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Swaziland

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

Trade Agreements: The U.S. and the Southern Africa Customs Union (SACU), which includes Swaziland, 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.

Swaziland is also a member of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), which signed a Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA) with the U.S. in 2001.

U.S.-Swaziland Trade Facts

Swaziland is currently our 167th largest goods trading partner with $107 million in total (exports plus imports) goods trade during 2012. Goods exports totaled $40 million; Goods imports totaled $67 million. The U.S. goods trade deficit with Swaziland was $27 million in 2012.

Exports

Swaziland was the United States' 172nd largest goods export market in 2012.

U.S. goods exports to Swaziland in 2012 were $40 million, up 100% from 2011.

The top export categories (2-digit HS) for 2012 were: Optic and Medical Instruments ($15 million), Electrical Machinery ($6 million), Perfumery and Cosmetics ($3 million), Machinery ($3 million), and Special Other (donated products) ($2 million).

Imports

Swaziland was the United States' 134th largest supplier of goods imports in 2012.

U.S. goods imports from Swaziland totaled $67 million in 2012, a 25.4% decrease from 2011.

The top import categories (2-digit HS) for 2012 were: Knit Apparel ($31 million), Woven Apparel ($29 million), Preserved Food ($3 million), Machinery ($759 thousand), Optic and Medical Instruments ($562 thousand).

Trade Balance

The U.S. goods trade deficit with Swaziland was $27 million in 2012, 61.7% less than in 2011.

Ambassador Marantis Visits Swaziland

Deputy U.S. Trade Representative Demetrios Marantis visited Swaziland on February 11-12, 2010. Read the blogs regarding his visit below.

Ambassador Marantis Talks Trade and Development in Swaziland

Ambassador Marantis Concludes Visit to Swaziland