The Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS) said that the value of Egyptian exports to the Nile Basin countries increased to $1.117bn during the period extending from January to September 2021, compared to $835m during the same period last year, a growth of 33.7%.
The agency explained, in a report, that five African countries accounted for 94.7% of the Egyptian exports to the Nile Basin region in 9M 2021. Sudan topped the list by 52.7% or $588m worth imports from Egypt, followed by Kenya by 25.4% or $284m, Ethiopia by 7.1% or $80m, Uganda by 6.1% or $68m, and Tanzania by 3.3% or $37m.
According to CAPMAS, Egyptian plastic exports were valued at $154m, making up 13.8% of the total exports to the Nile Basin countries, then sugar and its products valued at $120m or 10.8%; and salt, sulfur, stones and cement with a value of $73m or 6.6%.
On the other hand, the agency indicated that the value of Egypt’s imports from the Nile Basin countries amounted to $497m in 9M 2021, up from $442m during the same period in 2020, an increase of 12.4%.
Five African countries accounted for 99.1% of Nile Basin exports to Egypt. Sudan came in the first place by $258m or 51.8%, followed by Kenya by $173m or 34.8%, Congo by $47m or 9.4%, Uganda by $10m or 2.0%, and Ethiopia by $6m or 1.1%.
According to the agency, coffee, tea, spices, and some herbal commodities came at the top of the commodities Egypt imported from those countries, valued at $157m or 31.6% of the total imports, followed by animals valued at $143m or 28.8%; grains, oil, medical plants, and animal feed valued at $63m or 12.7% of the total imports.