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ten data blog15-11-2023

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Botswana, a landlocked country in Southern Africa, exported $8.28 billion worth of exports to the world in 2022. The total value of Botswana's exports increased by 11.5% compared to $7.42 billion in 2021.

Botswana's three most valuable exports are unset and unset diamonds, copper ores and concentrates, followed by insulated wires or cables.

Botswana's Main Trading Partners

The latest country-specific data show that Botswana's exports were mainly purchased by importers from the United Arab Emirates (27.2% of Botswana's total), Belgium (18.8%), India (15.2%), South Africa (10.1 %), Hong Kong (6.5%), Israel (6%), Singapore (4.5%), Mainland China (3.1%), Namibia (2.2 %), USA (2 %), Zimbabwe (0.81 %) and Cambodia (0.73 %).

Botswana's Top 10 Exports

1. Gems, precious metals: $7.2 billion (87.5% of total exports)

2. Ores, slag, ash: $322.4 million (3.9%)

3. Electrical machinery, equipment: $166.7 million (2%)

4. Live animals: $96 million (1.2%)

5. Fossil fuels, including oil: $58.6 million (0.7%)

6. Lnorganic chemicals: $56.2 million (0.7%)

7. Machinery including computers: $45.2 million (0.5%)

8. Vehicles: $33.6 million (0.4%)

9. Plastics, plastic products: $29.1 million (0.4%)

10. Salt, sulfur, stone, cement: $25.5 million (0.3%)

Botswana's top 10 exports account for 97.6% of its total global exports.

Ore, slag and ash is the fastest growing of the top ten export categories, growing by 189.5% from 2021 to 2022. Copper ores and concentrates are a strong driver of this product category. The second highest improvement in export sales was in fossil fuels, including oil, which grew by 102.7%, with coal leading the way. Botswana ranked third in the increase in shipments of electrical machinery and equipment, which grew by 27.7%.


Botswana's top ten export categories with the largest declines were Salt, Sulphur, Stone and Cement, down -14.2% year-on-year.

Based on the finer four-digit HS code, unset and un-mounted diamonds represent Botswana's most valuable exports, accounting for 87.2% of the country's total exports. In second place were copper ores and concentrates (3.9 percent), followed by insulated wires or cables (1.8 percent), live cattle (1.2 percent), carbonates and percarbonates (0.7 percent), coal, including solid fuels made from coal (0.6 percent), salt and pure sodium chloride (0.3 percent), gold (0.3 percent), blood constituents (0.2 percent), and plastic pipes, tubes and fittings (also 0.2 percent).

Botswana imported $6.669 billion worth of products from the world in 2022.

Botswana's Major Trading Partners

1. South Africa (62.86%, $5.03 Billion)

2. Namibia (7.2%, $576.43 Billion)

3. Belgium (5.62%, $449.51 Billion)

4. India (4.4%, $351.72 Billion)

5. Canada (3.65%, $291.84 Billion)

6. China (2.51%, $200.73 Billion)

7. United States (1.51%, $120.79 Billion)

8. United Arab Emirates (1.42%, $113.99 Billion)

9. Brazil (1.26%, $100.73 Billion)

10. Zambia (0.79%, $63 Billion)

Botswana's Top 10 Imports

1. Pearls, precious stones, metals, coins (27.72%)

2. Mineral fuels, oils, distillation products (18.48%)

3. Machinery, nuclear reactors, boilers (7.26%)

4. Vehicles other than railway, tramway (5.64%)

5. Electrical, electronic equipment (4.67%)

6. Cereals (2.47%)

7. Plastics (2.17%)

8. Sugars and sugar confectionery (2.05%)

9. Beverages, spirits and vinegar (2.03%)

10. Articles of iron or steel (2.02%)

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