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Zimbabwe: 2019 intra-Africa trade and tariff profile

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

Between 2018 and 2019, Zimbabwe’s intra-Africa exports increased by 1% while intra-Africa imports decreased by 27%. The products Zimbabwe mainly exports to the rest of the continent include tobacco, nickel, gold and ferro-chromium while the main intra-Africa import products include electrical energy, petroleum oils, crude soybean oil and medicines. Zimbabwe is a member of two Regional Economic Communities - the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) and the Southern African Development Community (SADC) – both of which have free trade agreements in place of which Zimbabwe is a member of. Zimbabwe mainly trades with South Africa, consequently Zimbabwe mainly trades with other SADC member states (99% of intra-Africa imports and exports; 61% of world exports and 47% of world imports). Due to the importance of trade with South Africa Zimbabwe’s intra-Africa trade with other COMESA countries account for only 5% of intra-Africa exports and 12% of intra-Africa imports. Zimbabwe’s trade with African countries outside SADC and COMESA is limited – exports of dried peas to Morocco; self-propelled graders to Gambia and maize seed for sowing to Burkina Faso, Algeria and Ghana. 61% of imports are sourced from Morocco which is mainly maize.


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