Annual International Trade Statistics by Country
Publication date: 2020-02-10
Reporting period: 2002 - 2018
Timeseries: 173 million
Source:UN Comtrade
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Benin | Imports and Exports | World | ALL COMMODITIES | Netweight (kg); Quantity and Value (US$) | 2008 - 2019

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Commodity Reporter Partner Trade flow Indicator 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
TOTAL. ALL COMMODITIES Benin World Exports Value (US$) 421 063 805.00 425 347 736.00 533 902 342.00 388 592 197.00 460 338 227.00 602 013 920.00 968 325 892.00 625 577 910.00 409 752 038.00 726 264 608.00 952 223 706.00 851 648 437.00
Imports Value (US$) 1 713 643 054.00 1 548 967 817.00 2 133 551 198.00 2 070 012 091.00 2 316 427 344.00 2 940 678 607.00 3 703 725 329.00 2 474 735 519.00 2 630 157 599.00 3 060 069 912.00 3 278 030 278.00 2 904 571 635.00

The value of merchandise exports from Benin totalled $ 851 million in 2019. Overall commodity exports from Benin decreased by 10.5% compared to 2018. Merchandise exports decreased by $ 100 million (the value of merchandise exports from Benin amounted to $952 million in 2018)

Benin's exports 2019 by country

Top export destinations of commodities from Benin in 2019:

  • Bangladesh with a share of 26% (229 million US$)
  • India with a share of 14.1% (120 million US$)
  • Vietnam with a share of 10.3% (88 million US$)
  • China with a share of 7.38% (62 million US$)
  • Nigeria with a share of 5.65% (48 million US$)
  • Denmark with a share of 3.56% (30 million US$)
  • Egypt with a share of 3.43% (29 million US$)
  • Niger with a share of 3.1% (26 million US$)
  • Malaysia with a share of 2.95% (25 million US$)
  • Burkina Faso with a share of 2.3% (19.6 million US$)

Exports structure from Benin in 2019 represented by the following main commodity groups:

  • 54% (467 million US$): 52 - Cotton
  • 9.12% (77 million US$): 08 - Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons
  • 7.34% (62 million US$): 12 - Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder
  • 3.9% (33 million US$): 15 - Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes
  • 3.01% (25 million US$): 27 - Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes
  • 2.97% (25 million US$): 44 - Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal
  • 2.92% (24 million US$): 25 - Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement
  • 2.77% (23 million US$): 72 - Iron and steel
  • 2.31% (19.7 million US$): 02 - Meat and edible meat offal
  • 1.83% (15.5 million US$): 23 - Residues and waste from the food industries; prepared animal feed

What did Benin export in 2019?

Benin's Top Exports in 2019:

  • 52% ($450 million): 5201 - Cotton, not carded or combed.
  • 8.96% ($76 million): 0801 - Coconuts, Brazil nuts and cashew nuts, fresh or dried, whether or not shelled or peeled.
  • 6.6% ($56 million): 1207 - Other oil seeds and oleaginous fruits, whether or not broken.
  • 2.93% ($24 million): 2710 - Petroleum oils and oils obtained from bituminous minerals, other than crude; preparations not elsewhere specified or included, containing by weight 70 % or more of petroleum oils or of oils obtained from bituminous minerals, these oils being the basic constituents of the preparations; waste oils.
  • 2.89% ($24 million): 2523 - Portland cement, aluminous cement, slag cement, supersulphate cement and similar hydraulic cements, whether or not coloured or in the form of clinkers.
  • 2.3% ($19.6 million): 0207 - Meat and edible offal, of the poultry of heading 01.05, fresh, chilled or frozen.
  • 2.2% ($18.7 million): 1512 - Sunflower-seed, safflower or cotton-seed oil and fractions thereof, whether or not refined, but not chemically modified.
  • 1.74% ($14.8 million): 7108 - Gold (including gold plated with platinum) unwrought or in semi-manufactured forms, or in powder form.
  • 1.61% ($13.7 million): 2306 - Oil-cake and other solid residues, whether or not ground or in the form of pellets, resulting from the extraction of vegetable fats or oils, other than those of heading 23.04 or 23.05.
  • 1.45% ($12.4 million): 2008 - Fruit, nuts and other edible parts of plants, otherwise prepared or preserved, whether or not containing added sugar or other sweetening matter or spirit, not elsewhere specified or included.

