Sub-Saharan Africa Trade

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TRADE SUMMARY FOR Sub-Saharan Africa


Overall Exports and Imports

Exports (in US$ Mil) 205,741
No. Of products 4,520
No. Of partners 226
Imports (in US$ Mil) 249,728
No. Of products 4,616
No. Of partners 237

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Service Indicators 2020

Service imports (BoP, current US$)...
Service exports (BoP, current US$)...
Imports of goods and services (% of GDP)23.57
Exports of goods and services (% of GDP)21.84

Sub-Saharan Africa top 5 Export and Import partners

Market Trade (US$ Mil) Partner share(%)
China26,094 12.68
India11,621 5.65
South Africa10,730 5.22
United States10,486 5.10
Switzerland10,469 5.09
Exporter Trade (US$ Mil) Partner share(%)
China51,200 20.50
South Africa18,391 7.36
India17,432 6.98
United States14,397 5.76
Germany10,434 4.18

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 materials78,252 38.03 24,053 9.63 3.74
Intermediate goods78,416 38.11 62,850 25.17 6.23
Consumer goods34,206 16.63 93,340 37.38 11.58
Capital goods14,376 6.99 63,985 25.62 4.69

Top 5 Products exports imports at HS 6 digit level

Petroleum oils and o ...29,857,860.62
Gold in oth semi-man ...14,262,412.10
Copper cathodes and ...8,601,261.02
Copper unrefined, co ...6,311,770.85
Diamonds non-industr ...5,377,678.13
Petroleum oils, etc, ...25,722,889.23
Other medicaments of ...6,068,514.02
Petroleum oils and o ...5,772,058.13
Transmission apparat ...3,431,354.70
New stamps; stamp-im ...2,956,376.39

Tariff and Trade Barriers for Sub-Saharan Africa

Tariffs 2020

No. Of Tariff Agreement 773
Simple Average (%) 10.18
Duty Free Imports (US$ Thousand) 101,963,238.54
Maximum Rate (%) 200
Weighted Average (%) 7.50
Duty Free Tariff Lines Share (%) 38.15

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)

2020 WDI »
GDP (current US$ Mil)1,685,632
GNI per capita, Atlas method (current US$)1,478.57
Trade Balance (current US$ Mil)-68,254.00
Trade Balance (% of GDP)-1.72

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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