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Burkina Faso: 2019 Intra-Africa trade and tariff profile

Burkina Faso: 2019 Intra-Africa trade and tariff profile
02 Jul 2020

Between 2018 and 2019, Burkina Faso’s intra-Africa exports and imports declined by 13% and 5% respectively. The main intra-Africa export products are unwrought zinc, oil seeds and cashews and the products Burkina Faso mainly imports from the rest of Africa are petroleum oils, electrical energy and tobacco products. Burkina Faso 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. Burkina Faso’s intra-Africa trade is mainly with other ECOWAS countries Ivory Coast, Ghana and Togo. 11% of world exports and 96% of intra-Africa exports are to other ECOWAS countries while 21% of world imports and 84% of intra-Africa imports are sourced from the rest of ECOWAS. Outside ECOWAS Burkina Faso mainly exports to Mauritius, Ethiopia and South Africa while imports of frozen fish, unspecified food preparations and electrical machines are sourced from African countries outside ECOWAS.

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