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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Zambia | 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 Zambia World Exports Value (US$) 5 098 688 004.00 4 312 054 540.00 7 200 267 057.00 9 000 946 031.00 9 364 652 698.00 10 594 069 231.00 9 687 918 235.00 6 983 184 373.00 8 157 558 690.00 9 043 157 369.00 7 029 095 024.00
Imports Value (US$) 5 060 482 666.00 3 792 642 675.00 5 320 834 326.00 7 177 788 168.00 8 805 152 737.00 10 161 842 686.00 9 539 024 070.00 8 419 753 552.00 8 773 916 647.00 9 462 438 634.00 7 221 084 744.00

The value of merchandise exports from Zambia totalled $ 7.02 billion in 2019. Overall commodity exports from Zambia decreased by 22% compared to 2018. Merchandise exports decreased by $ 2.01 billion (the value of merchandise exports from Zambia amounted to $9.04 billion in 2018)

Zambia's exports 2019 by country

Top export destinations of commodities from Zambia in 2019:

  • Switzerland with a share of 41% (2.9 billion US$)
  • China with a share of 21% (1.5 billion US$)
  • Dem. Rep. Congo with a share of 12.8% (901 million US$)
  • Singapore with a share of 8.24% (579 million US$)
  • South Africa with a share of 4.22% (296 million US$)
  • Malawi with a share of 1.46% (103 million US$)
  • Zimbabwe with a share of 1.41% (99 million US$)
  • Hong-Kong with a share of 1.07% (75 million US$)
  • Tanzania - 67 million US$
  • Luxembourg - 66 million US$

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

  • 71% (5.05 billion US$): 74 - Copper and articles thereof
  • 3.3% (232 million US$): 25 - Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement
  • 3.15% (221 million US$): 71 - Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones, precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin
  • 2.43% (170 million US$): 28 - Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare earth metals, of radioactive elements or of isotopes
  • 2.01% (141 million US$): 17 - Sugars and sugar confectionery
  • 1.98% (139 million US$): 84 - Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof
  • 1.15% (81 million US$): 72 - Iron and steel
  • 1.08% (76 million US$): 27 - Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes
  • 1% (70 million US$): 22 - Beverages, spirits and vinegar
  • 0.992% (69 million US$): 24 - Tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes

What did Zambia export in 2019?

Zambia's Top Exports in 2019:

  • 53% ($3.76 billion): 7402 - Unrefined copper; copper anodes for electrolytic refining.
  • 16.2% ($1.14 billion): 7403 - Refined copper and copper alloys, unwrought.
  • 2.11% ($148 million): 2807 - Sulphuric acid; oleum.
  • 1.89% ($132 million): 7103 - Precious stones (other than diamonds) and semi-precious stones, whether or not worked or graded but not strung, mounted or set; ungraded precious stones (other than diamonds) and semi-precious stones, temporarily strung for convenience of transport.
  • 1.64% ($115 million): 1701 - Cane or beet sugar and chemically pure sucrose, in solid form.
  • 1.58% ($111 million): 2523 - Portland cement, aluminous cement, slag cement, supersulphate cement and similar hydraulic cements, whether or not coloured or in the form of clinkers.
  • 1.03% ($72 million): 7108 - Gold (including gold plated with platinum) unwrought or in semi-manufactured forms, or in powder form.
  • 0.976% ($68 million): 2716 - Electrical energy. (optional heading)
  • 0.975% ($68 million): 2401 - Unmanufactured tobacco; tobacco refuse.
  • 0.952% ($66 million): 7405 - Master alloys of copper.

The value of merchandise imports to Zambia totalled $ 7.22 billion in 2019. Overall commodity imports to Zambia decreased by 23% compared to 2018. Merchandise imports decreased by $ 2.24 billion (the value of merchandise imports to Zambia was equal to $9.46 billion in 2018)

Zambia's imports 2019 by country

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

  • South Africa with a share of 30% (2.22 billion US$)
  • China with a share of 14.1% (1.02 billion US$)
  • United Arab Emirates with a share of 10.2% (740 million US$)
  • India with a share of 4.87% (351 million US$)
  • Dem. Rep. Congo with a share of 3.21% (232 million US$)
  • Japan with a share of 3.02% (218 million US$)
  • Tanzania with a share of 2.83% (204 million US$)
  • Mauritius with a share of 2.77% (200 million US$)
  • USA with a share of 2.58% (186 million US$)
  • Kuwait with a share of 2.09% (151 million US$)

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

  • 17.4% (1.25 billion US$): 27 - Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes
  • 15.7% (1.13 billion US$): 84 - Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof
  • 8.07% (583 million US$): 87 - Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof
  • 6.07% (438 million US$): 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
  • 4.65% (336 million US$): 31 - Fertilizers
  • 4.21% (304 million US$): 39 - Plastics and articles thereof
  • 4.07% (294 million US$): 73 - Articles of iron or steel
  • 3.13% (226 million US$): 38 - Miscellaneous chemical products
  • 2.88% (208 million US$): 30 - Pharmaceutical products
  • 2.71% (196 million US$): 72 - Iron and steel

What did Zambia import in 2019?

Zambia's Top Imports in 2019:

  • 9.69% ($700 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.
  • 7.02% ($507 million): 2709 - Petroleum oils and oils obtained from bituminous minerals, crude.
  • 2.47% ($178 million): 8704 - Motor vehicles for the transport of goods.
  • 2.28% ($165 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.
  • 2.25% ($162 million): 8431 - Parts suitable for use solely or principally with the machinery of headings 84.25 to 84.30.
  • 2.23% ($161 million): 3102 - Mineral or chemical fertilisers, nitrogenous.
  • 2.13% ($154 million): 2603 - Copper ores and concentrates.
  • 2.12% ($153 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.
  • 1.88% ($136 million): 2503 - Sulphur of all kinds, other than sublimed sulphur, precipitated sulphur and colloidal sulphur.
  • 1.87% ($135 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.

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