Trade Data Analysis

Seychelles: Intra-Africa trade and tariff profile

Seychelles: Intra-Africa trade and tariff profile

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Intra-Africa trade profile for 2018

In 2018, Seychelles exported and imported goods to and from the rest of Africa to the value of US$32.9 million and US$151.8 million, respectively. Intra-Africa exports accounts for 4% of Seychelles’ total exports and imports for 8% of total imports for 2018.

  • Between 2017 and 2018, Seychelles’ exports and imports from the rest of Africa increased by 7% and 9%, respectively. Exports of frozen fish almost doubled, while imports of salts and wine increased by US$3.4 million and US$1.8 million respectively.

  • 80% of Seychelles’ intra-Africa exports are frozen fish – mainly yellowfin Tuna exported to Mauritius.

  • Other export products include pleasure and sports boats and vessels; iron or steel containers for storing liquefied or compressed gas; and fish fours, meals and pellets. The top 10 export products account for 98% of Seychelles’ intra-Africa exports.

  • Seychelles imports diverse products from the rest of Africa; the top 10 import products account for only 28% of Seychelles’ total intra-Africa imports.

  • Import products include olive oil (7% of total intra-Africa imports), sawn wood (4%), salts (3%), pleasure and sports boats and vessels (3%) and paper packaging containers (3%).

  • Seychelles mainly trades with SADC member states South Africa and Mauritius (also an IOC member) – 76% of Seychelles’ total trade (exports + imports) with the rest of Africa is with these two countries. Mauritius is the main African destination market (57% of intra-Africa exports) and South Africa is the main African source market (55% of intra-Africa imports).

  • In terms of total trade, other main trading partners include Tunisia (8% of total intra-Africa trade), Madagascar (5%), Egypt (4%) and Ivory Coast (2%).

Intra-Africa import tariffs

Most of the goods imported into Seychelles from other SADC and COMESA countries enter duty-free. However, there are some goods which are levied either MFN applied duties or reduced MFN applied duties. Furthermore, the DRC, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Somalia and Tunisia are still in the process of acceding to the COMESA free trade area. Imports from the DRC are granted preferential access, while imports from Somalia and Tunisia are levied Seychelles’ MFN applied tariffs until tariff phase-down by these countries under COMESA has taken place. Imports from Eritrea and Ethiopia are granted preferential access; the preferential tariff applicable to imports from Eritrea is 20% of the MFN applied tariff and goods from Ethiopia are levied a preferential tariff of 90% of the MFN applied tariff.

Imports from the rest of COMESA and SADC not granted preferential access include cigarettes; cigarettes and cigars of tobacco substitutes; water-pipe, smoking and chewing tobacco; ciders; spirits (whiskies, vodka, gin, rum and liqueurs); mineral waters; frozen orange juice; chicken meat and green tea.

Imports from the rest of COMESA and SADC granted reduced MFN applied tariffs include fresh roses, dried flowers and other fresh flowers for bouquets (excluding roses, carnations, orchids, lilies and chrysanthemums); dietetic or low-calorie non-alcoholic beverages; milk-based beverages not containing fruit or vegetable juice; and wooden statuettes, ornaments and articles of furniture.

African imports from outside COMESA and SADC are levied the MFN applied duty. The MFN applied tariff of Seychelles has eight tariff bands – duty-free, 5%, 10%, 15%, 25%, 50%, 100% and 200%. Specific and combined duties are also levied on 28 tariff lines.

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

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