Trade Data Analysis

Ivory Coast: Intra-Africa trade and tariff profile

Ivory Coast: Intra-Africa trade and tariff profile

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This Trade Data Update provides an overview of Ivory Coast’s (Côté d’Ivoire) 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.

Intra-Africa trade

Ivory Coast’s trade composition with Africa is relatively diversified in a few products in terms for exports while imports are relatively concentrated. Ivory Coast has a trade surplus with Africa. In 2017, intra-Africa exports were valued at US$ 2.9 billion while imports were over US$ 1.9 billion. Intra-Africa exports account for 23% of Ivory Coast’s global exports while intra-Africa imports account for 20% of Ivory Coast’s global imports.

The bulk of exports were destined to ECOWAS states – Burkina Faso; Mali and Ghana with a combined share of 51%, while South Africa was the only non-REC state in the top 10 with a share of 14% in 2017. Top 10 export destinations accounted for 89% of Ivory Coast’s total intra-Africa exports. Other top destinations include Nigeria; Senegal; Guinea; and Togo.

In terms of import sources, Angola alone accounted for 45% of Ivory Coast’s intra-Africa. Togo; Morocco; Senegal and Mauritania accounted for an additional 32% share of Ivory Coast’s intra-Africa imports. These top 10 countries had a combined intra-Africa import share of 94% in 2017.

Intra-Africa tariff analysis

Ivory Coast is party to ECOWAS and CEN-SAD. However, no preference is given to CEN-SAD members unless they are also member of ECOWAS. ECOWAS has a CET in place.

With the exclusion of ECOWAS, Ivory Coast’s total intra-Africa imports were valued at about US$ 304 million in 2017 which is equivalent to 15% of Ivory Coast’s total intra-Africa imports. Of all products imported, the average tariff rate was about 12%. Main products Frozen fish; motor vehicles; Petroleum gas; and iron & steel among others. Top 10 imports from these countries accounted for 81% of Ivory Coast’s non-REC intra-Africa imports in 2017.


Ivory Coast: Intra-Africa trade and tariff profile | November 2018
Infographic: Ivory Coast – Intra-Africa trade and tariff profile | November 2018
Ivory Coast: Intra-Africa trade data | November 2018

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