What Does Africa Export? Trade Performance of African Countries

07 January 2020
African Countries Export Data

Africa is the fifth largest continent in global exports, which accounted 2.4% percentage share in 2018. According to Africa trade data, total US$ 420.5 billion of goods were shipped from African countries in the said year. Mineral fuels and oils at 2-digit level HS Code were exported the most from Africa. At six-digit level HS Code, the maximum shipments of crude petroleum oil were departed from African nations. Check Africa export statistics with detailed market overview of African countries.


List of Continents with Export Figures Recorded in 2018


                       1.    Asia: US$ 7.326 trillion (41.7% of globally exported products)

                       2.    Europe: US$ 6.593 trillion (37.5%)

                       3.    North America: US$ 2.376 trillion (13.5%)

                       4.    South America: US$ 506.1 billion (2.9%)

                       5.    Africa: US$ 420.5 billion (2.4%)

                       6.    Oceania: US$ 283 billion (1.6%)


African Countries Export Performance in Last 5 Years


Since 2014, export performance of African countries has been down. From US$ 536.9 billion value of total commodities shipped from African countries recorded in 2014, this figure declined to US$ 499.1 billion in 2018. Have a look at export statistics registered in other years.



Year

Value in US$ Billion

2014

536.9

2015

373.6

2016

341.0

2017

422.9

2018

499.1

 


Africa’s Top 10 Exports


At 6-digit level HS Code, shipments of crude petroleum oil valued US$ 155.7 billion were departed the most from African countries in 2018. According to Africa shipment data, other top export commodities are gold, liquefied natural gas, light oils, natural gas in gaseous state, non-industrial diamonds, refined copper, medium oils, cocoa beans and unrefined copper.


Product

Value in US$ Billion

Crude Petroleum Oil

155.7

Gold

29.8

Liquefied Natural Gas

11.6

Light Oils and Preparations

9.5

Natural Gas in Gaseous State

9.3

Non-industrial Diamonds

8.7

Refined Copper

8.5

Medium Oils and Preparations

8.0

Cocoa Beans

6.6

Unrefined Copper

6.2

 


Top 10 Export Performers in Africa


In African continent, South Africa is the largest exporter country, which shipped goods worth US$ 94.1 billion in 2018. South Africa was followed by Nigeria, Angola, Algeria, Libya, Egypt, Morocco, Ghana, Tunisia and Cote d’lvoire. Check their export statistics from the chart and table given below.



Country

Value in US$ Billion

South Africa

94.1

Nigeria

52.9

Angola

42.0

Algeria

41.7

Libya

30.6

Egypt

29.3

Morocco

29.3

Ghana

17.0

Tunisia

16.3

Cote d’lvoire

11.8

 


So, if you want to do business with any African country, you can do that as you will find good business opportunities. And complete information on business activities of African exporters and their importers is available with us. We provide Africa customs data of Botswana, Burundi, DR Congo, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Rwanda, South Africa, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia. For your reference, check Ghana export sample and understand which columns covered in data of African countries.  


Ghana Export Sample


Date

17-05-2018

Exporter Name

Anadarko WCTP Company

Importer Name

Anadarko Energy Services

HS Code

2709000000

Goods Description

Jubilee Oil Field

Vessel Name

M/T Delta

FOB Value in Foreign Currency

52872354.08

Currency Name

USD

FOB Value GHC

233405007.1

Port Name

Jubilee Oil Field

Destination Country

South Africa

Quantity

851297

Weight

113869490

Unit

BBL

 

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