Trade Data Analysis

Senegal: Intra-Africa trade and tariff profile

Senegal: Intra-Africa trade and tariff profile

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This Trade Data Update provides an overview of Senegal’s intra-African trade relationships, both within the Regional Economic Communities (RECs) and with other individual African countries; the top import and export products traded; and applicable tariffs. Data is sourced from the International Trade Centre (ITC) TradeMap database and the World Trade Organisation (WTO) Tariff Database. The update is accompanied by a visual representation of key data and trends in an infographic.

Intra-Africa trade

Senegal belongs to two African RECs, namely the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the Community of Sahel-Saharan States (CEN-SAD).

In 2017, Senegal exported and imported goods to and from the rest of Africa to the value of US$1.4 billion and US$1.1 billion, respectively. Intra-Africa exports account for 46% of Senegal’s total exports and imports for 17% of total imports for 2017.

  • Petroleum oils (both Crude and excluding Crude) is the main commodity traded by Senegal; trade in petroleum oils account for 32% of Senegal’s total trade (imports + exports) with the rest of Africa.

  • Senegal mainly exports petroleum oils (not Crude) (17%), cement (14%), frozen fish (10%) and soups and broths (9%) to the rest of Africa. The top 10 intra-Africa export products accounts for 66% of Senegal’s total exports to other African countries.

  • Senegal’s main intra-Africa import products are Crude petroleum oils, palm oil, petroleum oils excluding Crude, coal and goods vehicles. The top 10 products Senegal imports from the rest of Africa accounts for 71% of Senegal’s total intra-Africa imports.

  • In terms of total trade Mali (24% of total trade) and Nigeria (22%) are Senegal’s main African trading partners. Mali is an important destination market (mainly for medium oils and preparations and Portland cement), while Nigeria is the most important source country (96% of the products sourced from Nigeria is Crude petroleum oils).

  • Other trading partners include Ivory Coast (11% of total trade) and South Africa (5%).

  • The main destination markets for Senegal’s intra-Africa exports are Mali (43%), Ivory Coast (10%), Gambia (8%) and Guinea (8%).

  • Senegal mainly sources intra-Africa imports from Nigeria (47%), Ivory Coast (11%), South Africa (11%) and Morocco (9%).

Intra-Africa imports tariffs

Senegal prescribes to the ECOWAS ETLS enabling all qualifying goods sourced from approved producers in the other ECOWAS member states to be imported into Senegal duty-free. Goods imported from CEN-SAD countries, which are not ECOWAS member states (including Egypt, Morocco, Somalia and Tunisia) and the rest of Africa are levied the MFN applied duty. The MFN applied duty of Senegal is the ECOWAS CET.

The ECOWAS CET has five tariff bands – 0%, 5%, 10%, 20% and 35% and there are no specific import duties. The 35% tariff is applicable to numerous tariff lines, including meat and edible offal of bovine, swine and poultry; sausages; sugar confectionery not containing cocoa; cocoa powder and chocolate, yoghurt and waters.

Various products are imported free of duty, including medicaments (HS30), orthopaedic appliances (HS9021), printed paper materials (unused postage, newspaper, books, music manuscripts, maps and children’s drawings), petroleum oils (HS2709) and laboratory cultures and reagents (HS3821 and 3822).

The ECOWAS CET has five tariff bands – 0%, 5%, 10%, 20% and 35% and there are no specific import duties. The 35% tariff is applicable to numerous tariff lines, including meat and edible offal of bovine, swine and poultry; sausages; sugar confectionery not containing cocoa; cocoa powder and chocolate, yoghurt and waters.

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Senegal: Intra-Africa trade and tariff profile | August 2018
Infographic: Senegal – Intra-Africa trade and tariff profile | August 2018

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