Trade Data Analysis

Intra-Africa market access

Intra-Africa market access

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This Trade Brief documents the situation with regard to market access between the countries of the African Union[1]. The purpose is to aid in understanding the accessibility of African markets to non-Free Trade Area trading partners, pursuant to the negotiations around the Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA).

Therefore the data shows the extent of Most Favoured Nation (MFN, as applied) treatment by African countries using the latest available data[2]. The analysis uses national tariff line data sourced from the International Trade Centre (ITC)’s MacMap[3] data portal.

This synopsis should be read in conjunction with the spreadsheet below, and the two documents together contain the following data:

  • Graphical illustrations of SACU intra-trade over the last decade, for the top six traded products. A second graph is provided based on the top products traded at the start of the period, since the shifts over the decade are substantial.

  • An infographic giving a visualised overview of the findings and conclusions of the report

  • An overview of the MFN market access status in Africa, expressed quantitatively

  • A 54 by 54 matrix representing every potential unidirectional trade flow in Africa, and showing the REC relationship/s[4] governing that flow

  • Ranked statistics on tariff lines, duty-free tariff lines, tariff lines between 0 and 10% and tariff lines above 10%, and these figures expressed as proportions of total, for:

    • All AU countries as listed[5]

    • Aggregated at the REC level

    • Broken down by the eight main RECs

    • Ranked bar charts showing the above data

  • Individual country sheets for 53 members of the AU, providing the latest available tariff list at National Tariff Line (NTL) level

  • A synopsis providing additional insight and analysis into the data as presented

  • Concluding remarks drawn from the analysis and data.


[1] Excluding Western Sahara, which is not under record. In addition, data is not available for Somalia and South Sudan.

[2] Of the 54 fully recognised AU members, 52 are covered by this TB. Of these, 29 countries have data for 2016, nine for 2015, six for 2014, two for 2013, two for 2012, one for 2007 and three for 2006.

[3] http://www.macmap.org/

[4] Note that only the primary eight RECs are shown in this matrix

[5] Excluding Western Sahara and those for which data is not available.


NOTE: The chart featured below is dynamic. This means that by clicking on any item in the chart legend, you can activate/deactivate the series. Placing your cursor over an individual data point allows you to view the actual data.

Downloads

Synopsis: Intra-Africa market access | March 2017 - Author(s): John Stuart
Spreadsheet: Intra-Africa market access trade data | March 2017, part 1
Spreadsheet: Intra-Africa market access trade data | March 2017, part 2
Spreadsheet: Intra-Africa market access trade data | March 2017, part 3
Spreadsheet: Intra-Africa market access trade data | March 2017, part 4
Spreadsheet: Intra-Africa market access trade data | March 2017, part 5

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