Annual International Trade Statistics
Publication date: 2019-05-19
Reporting period: 2002 - 2018
Timeseries: 164 million
Source:UN Comtrade
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Botswana | Imports and Exports | World | ALL COMMODITIES | Value (US$) | 2007 - 2018

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Commodities Reporter Partner Trade flow Indicator 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
TOTAL. ALL COMMODITIES Botswana World Exports Value (US$) 3 455 712 288.00 4 693 238 100.00 5 881 918 175.00 5 971 245 090.00 7 573 298 685.00 7 915 468 175.00 6 319 190 972.00 7 320 705 826.00 5 898 102 750.00 6 573 000 891.00
Imports Value (US$) 4 728 028 513.00 5 656 806 368.00 7 272 011 432.00 8 025 287 848.00 7 433 499 256.00 7 830 451 253.00 7 626 168 261.00 6 102 721 575.00 5 284 230 565.00 6 168 953 942.00

The value of total merchandise exports from Botswana totalled $ 6.57 billion in 2018. Merchandise exports from Botswana increased by 11.4% compared to 2017. Goods exports grew up by $ 674 million in 2018 (the value of merchandise exports from Botswana amounted to $5.89 billion in 2017)

Botswana's exports 2018 by country

Top export destinations of commodities from Botswana in 2018:

  • Belgium with a share of 20% (1.36 billion US$)
  • India with a share of 20% (1.31 billion US$)
  • United Arab Emirates with a share of 14.5% (954 million US$)
  • South Africa with a share of 9.23% (606 million US$)
  • Singapore with a share of 8% (526 million US$)
  • Israel with a share of 7.76% (510 million US$)
  • Hong-Kong with a share of 5.67% (373 million US$)
  • USA with a share of 3.28% (215 million US$)
  • Namibia with a share of 2.7% (177 million US$)
  • Switzerland with a share of 2.54% (167 million US$)

Exports structure from Botswana in 2018 represented by the following commodity groups:

  • 90% (5.95 billion US$): 71 - Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones, precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin
  • 2.12% (139 million US$): 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
  • 1.44% (94 million US$): 02 - Meat and edible meat offal
  • 0.737% (48 million US$): 84 - Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof
  • 0.703% (46 million US$): 28 - Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare earth metals, of radioactive elements or of isotopes
  • 0.629% (41 million US$): 25 - Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement
  • 0.591% (38 million US$): 87 - Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof
  • 0.367% (24 million US$): 39 - Plastics and articles thereof
  • 0.296% (19.4 million US$): 88 - Aircraft, spacecraft, and parts thereof
  • 0.27% (17.7 million US$): 49 - Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans

What did Botswana export in 2018?

Botswana's Top Exports in 2018:

  • 89% ($5.91 billion): 7102 - Diamonds, whether or not worked, but not mounted or set.
  • 1.75% ($115 million): 8544 - Insulated (including enamelled or anodised) wire, cable (including co-axial cable) and other insulated electric conductors, whether or not fitted with connectors; optical fibre cables, made up of individually sheathed fibres, whether or not assembled with electric conductors or fitted with connectors.
  • 0.778% ($51 million): 0202 - Meat of bovine animals, frozen.
  • 0.693% ($45 million): 2836 - Carbonates; peroxocarbonates (percarbonates); commercial ammonium carbonate containing ammonium carbamate.
  • 0.671% ($44 million): 7108 - Gold (including gold plated with platinum) unwrought or in semi-manufactured forms, or in powder form.
  • 0.653% ($42 million): 0201 - Meat of bovine animals, fresh or chilled.
  • 0.624% ($41 million): 2501 - Salt (including table salt and denatured salt) and pure sodium chloride, whether or not in aqueous solution or containing added anti-caking or free-flowing agents; sea water.
  • 0.285% ($18.7 million): 8802 - Other aircraft (for example, helicopters, aeroplanes); spacecraft (including satellites) and suborbital and spacecraft launch vehicles.
  • 0.261% ($17.2 million): 4907 - Unused postage, revenue or similar stamps of current or new issue in the country in which they have, or will have, a recognised face value; stamp-impressed paper; banknotes; cheque forms; stock, share or bond certificates and similar documents of title.
  • 0.235% ($15.5 million): 3917 - Tubes, pipes and hoses, and fittings therefor (for example, joints, elbows, flanges), of plastics.

The value of total merchandise imports to Botswana totalled $ 6.16 billion in 2018. Merchandise imports to Botswana increased by 16.7% compared to 2017. Goods imports grew up by $ 884 million in 2018 (the value of merchandise imports to Botswana was equal to $5.28 billion in 2017)

Botswana's imports 2018 by country

Top trading partners (import sources) of Botswana in 2018:

  • South Africa with a share of 62% (3.86 billion US$)
  • Canada with a share of 8.64% (533 million US$)
  • Namibia with a share of 8.36% (515 million US$)
  • India with a share of 3.38% (208 million US$)
  • Belgium with a share of 1.95% (120 million US$)
  • China with a share of 1.77% (109 million US$)
  • Israel with a share of 1.4% (86 million US$)
  • USA with a share of 1.22% (75 million US$)
  • Germany with a share of 1.07% (66 million US$)
  • United Kingdom - 58 million US$

Imports structure to Botswana in 2018 represented by the following commodity groups:

  • 28% (1.77 billion US$): 71 - Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones, precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin
  • 13.5% (832 million US$): 27 - Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes
  • 7.72% (476 million US$): 84 - Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof
  • 7.08% (437 million US$): 87 - Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof
  • 5.53% (341 million US$): 85 - Electrical machinery and equipment and parts thereof; sound recorders and reproducers, television image and sound recorders and reproducers, and parts and accessories of such articles
  • 1.94% (119 million US$): 39 - Plastics and articles thereof
  • 1.94% (119 million US$): 73 - Articles of iron or steel
  • 1.81% (111 million US$): 30 - Pharmaceutical products
  • 1.63% (100 million US$): 10 - Cereals
  • 1.42% (88 million US$): 22 - Beverages, spirits and vinegar

What did Botswana import in 2018?

Botswana's Top Imports in 2018:

  • 28% ($1.77 billion): 7102 - Diamonds, whether or not worked, but not mounted or set.
  • 13% ($806 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.
  • 2.51% ($154 million): 8704 - Motor vehicles for the transport of goods.
  • 2.48% ($153 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.
  • 1.48% ($91 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.
  • 1.47% ($91 million): 8431 - Parts suitable for use solely or principally with the machinery of headings 84.25 to 84.30.
  • 1.16% ($72 million): 8708 - Parts and accessories of the motor vehicles of headings 87.01 to 87.05.
  • 1.02% ($63 million): 8544 - Insulated (including enamelled or anodised) wire, cable (including co-axial cable) and other insulated electric conductors, whether or not fitted with connectors; optical fibre cables, made up of individually sheathed fibres, whether or not assembled with electric conductors or fitted with connectors.
  • 0.837% ($51 million): 2523 - Portland cement, aluminous cement, slag cement, supersulphate cement and similar hydraulic cements, whether or not coloured or in the form of clinkers.
  • 0.785% ($48 million): 8471 - Automatic data processing machines and units thereof; magnetic or optical readers, machines for transcribing data onto data media in coded form and machines for processing such data, not elsewhere specified or included.

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Botswana | Imports and Exports | World | ALL COMMODITIES | Value (US$) | 2007 - 2018