Exports to Asia continued to dominate Botswana’s trade figures in December 2021, statistics from the country’s data authority showed on Thursday.

On Thursday, Statistics Botswana (SB) reported that exports destined for Asia, the European Union (EU) and the Southern African Customs Union (SACU) in December accounted for 62.9% respectively, 21, 6% and 8.7% of total exports.

Imports from SACU, however, made a contribution of 67%, while those from the EU and Asia accounted for 17.4 and 6.7% respectively of total imports in the month under review. .

“Imports from South Africa accounted for 63.5% of total imports. Belgium and Canada provided imports of 16.0 and 4.1% respectively,” said General Statistician Burton Mguni in the monthly summary of international merchandise trade statistics for December.

Statistics Botswana reported that total imports were valued at 6.4 billion Botswana pula (approximately US$557 million), reflecting a 24.7% drop from the November 2021 revised version, while total exports amounted to 7.1 billion Botswana Pula, showing an increase of 6.7% compared to the revised in November 2021.

In addition, diamonds, fuels, foodstuffs, beverages and tobacco, chemicals and rubber products, and electrical machinery and equipment were the main import items, and diamonds and copper contributed respectively to 91.6% and 2.2% of total exports. Final article

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