Lesotho Trade

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Overall Exports and Imports

Exports (in US$ Mil) 949
No. Of products 1,546
No. Of partners 89
Imports (in US$ Mil) 1,668
No. Of products 3,490
No. Of partners 119

Trade Indicator

HH Market concentration index0.25
Index of export market penetration1.49
World Growth12.59
Country Growth5.47

Service Indicators 2021

Service imports (BoP, current US$)407,711,025.79
Service exports (BoP, current US$)21,619,374.33
Imports of goods and services (% of GDP)93.52
Exports of goods and services (% of GDP)45.55

Lesotho top 5 Export and Import partners

Market Trade (US$ Mil) Partner share(%)
South Africa426 44.87
United States287 30.24
Belgium175 18.50
Unspecified20 2.15
Eswatini10 1.09
Exporter Trade (US$ Mil) Partner share(%)
South Africa1,249 74.88
China144 8.63
Other Asia, nes95 5.67
India24 1.42
Japan23 1.36

Lesotho Exports and Imports of Product Groups

Product Categories Exports Imports
Export(US$ Mil) Product share(%) Import(US$ Mil) Prod share(%) Weighted Average (%)
Raw materials240 25.29 128 7.69 0.33
Intermediate goods44 4.63 538 32.27 5.29
Consumer goods590 62.21 752 45.11 1.87
Capital goods74 7.83 248 14.84 0.70

Top 5 Products exports imports at HS 6 digit level

Diamonds non-industr ...175,422.35
Women's or girls' tr ...113,032.55
Mineral waters and a ...82,943.13
Men's or boys' trous ...73,589.84
Greasy wool (excl. s ...38,315.92
Petroleum oils, etc, ...165,343.15
Knitted or crocheted ...63,230.24
Knitted or crocheted ...38,925.93
Electrical energy37,251.33
Woven fabrics of hig ...31,323.83

Tariff and Trade Barriers for Lesotho

Tariffs 2021

No. Of Tariff Agreement 11
Simple Average (%) 6.01
Duty Free Imports (US$ Thousand) 1,382,111.99
Maximum Rate (%) 221.19
Weighted Average (%) 3.35
Duty Free Tariff Lines Share (%) 69.34

Overall Trade Restrictiveness Index (OTRI) 2009

Overall Trade Restrictiveness Index - MFN Tariff (2009)0.08
Overall Trade Restrictiveness Index - Applied Tariff (2009)0.04

Services Service Policy Restrictive Database (SPRD)

Services Trade Restrictions Index - Over All27.30

Non-Tariff Measures (NTM)

No Of NTM Measures...
No Of NTM Affected Products (HS 6 Digit)...

Temporary Trade Barriers Database (TTDB)

Temporary Trade Barriers in Effect - Simple Average...
Temporary Trade Barriers in Effect - Weighted Average...

World Development Indicators (WDI)

2021 WDI »
GDP (current US$ Mil)2,373
GNI per capita, Atlas method (current US$)1,240.00
Trade Balance (current US$ Mil)-1,139.00
Trade Balance (% of GDP)-47.97

Doing Business

2019 Doing Business »
Ease of Doing Business Rank122
Trading Across Borders Rank40

Country Policy and Institutional Assessment (CPIA)

2018 CPIA »
CPIA Trade Ratings4

Logistics Performance Index (LPI)

2016 LPI »
LPI Score2.03
LPI Rank154