Diamonds are the largest Central African commodity export, sold either for jewelry (35%), or natural abrasives (35%). Many diamonds are smuggled out of the country, so exact figures are difficult to compile. Agricultural exports are cotton (14%) and coffee (2.6%). Another 5% can be attributed to the manufacture of motor vehicles and parts.
In 1996 the Central African Republic's imports were distributed among the following categories:
Principal trading partners in 1998 (in millions of US dollars) were as follows:
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