In 2017, Kenya and the U.S. traded over $1 billion in goods, making Kenya the largest U.S. trading partner in East Africa. With new direct flights from Nairobi to New York, the value of trade between the U.S. and Kenya is sure to rise.
Top U.S. imports from Kenya are woven apparel and knit apparel, both of which gain significant competitive advantages through the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). Other AGOA-eligible products such as cut flowers and specialty foods should now find more U.S. market opportunities because of reduced cargo freight cost and shorter delivery times.
On October 16, the USAID Hub sponsored the U.S-Africa Trade Promotion Event in Nairobi to raise awareness of new business opportunities because of direct flights. The Export Promotion Council organized the event. U.S. Ambassador to Kenya, Robert Godec welcomed participants with a congratulations for realizing the long-term goal of direct flights and encouraged Kenyan businesses to seize the opportunities the flights would provide.