The value of merchandise imports to Benin totalled $ 2.9 billion in 2019. Overall commodity imports to Benin decreased by 11.3% compared to 2018. Merchandise imports decreased by $ 373 million (the value of merchandise imports to Benin was equal to $3.27 billion in 2018)

Benin's imports 2019 by country

Top trading partners (import sources) of Benin in 2019:

  • India with a share of 13.6% (396 million US$)
  • China with a share of 11% (321 million US$)
  • Togo with a share of 10.9% (316 million US$)
  • France with a share of 8.79% (255 million US$)
  • Thailand with a share of 5.41% (157 million US$)
  • Belgium with a share of 3.79% (110 million US$)
  • United Arab Emirates with a share of 3.42% (99 million US$)
  • Morocco with a share of 2.86% (83 million US$)
  • Netherlands with a share of 2.62% (76 million US$)
  • Russia with a share of 2.62% (76 million US$)

Imports structure to Benin in 2019 represented by the following main commodity groups:

  • 20% (582 million US$): 27 - Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes
  • 19.9% (580 million US$): 10 - Cereals
  • 7.17% (208 million US$): 87 - Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof
  • 4.96% (144 million US$): 84 - Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof
  • 4.19% (121 million US$): 15 - Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes
  • 4.12% (119 million US$): 30 - Pharmaceutical products
  • 3.83% (111 million US$): 31 - Fertilizers
  • 3.61% (105 million US$): 02 - Meat and edible meat offal
  • 3.6% (104 million US$): 03 - Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates
  • 3.15% (91 million US$): 72 - Iron and steel

What did Benin import in 2019?

Benin's Top Imports in 2019:

  • 19.6% ($570 million): 1006 - Rice.
  • 12.4% ($363 million): 2710 - Petroleum oils and oils obtained from bituminous minerals, other than crude; preparations not elsewhere specified or included, containing by weight 70 % or more of petroleum oils or of oils obtained from bituminous minerals, these oils being the basic constituents of the preparations; waste oils.
  • 4.83% ($140 million): 2716 - Electrical energy. (optional heading)
  • 4.15% ($120 million): 1511 - Palm oil and its fractions, whether or not refined, but not chemically modified.
  • 3.72% ($108 million): 3004 - Medicaments (excluding goods of heading 30.02, 30.05 or 30.06) consisting of mixed or unmixed products for therapeutic or prophylactic uses, put up in measured doses (including those in the form of transdermal administration systems) or in forms or packings for retail sale.
  • 3.6% ($104 million): 0207 - Meat and edible offal, of the poultry of heading 01.05, fresh, chilled or frozen.
  • 3.59% ($104 million): 0303 - Fish, frozen, excluding fish fillets and other fish meat of heading 03.04.
  • 3.02% ($87 million): 3105 - Mineral or chemical fertilisers containing two or three of the fertilising elements nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium; other fertilisers; goods of this Chapter in tablets or similar forms or in packages of a gross weight not exceeding 10 kg.
  • 2.16% ($63 million): 8703 - Motor cars and other motor vehicles principally designed for the transport of persons (other than those of heading 87.02), including station wagons and racing cars.
  • 1.88% ($54 million): 8711 - Motorcycles (including mopeds) and cycles fitted with an auxiliary motor, with or without side-cars; side-cars.

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Benin | Imports and Exports | World | ALL COMMODITIES | Netweight (kg); Quantity and Value (US$) | 2008 - 2019