The U.S. established diplomatic relations with Albania in 1922, following its 1912 independence from the Ottoman Empire. The U.S. has been a strong partner and friend to Albania as it has made progress to consolidate democracy, to open up its economy, and to provide opportunity for all its people. Albania has contributed to regional and global security.
U.S. Assistance to Albania
U.S. Government assistance aims to help Albania strengthen democratic institutions and rule of law; promote sustainable, broad-based economic growth; and integrate the country into European and Euro-Atlantic structures.
Bilateral Economic Relations
Trade with the U.S. accounts for a small part of Albania's trade volume, and is focused on a narrow range of goods and services. Major imports from the U.S. include food (mainly meat), vehicles, machinery, and computer and electronic equipment, while the main exports to the U.S. include minerals, fuels and oil, agricultural products, footwear, and textiles. Albania is eligible to export certain products duty-free to the U.S. under the Generalized System of Preferences program. The U.S. and Albania have signed a bilateral investment treaty.