Getting Started

The Direct Line for American Business program connects U.S. businesses with American Ambassadors and U.S. mission personnel overseas, making you part of our “country team.” You will get up-to-the minute information on markets vital to your business, and learn about new sectors and tenders to help you expand your business. For more information and to receive announcements of new calls, visit www.state.gov/directline

The Business Information Database System (BIDS) gives U.S. businesses up to date information about significant foreign government and multilateral development bank procurements. Through an interactive map interface, businesses can find new export opportunities, validated by U.S. government economic and commercial experts overseas. Public and private partners can link to or download BIDS data for matchmaking, analysis, or other purposes.
Please visit http://business.usa.gov/link-to-us to learn more.

 

Exporting To The Gambia

President Obama announced the National Export Initiative (NEI)http://www.export.gov two years ago, with the goal of doubling U.S. exports by 2014.  Africa is home to 6 of the 10 fastest growing countries in the world.  U.S. Embassy Banjul is committed to supporting U.S. companies looking to take advantage of this opportunity to export and grow their economic footprint in The Gambia.  In this section, you will find a quick description of The Gambia as an export market, suggestions and additional resources to help you and your business get started.

Importing From The Gambia

On January 1, 2015, The Gambia lost its eligibility to participate as a trade beneficiary under the provisions of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). A few U.S. citizens have set up small businesses in The Gambia and several U.S. brand companies such as Western Union, MoneyGram, UPS, Motorola, and Coca Cola are represented in the country.

U.S. goods imports from Gambia totaled $298,000 in 2014, down 82% ($1 million) from 2013, and down 39% from 2004.
The top import categories in 2014 were: fish and seafood ($82,000), special other ($39,000), vegetables ($35,000), animal or vegetable fats and oils ($28,000), and arts and crafts ($25,000).
U.S. imports of agricultural products from Gambia totaled over $90 thousand in 2014.

Source: Office of the United States Trade Representative