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Benin: 2019 intra-Africa trade and tariff profile

Benin: 2019 intra-Africa trade and tariff profile
02 Jul 2020

Between 2018 and 2019, intra-Africa exports by Benin declined by 1% while intra-Africa imports increased by 8%. The products main exported to other African countries include cotton, cotton-seed oil and frozen chicken cuts; the main import products are electrical energy, petroleum oils and fertilizer. Benin is a member of two Regional Economic Communities – the Economic Community of West Africa (ECOWAS) and the Community of Sahel-Saharan States (CEN-SAD), but only ECOWAS has a Free Trade Agreement in place among the ECOWAS member states. Intra-Africa trade is mainly with ECOWAS member states Nigeria, Togo and Ivory Coast. 14% of Benin’s world exports and 67% of intra-Africa exports are to other ECOWAS countries while 17% and 71% of respective world and intra-Africa imports are sourced from other ECOWAS countries. To African countries outside ECOWAS Benin mainly exports cotton, petroleum oils and light sea vessels and imports mainly from Morocco fertilizer, from Mauritania frozen fish and from South Africa goods vehicles.

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