Lesotho Trade

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Overall Exports and Imports

Exports (in US$ Mil) 673
No. Of products 1,626
No. Of partners 82
Imports (in US$ Mil) 2,066
No. Of products 3,629
No. Of partners 84

Trade Indicator

HH Market concentration index0.23
Index of export market penetration1.31
World Growth5.68
Country Growth10.18

Service Indicators 2019

Service imports (BoP, current US$)422,306,393.24
Service exports (BoP, current US$)29,193,988.79
Imports of goods and services (% of GDP)93.16
Exports of goods and services (% of GDP)45.49

Lesotho top 5 Export and Import partners

Market Trade (US$ Mil) Partner share(%)
South Africa331 49.20
United States306 45.46
Eswatini11 1.70
Germany6 0.88
Canada5 0.80
Exporter Trade (US$ Mil) Partner share(%)
South Africa1,461 70.74
China307 14.84
Other Asia, nes109 5.29
India52 2.54
Japan34 1.63

Lesotho Exports and Imports of Product Groups

Product Categories Exports Imports
Export(US$ Mil) Product share(%) Import(US$ Mil) Prod share(%) Weighted Average (%)
Raw materials37 5.51 176 8.50 0.10
Intermediate goods73 10.83 642 31.07 2.30
Consumer goods509 75.65 992 48.01 0.95
Capital goods54 7.98 255 12.34 0.19

Top 5 Products exports imports at HS 6 digit level

Men's or boys' trous ...94,277.21
Women's or girls' tr ...88,713.69
Men's or boys' shirt ...40,930.38
T-shirts, singlets, ...34,503.03
Jerseys, pullovers, ...32,657.72
Articles, iron or st ...235,288.06
Other paraffin wax.. ...191,257.84
Petroleum oils, etc, ...152,769.91
Weft knits or croche ...53,946.46
Knitted or crocheted ...42,340.95

Tariff and Trade Barriers for Lesotho

Tariffs 2017

No. Of Tariff Agreement 9
Simple Average (%) 2.35
Duty Free Imports (US$ Thousand) 1,214,867.96
Maximum Rate (%) 281.96
Weighted Average (%) 1.43
Duty Free Tariff Lines Share (%) 86.76

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)

2019 WDI »
GDP (current US$ Mil)2,366
GNI per capita, Atlas method (current US$)1,290.00
Trade Balance (current US$ Mil)-1,128.00
Trade Balance (% of GDP)-47.67

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