Imports of goods and services (current US$) - Country Ranking - Africa

Definition: Imports of goods and services represent the value of all goods and other market services received from the rest of the world. They include the value of merchandise, freight, insurance, transport, travel, royalties, license fees, and other services, such as communication, construction, financial, information, business, personal, and government services. They exclude compensation of employees and investment income (formerly called factor services) and transfer payments. Data are in current U.S. dollars.

Source: World Bank national accounts data, and OECD National Accounts data files.

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Rank Country Value Year
1 South Africa 88,976,190,000.00 2016
2 Egypt 65,506,370,000.00 2016
3 Algeria 56,097,070,000.00 2016
4 Nigeria 50,475,460,000.00 2015
5 Morocco 46,965,380,000.00 2016
6 Libya 31,727,250,000.00 2015
7 Angola 28,057,220,000.00 2016
8 Tunisia 21,207,030,000.00 2016
9 Ghana 20,432,490,000.00 2016
10 Ethiopia 20,107,330,000.00 2016
11 Kenya 16,475,230,000.00 2016
12 Sudan 11,973,930,000.00 2016
13 Dem. Rep. Congo 10,884,800,000.00 2016
14 Tanzania 10,704,770,000.00 2016
15 Mozambique 8,498,235,000.00 2016
16 Zambia 8,095,640,000.00 2016
17 Cameroon 7,543,172,000.00 2016
18 Côte d'Ivoire 7,346,491,000.00 2016
19 Namibia 7,219,653,000.00 2016
20 Uganda 6,896,230,000.00 2016
21 Botswana 6,581,936,000.00 2016
22 Mauritius 6,558,179,000.00 2016
23 Senegal 6,451,152,000.00 2016
24 Zimbabwe 6,426,700,000.00 2016
25 Congo 6,222,524,000.00 2016
26 Mali 5,543,305,000.00 2016
27 Equatorial Guinea 4,514,648,000.00 2016
28 Somalia 3,919,000,000.00 2016
29 Gabon 3,849,574,000.00 2016
30 Burkina Faso 3,780,896,000.00 2015
31 Chad 3,651,511,000.00 2016
32 Madagascar 3,576,318,000.00 2016
33 Benin 3,403,658,000.00 2016
34 Mauritania 3,003,670,000.00 2016
35 Rwanda 2,776,828,000.00 2016
36 Togo 2,756,157,000.00 2016
37 Malawi 2,446,899,000.00 2016
38 Niger 2,373,939,000.00 2016
39 Liberia 2,106,800,000.00 2016
40 Swaziland 1,960,003,000.00 2016
41 Sierra Leone 1,938,108,000.00 2016
42 Lesotho 1,904,851,000.00 2016
43 Seychelles 1,396,843,000.00 2014
44 Cabo Verde 1,127,609,000.00 2014
45 Guinea 1,031,237,000.00 2005
46 Burundi 959,704,100.00 2016
47 Djibouti 654,165,800.00 2007
48 Eritrea 603,784,800.00 2011
49 Central African Republic 527,084,400.00 2016
50 The Gambia 404,200,800.00 2016
51 Guinea-Bissau 315,061,200.00 2016
52 Comoros 269,754,400.00 2016

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Limitations and Exceptions: Because policymakers have tended to focus on fostering the growth of output, and because data on production are easier to collect than data on spending, many countries generate their primary estimate of GDP using the production approach. Moreover, many countries do not estimate all the components of national expenditures but instead derive some of the main aggregates indirectly using GDP (based on the production approach) as the control total. Data on exports and imports are compiled from customs reports and balance of payments data. Although the data from the payments side provide reasonably reliable records of cross-border transactions, they may not adhere strictly to the appropriate definitions of valuation and timing used in the balance of payments or corresponds to the change-of ownership criterion. This issue has assumed greater significance with the increasing globalization of international business. Neither customs nor balance of payments data usually capture the illegal transactions that occur in many countries. Goods carried by travelers across borders in legal but unreported shuttle trade may further distort trade statistics.

Statistical Concept and Methodology: Gross domestic product (GDP) from the expenditure side is made up of household final consumption expenditure, general government final consumption expenditure, gross capital formation (private and public investment in fixed assets, changes in inventories, and net acquisitions of valuables), and net exports (exports minus imports) of goods and services. Such expenditures are recorded in purchaser prices and include net taxes on products.

Aggregation method: Gap-filled total

Periodicity: Annual