Trade figures show that uranium accounts for about 42% of exports by value. The demand for uranium has steadily decreased since the 1980s. Exports of live animals and hides (primarily to Nigeria) represent 23% of exports. Vegetables (cowpeas, onions) are also exported, accounting for 11%. In 1999, Niger's exports went primarily to France (40%), Nigeria (25%), Japan (16%), and Spain (4%). Imports are led by consumer goods, primary materials, machinery, vehicles and parts, petroleum, and cereals.
Imports in 1999 came mostly from France (19%), Côte d'Ivoire (13%), China (7%), and Nigeria (7%).
Principal trading partners in 1999 (in millions of US dollars) were as follows:
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