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AGOA Status: Malawi is eligible for AGOA this year. It also qualifies for textile and apparel benefits.

Trade Agreements: The U.S. and the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), which includes Malawi, signed a Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA) in 2001.

U.S.-Malawi Trade Facts

Malawi is currently our 161st largest goods trading partner with $130 million in total (exports plus imports) goods trade during 2012. Goods exports totaled $64 million; Goods imports totaled $66 million. The U.S. goods trade surplus with Malawi was $2 million in 2012.


Malawi was the United States' 162nd largest goods export market in 2012.

U.S. goods exports to Malawi in 2012 were $64 million, up 12.2% from 2011.

The top export categories (2-digit HS) for 2012 were: Pharmaceutical Products ($28 million), Special Other (low value shipments) ($10 million), Cereals (wheat) ($6 million), Machinery ($5 million), and Miscellaneous Food ($3 million).


Malawi was the United States' 135th largest supplier of goods imports in 2012.

U.S. goods imports from Malawi totaled $66 million in 2012, a 1.6% increase from 2011.

The top import categories (2-digit HS) for 2012 were: Tobacco ($43 million), Spices, Coffee, and Tea (tea) ($7 million), Knit Apparel ($6 million), Sugars ($5 million), and Edible Fruit and Nuts (macadamia nuts) ($5 million).

Trade Balance

The U.S. goods trade with Malawi was $2 million in 2012, down 74.6% from 2011.