Kenya Trading Partner Portal

Trading Partner Portal: Kenya


Trade Overview

US - Kenya - California FlagsThe Republic of Kenya is located on the eastern coast of Africa, bordered by South Sudan to the northwest, Ethiopia to the north, Somalia to the east, Uganda to the west, Tanzania to the south, and the Indian Ocean to the southeast.

The population of Kenya totals 53.77 million people as of 2020 with the official languages of the country being English and Swahili; while many ethnic groups speak their mother tongues within their communities. Kenya is classified as a lower-middle-income economy and is the largest economy in eastern and central Africa with a GDP of $101.01 billion in 2020. Nairobi, Kenya’s capital, serves as the major commercial hub. Kenya recently moved up 5 spots on the World Bank’s Doing Business Index, ranking 56th out of 190.

U.S.-Kenya Trade

In February 2020, the U.S. announced its intent to negotiate a trade agreement with Kenya. This would be the first agreement with a sub-Saharan African country.

(In USD Millions) – Source:

(In USD Millions) – Source:

Total U.S.-Kenya two way trade currently reaches over $1.24 billion annually. In 2021, the U.S. exported $562 million worth of goods to Kenya. Oil and gas made up the largest export category at $137 million. This was followed by chemicals at $96 million and transportation equipment at $71 million. Imports from Kenya into the U.S. totaled $685 million in 2021. Apparel and accessories made up the largest portion at $449 million of the total. The next largest imports were agricultural products, chemicals, and processed foods. (International Trade Administration)

U.S. foreign direct investment into Kenya totaled $339 million in 2020, while Kenya FDI into the U.S. totaled $5 million (Bureau of Economic Analysis).

California-Kenya Trade

California is the second largest exporting state to Kenya after Texas. In 2021, California exported $32 million worth of goods to Kenya. Special classification provisions made up the largest portion at $7 million. This was followed by transportation equipment at $7 million and computer and electronic products at $4 million of the total.

In 2021, California imported $85 million worth of goods from Kenya, $40 million of which was made up agricultural products. This was followed by apparel and accessories, processed foods, and reimports. In 2020, California was the second largest state importing Kenyan goods. (International Trade Administration)

Business Opportunities in Kenya
Export Opportunities for Kenya’s Goods and Services – October 2020


Trade Agreements

Related News

Key Country Contacts