Benin - Foreign trade



Benin consistently runs a trade deficit. The leading exports are cotton, uranium and thorium ores, cottonseeds, and cigarettes. Leading imports are foodstuffs, petroleum products, beverages, tobacco, capital goods, and light consumer products.

Principal trading partners in 1999 (in millions of US dollars) were as follows:

Benin

COUNTRY EXPORTS IMPORTS BALANCE
Brazil 41 5 36
India 32 16 16
Indonesia 21 8 13
Thailand 11 23 -12
Bangladesh 10 n.a.
United States 9 43 -34
Pakistan 9 6 3
Spain 7 32 -25
France 3 185 -182
China (inc. Hong Kong) 3 43 -40
Germany 2 28 -26
United Kingdom 2 33 -31
Côte d'Ivoire 2 88 -86

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