Annual International Trade Statistics by Country (HS02)
Publication date: 2021-02-18
Reporting period: 2002 - 2020
Timeseries: 175 million
Source:UN Comtrade
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Zambia | Imports and Exports | World | ALL COMMODITIES | Netweight (kg); Quantity and Value (US$) | 2009 - 2020

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Commodity Reporter Partner Trade flow Indicator 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
TOTAL. ALL COMMODITIES Zambia World Exports Value (US$) 4 312 054 540.00 7 200 267 057.00 9 000 946 031.00 9 364 652 698.00 10 594 069 231.00 9 687 918 235.00 6 983 184 373.00 6 372 386 803.00 8 006 789 539.00 9 043 157 369.00 7 029 095 024.00 7 804 715 294.00
Imports Value (US$) 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 7 285 867 985.00 7 981 976 758.00 9 462 438 634.00 7 221 084 744.00 5 313 729 848.00

The value of merchandise exports from Zambia totalled $ 7.8 billion in 2020. Merchandise exports from Zambia increased by 11% compared to 2019. Goods exports grew up by $ 775 million in 2020 (the value of merchandise exports from Zambia amounted to $7.02 billion in 2019)

Zambia's exports 2020 by country

Top export destinations of commodities from Zambia in 2020:

  • Switzerland with a share of 44% (3.46 billion US$)
  • China with a share of 18.6% (1.45 billion US$)
  • Dem. Rep. Congo with a share of 12.4% (971 million US$)
  • Singapore with a share of 11.6% (905 million US$)
  • South Africa with a share of 2.56% (200 million US$)
  • Malawi with a share of 1.33% (104 million US$)
  • Luxembourg with a share of 1.32% (103 million US$)
  • Zimbabwe with a share of 1.29% (101 million US$)
  • Namibia - 59 million US$
  • Tanzania - 58 million US$

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

  • 73% (5.73 billion US$): 74 - Copper and articles thereof
  • 3.22% (252 million US$): 25 - Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement
  • 3.07% (239 million US$): 26 - Ores, slag and ash
  • 2.01% (157 million US$): 71 - Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones, precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin
  • 1.58% (123 million US$): 27 - Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes
  • 1.49% (116 million US$): 24 - Tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes
  • 1.48% (115 million US$): 17 - Sugars and sugar confectionery
  • 1.31% (102 million US$): 28 - Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare earth metals, of radioactive elements or of isotopes
  • 1.19% (92 million US$): 72 - Iron and steel
  • 1.15% (89 million US$): 84 - Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof

What did Zambia export in 2020?

Zambia's Top Exports in 2020:

  • 53% ($4.2 billion): 7402 - Unrefined copper; copper anodes for electrolytic refining.
  • 18.1% ($1.41 billion): 7403 - Refined copper and copper alloys, unwrought.
  • 2.34% ($182 million): 2603 - Copper ores and concentrates.
  • 1.59% ($124 million): 2523 - Portland cement, aluminous cement, slag cement, supersulphate cement and similar hydraulic cements, whether or not coloured or in the form of clinkers.
  • 1.44% ($112 million): 2401 - Unmanufactured tobacco; tobacco refuse.
  • 1.43% ($112 million): 2716 - Electrical energy. (optional heading)
  • 1.21% ($94 million): 2807 - Sulphuric acid; oleum.
  • 1.1% ($86 million): 1701 - Cane or beet sugar and chemically pure sucrose, in solid form.
  • 1.07% ($83 million): 2202 - Waters, including mineral waters and aerated waters, containing added sugar or other sweetening matter or flavoured, and other non-alcoholic beverages, not including fruit or vegetable juices of heading 20.09.
  • 0.913% ($71 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.

The value of merchandise imports to Zambia totalled $ 5.31 billion in 2020. Overall commodity imports to Zambia decreased by 26% compared to 2019. Merchandise imports decreased by $ 1.9 billion (the value of merchandise imports to Zambia was equal to $7.22 billion in 2019)

Zambia's imports 2020 by country

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

  • South Africa with a share of 33% (1.76 billion US$)
  • China with a share of 16.8% (893 million US$)
  • United Arab Emirates with a share of 8.82% (469 million US$)
  • India with a share of 5.37% (285 million US$)
  • USA with a share of 2.24% (119 million US$)
  • Japan with a share of 2.12% (112 million US$)
  • Mauritius with a share of 2.06% (109 million US$)
  • United Kingdom with a share of 1.83% (97 million US$)
  • Namibia with a share of 1.61% (85 million US$)
  • Tanzania with a share of 1.38% (73 million US$)

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

  • 14.4% (766 million US$): 84 - Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof
  • 9.77% (519 million US$): 27 - Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes
  • 8.35% (443 million US$): 87 - Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof
  • 7.73% (410 million US$): 31 - Fertilizers
  • 5.42% (288 million US$): 39 - Plastics and articles thereof
  • 5.11% (271 million US$): 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
  • 4.89% (260 million US$): 30 - Pharmaceutical products
  • 4.55% (242 million US$): 38 - Miscellaneous chemical products
  • 2.98% (158 million US$): 72 - Iron and steel
  • 2.73% (145 million US$): 73 - Articles of iron or steel

What did Zambia import in 2020?

Zambia's Top Imports in 2020:

  • 4.57% ($243 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.
  • 4.43% ($235 million): 2709 - Petroleum oils and oils obtained from bituminous minerals, crude.
  • 4.26% ($226 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.
  • 3.85% ($205 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.
  • 2.96% ($157 million): 3102 - Mineral or chemical fertilisers, nitrogenous.
  • 2.43% ($129 million): 8704 - Motor vehicles for the transport of goods.
  • 1.72% ($91 million): 8701 - Tractors (other than tractors of heading 87.09).
  • 1.66% ($88 million): 4011 - New pneumatic tyres, of rubber.
  • 1.64% ($87 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.
  • 1.52% ($81 million): 0303 - Fish, frozen, excluding fish fillets and other fish meat of heading 03.04.

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Zambia | Imports and Exports | World | ALL COMMODITIES | Netweight (kg); Quantity and Value (US$) | 2009 - 2020