Sub-Saharan Africa Trade

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TRADE SUMMARY FOR Sub-Saharan Africa


Overall Exports and Imports

Exports (in US$ Mil) 241,362
No. Of products 4,535
No. Of partners 228
Imports (in US$ Mil) 253,395
No. Of products 4,627
No. Of partners 236

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Service Indicators 2019

Service imports (BoP, current US$)136,997,881,159.77
Service exports (BoP, current US$)74,107,283,769.40
Imports of goods and services (% of GDP)27.56
Exports of goods and services (% of GDP)24.97

Sub-Saharan Africa top 5 Export and Import partners

Market Trade (US$ Mil) Partner share(%)
China25,987 10.77
India18,494 7.66
South Africa14,765 6.12
United States12,460 5.16
Netherlands11,338 4.70
Exporter Trade (US$ Mil) Partner share(%)
China45,548 17.98
South Africa17,303 6.83
India17,087 6.74
United States16,407 6.47
Germany12,397 4.89

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 materials105,328 43.64 28,431 11.22 2.78
Intermediate goods78,308 32.44 52,026 20.53 4.77
Consumer goods41,207 17.07 94,927 37.46 12.07
Capital goods16,134 6.68 69,684 27.50 3.66

Top 5 Products exports imports at HS 6 digit level

Petroleum oils and o ...51,619,786.62
Gold in oth semi-man ...14,090,802.96
Petroleum oils, etc, ...6,387,055.84
Diamonds non-industr ...6,252,617.36
Cocoa beans, whole o ...5,789,609.41
Petroleum oils, etc, ...26,203,116.96
Petroleum oils and o ...11,315,334.72
Other medicaments of ...4,871,813.28
New stamps; stamp-im ...4,135,767.01
Transmission apparat ...3,754,425.38

Tariff and Trade Barriers for Sub-Saharan Africa

Tariffs 2019

No. Of Tariff Agreement 534
Simple Average (%) 10.44
Duty Free Imports (US$ Thousand) 104,207,584.66
Maximum Rate (%) 3,000
Weighted Average (%) 6.81
Duty Free Tariff Lines Share (%) 42.03

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)

2019 WDI »
GDP (current US$ Mil)1,770,043
GNI per capita, Atlas method (current US$)1,560.14
Trade Balance (current US$ Mil)-66,114.00
Trade Balance (% of GDP)-2.59

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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