Sub-Saharan Africa Trade

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TRADE SUMMARY FOR Sub-Saharan Africa


Overall Exports and Imports

Exports (in US$ Mil) 281,847
No. Of products 4,564
No. Of partners 229
Imports (in US$ Mil) 273,346
No. Of products 4,625
No. Of partners 237

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Service Indicators 2018

Service imports (BoP, current US$)130,880,662,230.00
Service exports (BoP, current US$)71,036,562,785.00
Imports of goods and services (% of GDP)28.27
Exports of goods and services (% of GDP)25.37

Sub-Saharan Africa top 5 Export and Import partners

Market Trade (US$ Mil) Partner share(%)
China37,570 13.33
India26,316 9.34
Netherlands14,785 5.25
United States14,638 5.19
South Africa12,771 4.53
Exporter Trade (US$ Mil) Partner share(%)
China45,010 16.47
South Africa18,950 6.93
India15,669 5.73
United States13,216 4.84
Germany12,950 4.74

Sub-Saharan Africa Exports and Imports of Product Groups

Product Categories Exports Imports
Export(US$ Mil) Product share(%) Import(US$ Mil) Prod share(%) Weighted Average (%)
Raw materials147,933 52.49 32,592 11.92 2.62
Intermediate goods69,205 24.55 57,573 21.06 5.18
Consumer goods46,075 16.35 103,532 37.88 10.98
Capital goods17,621 6.25 70,851 25.92 4.56

Top 5 Products exports imports at HS 6 digit level

Petroleum oils and o ...91,436,915.00
Gold in oth semi-man ...14,891,644.01
Diamonds non-industr ...7,797,213.07
Natural gas, liquefi ...7,586,256.60
Bituminous coal, not ...6,156,417.22
Petroleum oils, etc, ...36,638,973.45
Petroleum oils and o ...13,601,606.28
Floating or submersi ...5,679,178.91
Other medicaments of ...4,538,360.60
Transmission apparat ...4,107,498.30

Tariff and Trade Barriers for Sub-Saharan Africa

Tariffs 2018

No. Of Tariff Agreement 788
Simple Average (%) 9.66
Duty Free Imports (US$ Thousand) 109,264,899.20
Maximum Rate (%) 1,482.37
Weighted Average (%) 6.74
Duty Free Tariff Lines Share (%) 42.33

Overall Trade Restrictiveness Index (OTRI)

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Services Service Policy Restrictive Database (SPRD)

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Temporary Trade Barriers Database (TTDB)

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World Development Indicators (WDI)

2018 WDI »
GDP (current US$ Mil)1,709,948
GNI per capita, Atlas method (current US$)1,517.05
Trade Balance (current US$ Mil)-48,520.00
Trade Balance (% of GDP)-2.90

Doing Business

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Country Policy and Institutional Assessment (CPIA)

2018 CPIA »
CPIA Trade Ratings3.68

Logistics Performance Index (LPI)

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