Trade Agreements: The U.S. and the Southern Africa Customs Union (SACU), which includes Botswana, signed a Trade, Investment, and Development Cooperative Agreement (TIDCA) in 2008. The TIDCA establishes a forum for consultative discussions, cooperative work, and possible agreements on a wide range of trade issues, with a special focus on customs and trade facilitation, technical barriers to trade, sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) measures, and trade and investment promotion.
U.S.-Botswana Trade Facts
Botswana is currently our 136th largest goods trading partner with $265 million in total (two ways) goods trade during 2012. Goods exports totaled $48 million; Goods imports totaled $217 million. The U.S. goods trade deficit with Botswana was $169 million in 2012.
Botswana was the United States' 169th largest goods export market in 2012.
U.S. goods exports to Botswana in 2012 were $48 million, up 9.6% ($4 million) from 2011, and up 51.4% from 2002.
The top export categories (2-digit HS) for 2012 were: Special Other Category (low value shipments) ($21 million), Electrical Machinery ($8 million), Precious Stones (diamonds) ($6 million), Machinery ($3 million), and Pharmaceutical Products ($3 million).
U.S. exports of agricultural products to Botswana totaled $114 thousand in 2012.
Botswana was the United States' 110th largest supplier of goods imports in 2012
U.S. goods imports from Botswana totaled $217 million in 2012, a 26.1% decrease ($77 million) from 2011, but up 639% from 2002.
The five largest import categories in 2012 were: Precious Stones (diamonds) ($204 million), Knit Apparel ($6 million), Woven Apparel ($4 million), Special Other (returns) ($1 million), and Art and Antiques ($290 thousand).
U.S. imports of agricultural products from Botswana was $128 thousand in 2012.
The U.S. goods trade deficit with Botswana was $169 million in 2012, a 32.4% decrease ($81 million) over 2011.
U.S. foreign direct investment (FDI) in Botswana (stock) was $32 million in 2011 (latest data available), up 14.3 percent from 2010.
There is no information on the distribution of U.S. FDI in Botswana.
Botswana FDI in the United States (stock) is not available in 2011.
NOTE: No services trade data with Botswana is available.