The volume of trade exchange between Egypt and the Nile Basin countries reached $1.872 bn in 2018, compared to $1.493 bn in 2017, with an increase of 25.4%, according to the Central Agency for Public Mobilisation and Statistics (CAPMAS).
This was stated in its annual bulletin for trade exchange between Egypt and its fellow Nile Basin countries in 2018 which presents and analyses the volume of trade (exports – imports) with Nile Basin countries, including Sudan, Ethiopia, Uganda, Congo, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, and Eritrea.
Sudan ranked first in terms of exports, with a value of $399.3 million in 2018, representing 33.3 percent of the total trade volume with the Nile basin countries. Kenya ranked second, followed by Ethiopia, Eritrea, and Uganda.
CAPMAS noted that the total value of imports from Nile Basin countries reached $668 million in 2018, compared to $380 million in 2017, with an increase of 75.8%.
Kenya ranked first in terms of imports with a value of $287.3 million in 2018, representing 43 percent of the total imports of the Nile basin countries. Sudan comes second, followed by Congo, Ethiopia and then Uganda.
The most important items that were imported included coffee, tea, and spices as well as living animals, cotton, oilseeds, medical plants, and fodder.