Cote d’Ivoire Trading Partner Portal

Trading Partner Portal: Cote d’Ivoire


Trade Overview


Cote d’Ivoire, or the Ivory Coast in English, is located off the south coast of West Africa. The area became a protectorate of France in 1842, becoming a colony in 1893, and later achieved independence in 1960 under Félix Houphouët-Boigny, who ruled the country from 1960 to 1993 when he died. The Ivory Coast is relatively stable, by regional standards, and has close political and economic ties with its West African neighbors, while at the same time maintaining close relations with the West, especially France. In the 1960s and 70s, the country was an economic powerhouse in West Africa due to its production of coffee and cocoa. Today, the country is the world’s largest exporter of cocoa beans and the fourth largest exporter of goods overall in sub-Saharan Africa.

In 2019, the U.S. exported $278 million worth of goods to the Ivory Coast. Chemicals made up 33.4% of the total and $92 million. This was followed by oil and gas and non-electrical machinery which totaled $35.7million and $31.2 million, respectively. Petroleum and coal products also made up 8.5% of the total. The same year, the U.S. imported $923.8 million worth of goods form the Ivory Coast. 55.4% of total imports was made up of agricultural products, which includes cocoa, and totaled $512 million. This was followed by imports of $172 million of food manufactures, making up 18.7% of the total, and petroleum/coal and forestry products making up 14.4 and 9.4% of the total, respectively.

Trade with California

California exported $7.14 million to the Ivory Coast in 2019. This was made up of $1.49 million of chemicals, which accounted for 20.9% of the total and $1.4 million of miscellaneous manufactured commodities, which accounted for 19.6% of the total. This was followed by computer and electronic products and food manufactures which each made up just over 18.6% and 15.7% of total exports, respectively.

California imports from the Ivory Coast in 2019 totaled $50.45 million, up from $30.96 million in 2018. The majority of which were made up of food manufactures totaled $24 million and making up 48.1% of the total. This was followed by agricultural products, making up 27.2% of the total at $13.7 million. Imports also included petroleum and coal products making up 24.6% of the total. California was the 3rd largest importing state from the Ivory Coast. The largest being New Jersey and Pennsylvania, likely because of the Ivory Coast’s cocoa production.

Remarks by Commerce Secretary Wilbur L. Ross at the U.S.-Cote d’Ivoire MOU Signing Ceremony
U.S. Department of Commerce, December 7, 2018