Egypt exported $3.4 billion worth of goods to Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) countries in 2022, an increase of 10.9 percent compared to $3.1 billion in 2021, revealed the latest date by the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS).
Trade overall between Egypt and COMESA jumped to $5.3 billion in 2022, up by 20.4 percent compared to 2021’s recorded $4.4 billion.
Primary commodities exported by Egypt were chemical products and plastics with a total value of $1.1 billion; animal and plant products with a value of $782.3 million; marble, stones, ceramics, and glass with a value of $267.7 million; fuel and petroleum products with $208.6 million; and metal products at $207.6 million.
The COMESA country that imported the most Egyptian products was Libya with exports worth $1.2 billion last year. Following Libya was Sudan with $929.2 million, Kenya with $355.7 million, Tunisia with $307.5 million, and Djibouti with $113.2 million.
Egypt imported goods worth $1.9 billion from COMESA countries, an increase of 42.2 percent compared to $1.3 billion in 2021.
According to CAPMAS, Egypt mainly imported the following from COMESA countries; mineral products valued at $908.9 million; animal and plant products with a value of $709.2 million; yarns, textile fibers, spinning and weaving products at $144.6 million; chemical products and plastics at $51.1 million; and rubber, leather, and wood valued at $18.9 million.
The Democratic Republic of the Congo exported goods worth $524.5 million to Egypt, making it’s the top COMESA country importing Egyptian goods. Sudan followed with $504.4 million, then Zambia with $313.7 million, Kenya with $307.9 million, and Libya with exports of $89.2 million.