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 suffers incursions by armed groups from Nigeria and Libya, and hosted over 470,000 refugees as of May 2020, primarily from Sudan and the Central African Republic. The Chadian Government is taking steps to improve infrastructure and foster stability. The United States continues to encourage Chad to advance good governance.
U.S. Assistance to Chad
The United States provides humanitarian assistance to refugees and internally displaced persons throughout Chad; encourages Chad’s commitment to regional stability and security; promotes human rights and the rule of law; promotes private sector enterprise, responsible public revenue management, and improvements in investment and business climate; and maintains U.S.-Chadian cooperation on regional and international counterterrorism initiatives. 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. Chad is favorably disposed to foreign investment, especially from North American companies. The GOC has made economic diversification away from oil a critical objective of its 2030 Vision and 2017-2021 NDP, focusing on agriculture, livestock, and minerals as key sectors for export development. 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.
There is currently no U.S. Ambassador appointed to Chad. The Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. is Jessica Davis Ba; 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.
CIA World Factbook Chad Page
USAID Chad Page
History of U.S. Relations With Chad
Office of the U.S. Trade Representative Country Page
U.S. Census Bureau Foreign Trade Statistics
Library of Congress Country Studies