Trading Partner Portal: Cote d’Ivoire
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 2021, the U.S. exported $359 million worth of goods to the Ivory Coast, an increase from $219 million in 2020. Chemicals made up $125 million of the total. This was followed by oil and gas and processed foods which totaled $71 million and $43 million, respectively. Transportation equipment also made up $27 million of the total. The same year, the U.S. imported $1.2 billion worth of goods form the Ivory Coast. $780 million of total imports was made up of agricultural products, which includes cocoa. This was followed by imports of $256 million of processed foods, and forestry products and secondhand merchandise making up $166 million and $8 million of the total, respectively.
Trade with California
California exported $3 million to the Ivory Coast in 2021. This was made up of $1 million of computers and electronic products, and $1 million of non-electrical machinery. This was followed by chemicals and miscellaneous manufactured commodities.
California imports from the Ivory Coast in 2021 totaled $41 million. The majority of which were made up of processed foods totaling $27 million. This was followed by agricultural products, making up $13 million. California was the largest importing state from the Ivory Coast in 2021.
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