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Export to the USA

For African businesses looking to enter or expand in the United States.

Explore all Export to the USA tools

Why Export to the USA?

The United States has the largest consumer market in the world, with more than 330 million people and a gross domestic product of over $20 trillion. African businesses across many sectors have opportunities to export to the United States, including those in sectors such as food and beverage, textiles and apparel, equipment and machinery, and more.

Although U.S. markets present massive economic opportunities, these markets can also be challenging to enter and navigate. For example, businesses seeking to export to the United States must meet high standards for product quality, comply with regulatory requirements, supply U.S. buyers with commercial volumes on reliable timelines, and meet consumer expectations.

The U.S. Government has taken unprecedented steps to strengthen trade through the African Growth and Opportunity Act, known as AGOA. Many African countries have beneficiary status under AGOA, which significantly reduces barriers for companies by providing duty-free entry into the United States for many products.  Through the Prosper Africa initiative, the U.S. Government offers direct support and tools for African businesses seeking to enter or expand in U.S. markets.

The U.S. Government offers direct support to businesses in Africa, including:

  • Matchmaking with potential partners.
  • Help meeting international quality standards and certification requirements.
  • Grants and financial assistance.
  • Technical assistance (e.g., for business development, training on export requirements and U.S. quality standards).

Prosper Africa Tools See all Prosper Africa Tools

Type of Support
U.S. Government Agency

African Women’s Entrepreneurship Program

Elevating U.S.-Africa trade and intra-Africa trade opportunities for women, youth, and the diaspora.

Investment and Partnership Opportunities in Africa’s Creative Industries

Presentation On Opportunities For Investment And Partnership In Africa's Growing Creative Industries

Near-Universal Connectivity in Africa

Presentation On Connectivity in Africa

African Healthcare Investment and Trade Landscape

Healthcare-Specific Commercial Guide to Investing and Trading With African Countries

Kenya Small Business Development Centers

Access free business consulting, training, and more

Work with USAID

Use this resource hub to navigate how to work with USAID

USAID-Private Sector Partnership Opportunities

Find opportunities to partner with USAID in advancing both business and development objectives

U.S. Customs Information

Get general information and updates on U.S. Customs and Border Protection Regulations

Guide to Exporting to the United States

Understand U.S. import policies

USAID Grant Opportunities for Businesses in West Africa

Get financing to create jobs and export to the United States

Agricultural Info Database

Browse a global information database to gain insights on African agriculture sectors

USADF Grants for African-Owned Businesses

Get financial assistance for your business

AGOA Guide for African Exporters

Access U.S. markets through the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA)

Health Inspection Resources

Get information on importing or exporting agricultural products

USAID Trade & Investment Activity

Access support for your trade or investment deals from experts that specialize in facilitating U.S.-Africa transactions