Trade Data Analysis

Mauritania: Intra-Africa trade and tariff profile

Mauritania: Intra-Africa trade and tariff profile

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Intra-Africa trade profile for 2018

In 2018, Mauritania exported and imported goods to and from the rest of Africa to the value of US$234 million and US$285 million, respectively. Intra-Africa exports accounts for 11% of Mauritania’s total exports and imports for 9% of total imports for 2018.

  • Between 2017 and 2018, Mauritania’s world exports increased by 6%, while intra-Africa exports increased by 72%. The increase can mainly be attributed to increased intra-Africa exports of frozen fish and gypsum and increased exports to Ivory Coast and Togo. Mauritania’s world imports declined by 10%, but intra-Africa imports increased by 45%. The most significant increase in imports were in plastic builders’ ware not elsewhere specified; imports increased from US$420000 in 2017 to US$62 million in 2018. Imports from all major African source markets, including Morocco, Senegal, Algeria and Mali increased between 2017 and 2018.

  • Mauritania mainly exports frozen fish to the rest of Africa, including frozen Salmonidae (not Trout, Pacific, Atlantic and Danube Salmon), sardines and mackerel. 97% of intra-Africa exports are frozen fish; 97% of which frozen Salmonidae.

  • Other export products include meat and fish flours, meals and pellets and gypsum and anhydrite. The top 3 export products account for 98% of Mauritania’s exports to the rest of Africa.

  • Mauritania’s main intra-Africa import products are plastic builders’ ware not elsewhere specified (22%), other vegetables (8%), sugar in solid form (7%) and medicaments (6%).

  • The top 10 import products account for 62% of Mauritania’s intra-African imports.

  • Mauritania mainly trades with Morocco (31% of total trade (exports + imports)) and Ivory Coast (19% of total trade). Morocco is the main source country for intra-African imports and Ivory Coast the main African destination market.

  • Other trading partners include Togo (9% of total intra-Africa trade), Nigeria (7%) and Mali (7%).

  • 74% of Mauritania’s intra-African exports are to the Ivory Coast, Togo and Nigeria. Seven of Mauritania’s main African destination markets are also members of CEN-SAD.

  • 74% of Mauritania’s intra-African imports are sourced from Morocco, Senegal and Algeria. Eight of the main African source markets are either members of CEN-SAD (Senegal, Mali, Egypt, Togo and Ivory Coast), AMU (Algeria) or both (Morocco and Tunisia).

Intra-Africa import tariffs

Although Mauritania is part of two RECS, AMU and CEN-SAD, neither of these RECs currently have free trade arrangements in place. Consequently, all goods imported from other African countries are levied the MFN applied tariff. The MFN applied tariff has four tariff bands – duty-free, 5%, 13% and 20%.

At national tariff line level (HS10) Mauritania has 5499 tariff lines; the majority of which are 20% tariffs (40% of the tariff lines). 39% of the tariff lines have 5% import duties, while 17% of the tariff lines have 13% import duties. Only 4% of the tariff lines are duty-free.


Mauritania: Intra-Africa trade and tariff profile | August 2019
Infographic: Mauritania – Intra-Africa trade and tariff profile | August 2019
Mauritania: Intra-Africa trade and tariff profile | September 2018
Infographic: Mauritania – Intra-Africa trade and tariff profile | September 2018

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