Trade Data Analysis

São Tomé and Príncipe: Intra-Africa trade and tariff profile

São Tomé and Príncipe: Intra-Africa trade and tariff profile

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Intra-Africa trade profile for 2018

In 2018, São Tomé and Príncipe exported and imported goods to and from the rest of Africa to the value of US$420 thousand and US$38 million, respectively. Intra-Africa exports account for 3% of São Tomé and Príncipe’s total exports and imports for 26% of total imports for 2018.

  • Between Between 2017 and 2018, São Tomé and Príncipe’s intra-African exports and imports increased by 33% and 8% respectively. The increase in exports can mainly be attributed to a significant increase in exports of passenger vehicles, while imports of cement more than doubled between 2017 and 2018.

  • Although intra-Africa exports of nuts (including coconuts) declined by 13% between 2017 and 2018, it is still the main intra-Africa export product for São Tomé and Príncipe. 37% of intra-Africa exports are nuts and 23% are exports of passenger vehicles. Other exports include insulated wires, new pneumatic tyres and other oil seeds and oleaginous fruits. The top 10 export products account for 84% of total intra-Africa exports.

  • 78% of intra-Africa imports are petroleum oils (excluding crude), all of which are imported from Angola. Other intra-Africa imports include cement, passenger vehicles, soy-bean oil and waters containing added sugar.

  • São Tomé and Príncipe mainly trades with Angola; 90% of total intra-Africa trade (exports + imports) is with Angola. 53% of intra-Africa exports are to Angola and 90% of intra-Africa imports are sourced from Angola.

  • Other main trading partners, in terms of total trade, are Gabon (4% of total intra-Africa trade), South Africa (1%) and Egypt (1%).

  • 61% of intra-Africa exports are to other ECCAS member states; mainly due to significant exports to Angola. Other African destination markets include Ivory Coast, Nigeria and Cameroon.

Intra-Africa import tariffs

São Tomé and Príncipe is only part of one REC; ECCAS of which the FTA is not yet in force and also currently only holds observer status at the WTO. Due to São Tomé and Príncipe not being a WTO member it does not have an MFN applied tariff but a general applied tariff applicable to all imports coming from the rest of the African continent. The general applied tariff has 4 tariff bands – duty-free, 5%, 10% and 20%. There are no specific duties in place. At HS6 there are 5375 tariff lines – 3% are duty-free, 19% have 5% import duties, 68% have 10% import duties and 10% have 20% import duties.

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São Tomé and Príncipe: Intra-Africa trade and tariff profile | November 2019
Infographic: São Tomé and Príncipe – Intra-Africa trade and tariff profile | November 2019
São Tomé and Príncipe: Intra-Africa trade and tariff profile | September 2018
Infographic: São Tomé and Príncipe – Intra-Africa trade and tariff profile | September 2018

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