The Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS) announced that the total value of Egyptian exports to Nile Basin countries increased by 1.4 percent to US$ 1.22 billion in 2019 compared to $1.20 billion in 2018.
The total value of imports from Nile Basin countries meanwhile fell by 4.6 percent, to $0.64 billion in 2019 compared to $0.67 billion in 2018.
Sudan ranked first for Egypt’s exports increasing by 16.6 percent, with $465.5 million in 2019 compared to $399.3 million in 2018.
Egypt’s top exports to Sudan are plastics and raw materials for the plastics industry, iron, and glass.
Kenya ranked at second place, with exports decreasing by 2.5 percent to 345.9 million dollars in 2019, compared to 354.6 million dollars.
Top exports to Kenya are paper, pulp, sugar, plastics, and raw materials for the plastic industry.
Kenya however ranked first for imports, falling by 10.4 percent to $257.3 million in 2019, compared to $287.3 million in 2018. The top imported items were coffee, tea and other spices.
Sudan’s imports came second, decreasing by 1.9 percent to $203.6 million in 2019 compared to $207.5 million in 2018. Top imported items were grains, fruit oils, medicinal plants, fodder, and cotton.
The chemical and plastic products group ranked first in exports, increasing by 7.1 percent to $404.3 million in 2019, compared to $377.5 million in 2018.
Animal and vegetable products, beverages and tobaccos ranked second decreasing 2.7 percent to $443.5 million in 2019, compared to $455.8 million in 2018.