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Chad - US Relations

The United States receives over 80 percent of Chads exports, primarily petroleum. Oil and agriculture drive Chads economy. Oil generates the bulk of export revenues. China supplies the largest share of Chads imports at 20 percent, followed by Cameroon at 18 percent, France at 16 percent, Saudi Arabia at 5 percent, and the United States with 4 percent. US goods exports to Chad in 2013 were $41 million.

U.S. interests in Chad include continued provision of humanitarian assistance to refugees and internally displaced persons in eastern Chad and Central African Republic refugees in southern Chad; continued Chadian commitment to efforts to reinforce regional stability and security, especially in regard to the Darfur crisis; continued Chadian progress toward a democratic transition, including promotion of human rights and the rule of law; more responsible public-revenue management to fuel sustainable socio-economic development; and continued U.S.-Chadian cooperation on regional and international counterterrorism efforts. There is no U.S. Agency for International Development mission or Peace Corps program in Chad. A number of American voluntary agencies operate in Chad.

The United States established diplomatic relations with Chad in 1960, following its independence from France. Relations between the United States and Chad are strong. Chad is emerging from half a century of regional conflict and internal turmoil, and pursuing better governance and development. Chad is currently at risk of violence spilling over from Libya, the Central African Republic, and Nigeria. The Chadian Government is taking steps to improve infrastructure and foster stability. The United States continues to encourage Chad to advance good governance, and Chad is expected to hold presidential elections in 2016.

The United States provides humanitarian assistance to refugees and internally displaced persons throughout Chad; encourages Chadian commitment to regional stability and security; promotes human rights and the rule of law; supports responsible public revenue management; and maintains U.S.-Chadian cooperation on regional and international counterterrorism. The U.S. Government works to achieve these goals through diplomatic engagement and multilateral, regional, and bilateral assistance programs. Chad is eligible for preferential trade benefits under the African Growth and Opportunity Act. Chad's exports to the United States are dominated by oil, while imports from the United States include machinery, plastics, and cereals. The United States does not have an investment treaty or a bilateral tax agreement with Chad.

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