Annual International Trade Statistics by Country (HS02)
Publication date: 2021-04-05
Reporting period: 2002 - 2020
Timeseries: 177 million
Source:UN Comtrade
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Sierra Leone | Imports and Exports | World | ALL COMMODITIES | Value (US$) and Value Growth, YoY (%) | 2007 - 2018

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Commodity Reporter Partner Trade flow Indicator 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
TOTAL. ALL COMMODITIES Sierra Leone World Exports Value (US$) 279 253 408.00 93 257 547.00 465 595 233.00 102 651 588.00 205 368 284.00
Value Growth, YoY (%) -66.604 399.257 -77.952 100.063
Imports Value (US$) 2 056 845 874.00 1 759 408 505.00 957 927 386.00 1 073 617 079.00 986 898 687.00
Value Growth, YoY (%) -14.46 -45.554 12.077 -8.077

The value of merchandise exports from Sierra Leone totalled $ 205 million in 2018. Merchandise exports from Sierra Leone increased by 100% compared to 2017. Goods exports grew up by $ 102 million in 2018 (the value of merchandise exports from Sierra Leone amounted to $102 million in 2017)

Sierra Leone's exports 2018 by country

Top export destinations of commodities from Sierra Leone in 2018:

  • China with a share of 18.2% (37 million US$)
  • Korea with a share of 13.9% (28 million US$)
  • Netherlands with a share of 13.5% (27 million US$)
  • Somalia with a share of 10.8% (22 million US$)
  • Ghana with a share of 8.04% (16.5 million US$)
  • Romania with a share of 7.76% (15.9 million US$)
  • Germany with a share of 5.28% (10.8 million US$)
  • Guinea with a share of 4.49% (9.23 million US$)
  • Senegal with a share of 2.98% (6.13 million US$)
  • Côte d`Ivoire with a share of 1.91% (3.92 million US$)

Exports structure from Sierra Leone in 2018 represented by the following main commodity groups:

  • 20% (42 million US$): 03 - Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates
  • 15.6% (32 million US$): 26 - Ores, slag and ash
  • 10.8% (22 million US$): 18 - Cocoa and cocoa preparations
  • 9.88% (20 million US$): 44 - Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal
  • 9.81% (20 million US$): 87 - Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof
  • 6.13% (12.5 million US$): 84 - Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof
  • 5.62% (11.5 million US$): 15 - Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes
  • 2.69% (5.52 million US$): 36 - Explosives; pyrotechnic products; matches; pyrophoric alloys; certain combustible preparations
  • 2.47% (5.08 million US$): 20 - Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants
  • 2.39% (4.91 million US$): 25 - Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement

What did Sierra Leone export in 2018?

Sierra Leone's Top Exports in 2018:

  • 12.9% ($26 million): 0307 - Molluscs, whether in shell or not, live, fresh, chilled, frozen, dried, salted or in brine; aquatic invertebrates other than crustaceans and molluscs, live, fresh, chilled, frozen, dried, salted or in brine; flours, meals and pellets of aquatic invertebrates other than crustaceans, fit for human consumption.
  • 10% ($20 million): 1801 - Cocoa beans, whole or broken, raw or roasted.
  • 9.36% ($19.2 million): 4407 - Wood sawn or chipped lengthwise, sliced or peeled, whether or not planed, sanded or end-jointed, of a thickness exceeding 6 mm.
  • 8.81% ($18.1 million): 8704 - Motor vehicles for the transport of goods.
  • 6.87% ($14.1 million): 0303 - Fish, frozen, excluding fish fillets and other fish meat of heading 03.04.
  • 6.76% ($13.8 million): 2620 - Ash and residues (other than from the manufacture of iron or steel), containing arsenic, metals or their compounds.
  • 4.23% ($8.7 million): 2617 - Other ores and concentrates.
  • 4.22% ($8.66 million): 1511 - Palm oil and its fractions, whether or not refined, but not chemically modified.
  • 2.95% ($6.07 million): 2615 - Niobium, tantalum, vanadium or zirconium ores and concentrates.
  • 2.69% ($5.52 million): 3606 - Ferro-cerium and other pyrophoric alloys in all forms; articles of combustible materials as specified in Note 2 to this Chapter.

The value of merchandise imports to Sierra Leone totalled $ 986 million in 2018. Overall commodity imports to Sierra Leone decreased by 8.07% compared to 2017. Merchandise imports decreased by $ 86 million (the value of merchandise imports to Sierra Leone was equal to $1.07 billion in 2017)

Sierra Leone's imports 2018 by country

Top trading partners (import sources) of Sierra Leone in 2018:

  • China with a share of 20% (197 million US$)
  • United Arab Emirates with a share of 8.36% (82 million US$)
  • Belgium with a share of 7.54% (74 million US$)
  • India with a share of 7.2% (71 million US$)
  • USA with a share of 5.38% (53 million US$)
  • Turkey with a share of 5.16% (50 million US$)
  • South Africa with a share of 4.63% (45 million US$)
  • Pakistan with a share of 3.69% (36 million US$)
  • United Kingdom with a share of 3.34% (32 million US$)
  • Guinea with a share of 3% (29 million US$)

Imports structure to Sierra Leone in 2018 represented by the following main commodity groups:

  • 15.5% (153 million US$): 10 - Cereals
  • 11.3% (111 million US$): 84 - Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof
  • 9.39% (92 million US$): 87 - Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof
  • 6.33% (62 million US$): 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
  • 5.74% (56 million US$): 39 - Plastics and articles thereof
  • 4.91% (48 million US$): 73 - Articles of iron or steel
  • 4.64% (45 million US$): 25 - Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement
  • 3.5% (34 million US$): 72 - Iron and steel
  • 2.44% (24 million US$): 30 - Pharmaceutical products
  • 2.4% (23 million US$): 11 - Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten

What did Sierra Leone import in 2018?

Sierra Leone's Top Imports in 2018:

  • 15.4% ($152 million): 1006 - Rice.
  • 4.56% ($45 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.
  • 4.13% ($40 million): 2523 - Portland cement, aluminous cement, slag cement, supersulphate cement and similar hydraulic cements, whether or not coloured or in the form of clinkers.
  • 2.62% ($25 million): 7308 - Structures (excluding prefabricated buildings of heading 94.06) and parts of structures (for example, bridges and bridge?sections, lock?gates, towers, lattice masts, roofs, roofing frame?works, doors and windows and their frames and thresholds for doors, shutters, balustrades, pillars and columns), of iron or steel; plates, rods, angles, shapes, sections, tubes and the like, prepared for use in structures, of iron or steel.
  • 2.13% ($21 million): 1101 - Wheat or meslin flour.
  • 2.13% ($21 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.
  • 2.1% ($20 million): 8429 - Self-propelled bulldozers, angledozers, graders, levellers, scrapers, mechanical shovels, excavators, shovel loaders, tamping machines and road rollers.
  • 1.97% ($19.5 million): 7214 - Other bars and rods of iron or non-alloy steel, not further worked than forged, hot-rolled, hot-drawn or hot-extruded, but including those twisted after rolling.
  • 1.83% ($18 million): 8704 - Motor vehicles for the transport of goods.
  • 1.54% ($15.2 million): 3923 - Articles for the conveyance or packing of goods, of plastics; stoppers, lids, caps and other closures, of plastics.

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Sierra Leone | Imports and Exports | World | ALL COMMODITIES | Value (US$) and Value Growth, YoY (%) | 2007 - 2018