Annual International Trade Statistics by Country (HS02)
Publication date: 2021-11-14
Reporting period: 2002 - 2020
Timeseries: 177 million
Source:UN Comtrade
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Benin | Imports and Exports | World | ALL COMMODITIES | Value (US$) and Value Growth, YoY (%) | 2009 - 2020

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TOTAL. ALL COMMODITIESBeninWorldExportsValue (US$)425,347,736.00533,902,342.00388,592,197.00460,338,227.00602,013,920.00968,325,892.00625,577,910.00409,752,038.00726,264,608.00952,223,706.00851,648,437.00841,276,375.00
Value Growth, YoY (%)1.0125.52-27.2118.4630.7760.84-35.39-34.5077.2431.11-10.56-1.21
ImportsValue (US$)1,548,967,817.002,133,551,198.002,070,012,091.002,316,427,344.002,940,678,607.003,703,725,329.002,474,735,519.002,630,157,599.003,060,069,912.003,278,030,278.002,904,571,635.002,601,880,705.00
Value Growth, YoY (%)-9.6037.74-2.9711.9026.9425.94-33.186.2816.347.12-11.39-10.42

The value of merchandise exports from Benin totalled $ 841 million in 2020. Overall commodity exports from Benin decreased by 1.21% compared to 2019. Merchandise exports decreased by $ 10.3 million (the value of merchandise exports from Benin amounted to $851 million in 2019)

Benin's exports 2020 by country

Top export destinations of commodities from Benin in 2020:

  • Bangladesh with a share of 38% (324 million US$)
  • India with a share of 11.8% (99 million US$)
  • China with a share of 6.63% (55 million US$)
  • Malaysia with a share of 4.71% (39 million US$)
  • Ukraine with a share of 4.7% (39 million US$)
  • Denmark with a share of 3.73% (31 million US$)
  • United Arab Emirates with a share of 3.58% (30 million US$)
  • Vietnam with a share of 3.02% (25 million US$)
  • Niger with a share of 2.72% (22 million US$)
  • Burkina Faso with a share of 2.46% (20 million US$)

Exports structure from Benin in 2020 represented by the following main commodity groups:

  • 55% (470 million US$): 52 - Cotton
  • 7.24% (60 million US$): 12 - Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder
  • 7.11% (59 million US$): 08 - Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons
  • 4.46% (37 million US$): 27 - Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes
  • 3.77% (31 million US$): 23 - Residues and waste from the food industries; prepared animal feed
  • 2.92% (24 million US$): 72 - Iron and steel
  • 2.64% (22 million US$): 85 - Electrical machinery and equipment and parts thereof; sound recorders and reproducers, television image and sound recorders and reproducers, and parts and accessories of such articles
  • 2.48% (20 million US$): 44 - Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal
  • 2.17% (18.2 million US$): 25 - Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement
  • 2.04% (17.1 million US$): 15 - Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes

What did Benin export in 2020?

Benin's Top Exports in 2020:

  • 53% ($448 million): 5201 - Cotton, not carded or combed.
  • 6.74% ($56 million): 0801 - Coconuts, Brazil nuts and cashew nuts, fresh or dried, whether or not shelled or peeled.
  • 5.51% ($46 million): 1207 - Other oil seeds and oleaginous fruits, whether or not broken.
  • 4.4% ($37 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.
  • 3.64% ($30 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.
  • 2.14% ($18 million): 2523 - Portland cement, aluminous cement, slag cement, supersulphate cement and similar hydraulic cements, whether or not coloured or in the form of clinkers.
  • 1.87% ($15.7 million): 8502 - Electric generating sets and rotary converters.
  • 1.74% ($14.6 million): 7108 - Gold (including gold plated with platinum) unwrought or in semi-manufactured forms, or in powder form.
  • 1.57% ($13.2 million): 1201 - Soya beans, whether or not broken.
  • 1.32% ($11.1 million): 5208 - Woven fabrics of cotton, containing 85 % or more by weight of cotton, weighing not more than 200 g/m2.

The value of merchandise imports to Benin totalled $ 2.6 billion in 2020. Overall commodity imports to Benin decreased by 10.4% compared to 2019. Merchandise imports decreased by $ 302 million (the value of merchandise imports to Benin was equal to $2.9 billion in 2019)

Benin's imports 2020 by country

Top trading partners (import sources) of Benin in 2020:

  • India with a share of 11.4% (298 million US$)
  • China with a share of 11.2% (292 million US$)
  • France with a share of 10% (262 million US$)
  • Togo with a share of 8.44% (219 million US$)
  • Belgium with a share of 6.3% (163 million US$)
  • Russia with a share of 4.45% (115 million US$)
  • Turkey with a share of 3.87% (100 million US$)
  • USA with a share of 3.43% (89 million US$)
  • Côte d`Ivoire with a share of 2.99% (77 million US$)
  • Thailand with a share of 2.89% (75 million US$)

Imports structure to Benin in 2020 represented by the following main commodity groups:

  • 18.8% (490 million US$): 27 - Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes
  • 15.3% (399 million US$): 10 - Cereals
  • 8.25% (214 million US$): 87 - Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof
  • 4.75% (123 million US$): 30 - Pharmaceutical products
  • 4.65% (121 million US$): 84 - Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof
  • 4.26% (111 million US$): 03 - Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates
  • 4% (104 million US$): 85 - Electrical machinery and equipment and parts thereof; sound recorders and reproducers, television image and sound recorders and reproducers, and parts and accessories of such articles
  • 3.38% (88 million US$): 72 - Iron and steel
  • 3.19% (83 million US$): 31 - Fertilizers
  • 3.07% (79 million US$): 02 - Meat and edible meat offal

What did Benin import in 2020?

Benin's Top Imports in 2020:

  • 15% ($391 million): 1006 - Rice.
  • 13.3% ($346 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.
  • 4.25% ($110 million): 0303 - Fish, frozen, excluding fish fillets and other fish meat of heading 03.04.
  • 4.06% ($105 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.
  • 3.69% ($96 million): 2716 - Electrical energy. (optional heading)
  • 3.05% ($79 million): 0207 - Meat and edible offal, of the poultry of heading 01.05, fresh, chilled or frozen.
  • 2.86% ($74 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.
  • 2.68% ($69 million): 1511 - Palm oil and its fractions, whether or not refined, but not chemically modified.
  • 2.43% ($63 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.
  • 2.1% ($54 million): 1101 - Wheat or meslin flour.

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Benin | Imports and Exports | World | ALL COMMODITIES | Value (US$) and Value Growth, YoY (%) | 2009 - 2020