Bureau of African Affairs
Fact Sheet
October 2, 2015

More information about Chad is available on the Chad page and from other Department of State publications and other sources listed at the end of this fact sheet.


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.

U.S. Assistance to Chad

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.

Bilateral Economic Relations

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.

Chad's Membership in International Organizations

Chad and the United States belong to a number of the same international organizations, including the United Nations, International Monetary Fund, World Bank, and World Trade Organization.

Bilateral Representation

The U.S. Ambassador to Chad is James Knight; other principal embassy officials are listed in the Department's Key Officers List.

Chad maintains an embassy in the United States at 2401 Massachusetts Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20008 (tel: 202-652-1312).

More information about Chad is available from the Department of State and other sources, some of which are listed here:

Department of State Chad Page
Department of State Key Officers List
CIA World Factbook Chad Page
U.S. Embassy: Chad
USAID Chad Page
History of U.S. Relations With Chad
Human Rights Reports
International Religious Freedom Reports
Trafficking in Persons Reports
Narcotics Control Reports
Investment Climate Statements
Office of the U.S. Trade Representative Countries Page
U.S. Census Bureau Foreign Trade Statistics
Library of Congress Country Studies
Travel and Business Information

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