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

Trade Agreements: The U.S. and the West African Economic and Monetary Union (UEMOA), which includes Benin, signed a Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA) in 2002.

U.S.-Benin Trade Facts

Benin is currently our 118th largest goods trading partner with $610 million in total (exports plus imports) goods trade during 2013. Goods exports totaled $607 million; Goods imports totaled $3 million. The U.S. goods trade surplus with Benin was $604 million in 2013.

Exports

Benin was the United States' 98th largest goods export market in 2013.

U.S. goods exports to Benin in 2013 were $607 million, up 5.9% from 2012.

The top export categories (2-digit HS) for 2013 were: Vehicles ($517 million), Nuclear Reactors, Boilers ($18 million), Meat ($16 million), and Textile Art ($12 million).

Imports

Benin was the United States’ 189th largest supplier of goods imports in 2012.

U.S. goods imports from Benin totaled $3 million in 2013, a 17% increase from 2012.

The top import categories (2-digit HS) for 2013 were: Edible Fruit and Nuts (cashews) ($2 million), Live Animals ($203 thousand), and Art and Antiques ($126 thousand).

Trade Balance

The U.S. goods trade surplus with Benin was $604 million in 2013, 5.8% more than in 2012.