Trade Data Analysis

Seychelles: Intra-Africa trade and tariff profile

Seychelles: Intra-Africa trade and tariff profile

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Intra-Africa trade

In 2017, Seychelles exported and imported goods to the value of US$30 million and US$139 million, respectively to and from the rest of Africa. Intra-Africa exports account for 5% of Seychelles’ total exports and imports for 10% of total imports for 2017.

87% of Seychelles’ exports to Africa for 2017 were frozen fish (mainly tuna) and vessels for pleasure or sport; mainly other vessels, motorboats and sailboats. The top 10 intra-African export products account for 95% of Seychelles’ total exports to all other African countries. The top 10 import products account for only 28% of Seychelles’ total intra-African imports.

South Africa and Mauritius are Seychelles’ main African trading partners (52% and 29% of total trade (imports + exports), respectively) followed by Tunisia (7%), Egypt (4%) and Madagascar (3%). The main African destination markets for Seychelles’ exports are Mauritius, South Africa, Madagascar and Ivory Coast.

Seychelles mainly sources imports from South Africa, Mauritius, Tunisia and Egypt.

Intra-Africa tariff analysis

Seychelles is part of both SADC and COMESA, meaning most of the goods imported from SADC or COMESA FTA countries enter duty-free. However, certain imports from these FTA member states face duties. Chicken meat imports (fresh and frozen) are levied a specific duty of 15%+5 Seychellois Rupees per kilogram and the specific tariff levied on cigarettes is 96 Seychellois Rupees per 200 cigarettes. Numerous imports from the rest of SADC are levied an ad valorem tariff of 15%

African imports from outside SADC and COMESA are levied the MFN applied tariff. The highest MFN applied tariffs are 200% levied on imports of tyres, cigars and tobacco. A duty of 120% is applicable to imports of spirits (including rum, vodka and liqueurs). Specific tariffs are applicable to imports of various products, including chicken meat, fruit juices, coconut milk, non-alcoholic beverages and cigarettes.

Only 3% of Seychelles’ total intra-Africa trade is with countries outside SADC and COMESA; mainly with Ivory Coast (33%), Senegal (22%), Algeria (13%) and Gabon (12%). 86% of Seychelles’ exports to outside SADC and COMESA are sailboats and yachts, frozen fresh and saltwater fish and frozen yellowfin tuna.

Only 0.9% of Seychelles’ intra-Africa imports are from outside SADC and COMESA. Of the top 20 products Seychelles imports from outside SADC and COMESA, only two products are levied MFN applied duties higher than 0%. These are frozen tuna (25% applicable duty) and pineapples (15% applicable duty).


Seychelles: Intra-Africa trade and tariff profile | March 2019
Infographic: Seychelles – Intra-Africa trade and tariff profile | March 2019

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