The total value of Egyptian exports to African countries during 2016 amounted to $1.253bn, accounting for 5.6% of total Egyptian exports to the world that reached $22.501bn in the same year, according to the Central Agency for Public Mobilisation and Statistics (CAPMAS).
In a recent report on the occasion of African Statistics Day, the agency pointed out that the total value of Egypt’s imports from African countries amounted to $1.043bn in 2016, which accounts for 1.5% of total Egyptian imports, which reached $71.356bn.
CAPMAS stated that four countries accounted for 54.9% of Egypt’s exports to Africa, namely Kenya, South Africa, Ethiopia, and Nigeria.
It explained that Egyptian exports to Kenya reached $264.4m (21.1% of exports to Africa), noting that sugar, and its derivates, exported to Kenya equalled $78.2m, while paper and paper products exported to Kenya reached $26.3m.
Moreover, CAPMAS said that exports to South Africa were valued at $226.3m, which accounts for 18% of total exports to Africa. The value of gold exports to South Africa reached $162.1m and $20.4m in broadcast receivers was exported.
The value of Egyptian exports to Ethiopia reached $106.2m (8.5% of exports to Africa), including $14.3m worth of essential oils and $12.1m of plastics.
Meanwhile, the value of Egyptian exports to Nigeria reached $90.6m (7.3% of exports to Africa), including $26.8m worth of sanitary pads and $14m worth of jet fuel.
Further, CAPMAS said that four countries accounted for 86.8% of Egyptian imports from Africa, noting that imports from Nigeria were worth $331.6m, accounting for 31.8% of imports from Africa.
Natural gas was the top good imported by Egypt from Nigeria, which was worth $324.5m.
In addition, Egyptian imports from Kenya reached $306.8m (29.4% of imports from Africa), including tea worth $280.1m and tobacco worth $9.9m.
Imports from Zambia amounted to $135.4m (12.9% of total imports from African countries), including copper worth $135.3m.
The value of imports from South Africa reached $131.5m, which accounts for 12.7% of imports from Africa. Egypt imported coal worth $77.1m and iron ore worth $14m from that country.