Mauritania - Foreign trade



In 1998, iron ore contributed 56% to export revenues, while export revenues from fish products amounted to about 37% of the total that year. Exports of fish decreased from $268 million in 1987 to $151 million in 1998, due to overexploitation, while iron ore exports rose from $133 million in 1987 to $217 million in 1998, but are expected to decline because of lowered demand. Leading imports were foodstuffs ($94 million), consumer goods, petroleum products ($81 million) and capital goods ($71 million). Principal trading partners in 1998 (in millions of US dollars) were as follows:

Mauritania

COUNTRY EXPORTS IMPORTS BALANCE
Japan 91 19 72
France 85 156 -71
Italy 79 17 62
Spain 53 40 13
Belgium 36 52 -16
Germany 22 43 -21
United Kingdom 13 14 -1
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