Rwanda - International trade

Rwanda's main export partners are Brazil, Germany, Belgium, Pakistan, Spain, and Kenya. Most of Rwanda's coffee and tea are shipped to Germany and other European countries. Rwanda's main import partners are Kenya, Tanzania, the United States, the Benelux countries, and France. Rwanda imported motor vehicles, textiles, fuels and machinery. In 1998, Rwanda generated US$58 million in exports, but imports cost Rwanda more than US$240 million that same year.

Tea and coffee continue to be the country's most important exports. In 1999, they represented 70 percent of Rwanda's exports. Lately, Rwandan businesses have been exploring other agriculturally-based exports that would be equally suited to the country's small farms, steep slopes, and cool climates. The feasibility of many of these new proposals to expand the agriculture industry is limited by the country's high transportation costs.

Although Rwanda's primary partners have been African and European countries, recently there have been significant purchase imports from the United States. Northrop Grumman sold a US$16 million commercial radar system and Lucent Technologies made a sale of US$25 million for a wireless air loop telephone system. It remains to be seen whether Rwandan-U.S. trade will continue.

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Sep 30, 2011 @ 1:01 am
COULD YOU SHOW ME THE FIGURES OR CHARTS OF RWANDA'S INTERNATIONAL TRADE DURING FROM 2005 TO 2010?
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Oct 10, 2011 @ 5:05 am
Thanks so much you just made my homework much easier and my knowledge more richer it's always hard finding something regarding a very small country like Rwanda's information ONLINE don't take me bad coz am very proud of my country!
Gakwerere
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Dec 18, 2011 @ 6:06 am
Hello, please would you like to send me a list with charts of Rwandan export commodities with countries where Rwanda Export there commodities if possible send to me also import.
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mehmet akif yasemin
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Jun 12, 2012 @ 7:07 am
will you provide some names of international trade corp. in Rwanda? I want to do some business with Rwanda.
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jjn
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Jun 17, 2013 @ 2:02 am
That is good, but you need to improve this historical rwandan international trade, because now it is a member of different regional cooperation for increasing its international trade
wilburafhisd
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Oct 10, 2013 @ 10:10 am
thank you for the info! I am very grateful!I do wish there was more information that would help me, like its major industries and what kind of economy it was.

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