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Sierra Leone: Intra-Africa trade and tariff profile

Sierra Leone: Intra-Africa trade and tariff profile

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Intra-Africa trade profile for 2018

In 2018, Sierra Leone’s intra-Africa exports were valued at US$72 million, while imports were valued at US$120 million, accounting for 35% and 12% of Sierra Leone’s global exports and imports, respectively. Sierra Leone’s intra-Africa exports increased by 46% between 2017 and 2018, due to increased exports to Senegal (616%), Burkina Faso (326%), Nigeria (158%), Cameroon (128%) and Benin (154%). Sierra Leone’s intra-Africa imports increased by 24% between 2017 and 2018, while its global imports fell by 10%.

  • 25% of Sierra Leone’s exports to African countries were goods transportation vehicles, 15% were frozen fish and 10% were palm oil in 2018.

  • Other top intra-Africa export products included pyrophoric alloys (8%), self-propelled construction equipment (6%), oil seeds and oleaginous fruits (5%), electrical transformers (3%), machinery parts (2%) and seed oils (2%). The top 9 export products accounted for 75% of Sierra Leone’s total intra-Africa exports. Between 2017 and 2018, intra-Africa exports of frozen fish, palm oil and sunflower seed increased by 334%, 1986% and 1022%, respectively.

  • In 2018, 32% of Sierra Leone’s intra-Africa exports were destined for Somalia, 23% for Ghana and 13% for Guinea. Other African countries importing Sierra Leone’s exports included Senegal (8%), Ivory Coast (5%), Benin (4%), Liberia (3%), South Africa (2%) and Nigeria (2%). These 10 countries imported 96% of Sierra Leone’s total intra-Africa exports in 2018

  • Somalia, South Africa and Cameroon are the only non-ECOWAS member states among Sierra Leone’s top 10 export destinations

  • In 2018, imports of plastic packaging were Sierra Leone’s highest intra-Africa import product, accounting for 9% of the country’s intra-Africa imports. Imports of rice were the second at 8%, followed by building structures (6%), frozen fish; plastic tubes, pipes and hoses; and articles of iron or steel (4% each). Other top import products included circuit breakers, cement and machinery for sorting and screening.

  • In 2018, 37% of Sierra Leone’s intra-Africa imports were sourced from South Africa, 25% from Guinea and 9% from Eswatini. Other top African source markets for Sierra Leone’s intra-Africa imports included Ghana (5%); Morocco (4%); Nigeria, Senegal and Tunisia (3% each) and Egypt and Liberia (2% each). The top 10 countries had a combined intra-Africa import share of 94% in 2018. Five of Sierra Leone’s top 10 import sources are non-ECOWAS members: South Africa, Eswatini, Morocco, Tunisia and Egypt.

Intra-Africa import tariffs

Sierra Leone subscribes to the ECOWAS ETLS enabling all qualifying goods sourced from approved producers in the other ECOWAS member states to be imported 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 Sierra Leone is the ECOWAS CET, which has five tariff bands – duty-free, 5%, 10%, 20% and 35%.

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Sierra Leone: Intra-Africa trade and tariff profile | December 2019
Infographic: Sierra Leone – Intra-Africa trade and tariff profile | December 2019
Sierra Leone: Intra-Africa trade and tariff profile | December 2018
Infographic: Sierra Leone – Intra-Africa trade and tariff profile | December 2018
Sierra Leone: Intra-Africa trade data spreadsheet | December 2018

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