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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 114th largest goods trading partner with $576 million in total (exports plus imports) goods trade during 2012. Goods exports totaled $574 million; Goods imports totaled $3 million. The U.S. goods trade surplus with Benin was $571 million in 2012.

Exports

Benin was the United States' 92nd largest goods export market in 2012.

U.S. goods exports to Benin in 2012 were $574 million, down 7.1% from 2011.

The top export categories (2-digit HS) for 2012 were: Vehicles ($477 million), Mineral Fuel (oil) ($41 million), Pharmaceuticals ($10 million), Meat ($7 million), and Machinery ($6 million).

Imports

Benin was the United States’ 188th largest supplier of goods imports in 2012.

U.S. goods imports from Benin totaled $3 million in 2012, a 35.7% increase from 2011.

The top import categories (2-digit HS) for 2012 were: Art and Antiques ($1 million), Edible Fruit and Nuts (cashews) ($819 thousand), Live Animals (reptiles) ($255 thousand), Special Other (returns) ($154 thousand), and Precious Stones (gold) ($46 thousand).

The U.S. goods trade surplus with Benin was $571 million in 2012, 7.2% less than in 2011.

Trade Balance

The U.S. goods trade surplus with Benin was $619 million in 2011, 33.6% more than in 2010.