Annual International Trade Statistics by Country (HS)
Publication date: 2022-11-14
Reporting period: 2002 - 2021
Timeseries: 194 million
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Lesotho | Imports and Exports | World | ALL COMMODITIES | Value (US$) and Value Growth, YoY (%) | 2011 - 2020

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TOTAL. ALL COMMODITIESLesothoWorldExportsValue (US$)770,117,731.00678,192,781.00349,994,335.16818,116,230.16603,764,579.95638,298,740.37673,150,837.67706,099,639.78646,049,194.16832,777,085.36
Value Growth, YoY (%)-11.93-48.39133.75-26.205.715.464.89-8.5028.90
ImportsValue (US$)1,459,720,096.001,594,249,361.001,831,554,173.281,423,681,974.771,409,566,400.781,485,252,104.472,065,571,364.851,114,704,952.421,364,300,937.491,493,836,265.77
Value Growth, YoY (%)9.2114.88-22.26-0.995.3639.07-46.0322.399.49

The value of merchandise exports from Lesotho totalled $ 832 million in 2020. Merchandise exports from Lesotho increased by 28% compared to 2019. Goods exports grew up by $ 186 million in 2020 (the value of merchandise exports from Lesotho amounted to $646 million in 2019)

Lesotho's exports 2020 by country

Top export destinations of commodities from Lesotho in 2020:

  • South Africa with a share of 33% (277 million US$)
  • Belgium with a share of 32% (272 million US$)
  • USA with a share of 29% (245 million US$)
  • Germany with a share of 1.01% (8.46 million US$)
  • Swaziland - 7.41 million US$
  • Canada - 4.59 million US$
  • Mexico - 4.17 million US$
  • Botswana - 2.4 million US$
  • Indonesia - 976 thousand US$
  • China - 971 thousand US$

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

  • 32% (272 million US$): 71 - Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones, precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin
  • 26% (217 million US$): 61 - Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted
  • 18.2% (152 million US$): 62 - Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted
  • 5.13% (42 million US$): 51 - Wool, fine or coarse animal hair; horsehair yarn and woven fabric
  • 4.07% (33 million US$): 85 - Electrical machinery and equipment and parts thereof; sound recorders and reproducers, television image and sound recorders and reproducers, and parts and accessories of such articles
  • 2.6% (21 million US$): 52 - Cotton
  • 2.05% (17.1 million US$): 11 - Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten
  • 1.95% (16.2 million US$): 63 - Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags
  • 1.49% (12.4 million US$): 84 - Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof
  • 0.822% (6.84 million US$): 64 - Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles

What did Lesotho export in 2020?

Lesotho's Top Exports in 2020:

  • 32% ($272 million): 7102 - Diamonds, whether or not worked, but not mounted or set
  • 12.1% ($100 million): 6203 - Men's or boys' suits, ensembles, jackets, blazers, trousers, bib and brace overalls, breeches and shorts (other than swimwear).
  • 11.2% ($93 million): 6104 - Women's or girls' suits, ensembles, jackets, blazers, dresses, skirts, divided skirts, trousers, bib and brace overalls, breeches and shorts (other than swimwear), knitted or crocheted.
  • 4.54% ($37 million): 5101 - Wool, not carded or combed
  • 4.1% ($34 million): 6110 - Jerseys, pullovers, cardigans, waist-coats and similar articles, knitted or crocheted
  • 3.79% ($31 million): 6204 - Women's or girls' suits, ensembles, jackets, blazers, dresses, skirts, divided skirts, trousers, bib and brace overalls, breeches and shorts (other than swimwear)
  • 3.38% ($28 million): 6109 - T-shirts, singlets and other vests, knitted or crocheted.
  • 2.98% ($24 million): 6105 - Men's or boys' shirts, knitted or crocheted
  • 2.97% ($24 million): 6103 - Men's or boys' suits, ensembles, jackets, blazers, trousers, bib and brace overalls, breeches and shorts (other than swimwear), knitted or crocheted
  • 2.71% ($22 million): 8536 - Electrical apparatus for switching or protecting electrical circuits, or for making connections to or in electrical circuits (for example, switches, relays, fuses, surge suppressors, plugs, sockets, lamp-holders, junction boxes), for a voltage not exceeding 1,000 volts

The value of merchandise imports to Lesotho totalled $ 1.49 billion in 2020. Merchandise imports to Lesotho increased by 9.49% compared to 2019. Goods imports grew up by $ 129 million in 2020 (the value of merchandise imports to Lesotho was equal to $1.36 billion in 2019)

Lesotho's imports 2020 by country

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

  • South Africa with a share of 71% (1.06 billion US$)
  • China with a share of 8.5% (127 million US$)
  • Other Asia, nes with a share of 5.52% (82 million US$)
  • Italy with a share of 3.78% (56 million US$)
  • India with a share of 3.26% (48 million US$)
  • Japan with a share of 1.78% (26 million US$)
  • Hong Kong with a share of 1.44% (21 million US$)
  • Zambia - 11.3 million US$
  • Vietnam - 9 million US$
  • Pakistan - 6.74 million US$

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

  • 8.84% (132 million US$): 27 - Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes
  • 6.53% (97 million US$): 60 - Knitted or crocheted fabrics
  • 5.74% (85 million US$): 84 - Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof
  • 5.58% (83 million US$): 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
  • 5.35% (79 million US$): 87 - Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof
  • 4.83% (72 million US$): 16 - Preparations of meat, of fish or of crustaceans, molluscs or other aquatic invertebrates
  • 3.76% (56 million US$): 11 - Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten
  • 3.76% (56 million US$): 52 - Cotton
  • 3.53% (52 million US$): 30 - Pharmaceutical products
  • 3.5% (52 million US$): 90 - Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof

What did Lesotho import in 2020?

Lesotho's Top Imports in 2020:

  • 7.46% ($111 million): 2710 - Petroleum oils and oils from bituminous minerals, not crude; preparations n.e.c. containing by weight 70% or more of petroleum oils or oils from bituminous minerals; these being the basic constituents of the preparations; waste oils
  • 3.9% ($58 million): 1604 - Prepared or preserved fish; caviar and caviar substitutes prepared from fish eggs
  • 3.21% ($47 million): 6003 - Knitted or crocheted fabrics of a width not exceeding 30 cm, other than those of heading 60.01 or 60.02.
  • 3.17% ($47 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% ($44 million): 9018 - Instruments and appliances used in medical, surgical, dental or veterinary sciences, including scintigraphic apparatus, other electro-medical apparatus and sight-testing instruments
  • 2.63% ($39 million): 1102 - Cereal flours other than of wheat or meslin
  • 2.58% ($38 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
  • 2.1% ($31 million): 5407 - Woven fabrics of synthetic filament yarn, including woven fabrics obtained from materials of heading 54.04
  • 2.02% ($30 million): 6004 - Knitted or crocheted fabrics of a width exceeding 30 cm, containing by weight 5 % or more of elastomeric yarn or rubber thread, other than those of heading 60.01
  • 1.7% ($25 million): 0207 - Meat and edible offal, of the poultry of heading 01.05, fresh, chilled or frozen.

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Lesotho | Imports and Exports | World | ALL COMMODITIES | Value (US$) and Value Growth, YoY (%) | 2011 - 2020