Sub-Saharan Africa Imports 1960-2020

Imports of goods and services represent the value of all goods and other market services received from the rest of the world. They include the value of merchandise, freight, insurance, transport, travel, royalties, license fees, and other services, such as communication, construction, financial, information, business, personal, and government services. They exclude compensation of employees and investment income (formerly called factor services) and transfer payments. Data are in current U.S. dollars.
  • Sub-Saharan Africa imports for 2019 was $459.71B, a 3.1% decline from 2018.
  • Sub-Saharan Africa imports for 2018 was $474.43B, a 12.29% increase from 2017.
  • Sub-Saharan Africa imports for 2017 was $422.51B, a 7.41% increase from 2016.
  • Sub-Saharan Africa imports for 2016 was $393.37B, a 10.35% decline from 2015.
Data Source: World Bank

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Similar Country Ranking
Country Name Billions of US $
World $24,266.40B
OECD members $14,834.76B
European Union $7,090.65B
East Asia & Pacific $7,062.42B
Euro Area $5,907.93B
Latin America & Caribbean $1,487.80B
South Asia $786.69B
Sub-Saharan Africa $459.71B
Sub-Saharan Africa Imports - Historical Data
Year Billions of US $ % of GDP
2019 $459.71B 30.42%
2018 $474.43B 27.75%
2017 $422.51B 25.89%
2016 $393.37B 26.65%
2015 $438.80B 28.47%
2014 $508.42B 29.78%
2013 $510.76B 30.81%
2012 $484.63B 30.80%
2011 $491.34B 32.01%
2010 $408.09B 30.19%
2009 $351.58B 31.13%
2008 $389.58B 33.33%
2007 $328.51B 31.33%
2006 $257.86B 28.55%
2005 $215.20B 28.54%
2004 $177.16B 27.52%
2003 $151.96B 29.53%
2002 $118.97B 29.33%
2001 $110.72B 30.98%
2000 $105.51B 27.70%
1999 $99.93B 23.83%
1998 $108.74B 26.75%
1997 $111.10B 26.63%
1996 $103.26B 25.29%
1995 $97.62B 24.95%
1994 $78.63B 22.89%
1993 $72.56B 21.47%
1992 $77.37B 21.28%
1991 $74.45B 20.39%
1990 $73.08B 20.05%
1989 $67.14B 20.35%
1988 $65.09B 19.69%
1987 $62.04B 19.71%
1986 $52.01B 19.47%
1985 $47.89B 20.29%
1984 $53.28B 20.51%
1983 $56.74B 20.15%
1982 $70.68B 23.57%
1981 $86.76B 26.46%
1980 $78.06B 27.73%
1979 $58.57B 26.03%
1978 $49.55B 27.20%
1977 $43.35B 26.32%
1976 $41.79B 28.07%
1975 $39.20B 28.27%
1974 $31.65B 25.74%
1973 $20.96B 22.16%
1972 $15.59B 21.36%
1971 $15.33B 23.27%
1970 $13.89B 21.82%
1969 $11.78B 21.82%
1968 $10.60B 22.15%
1967 $10.32B 23.00%
1966 $9.58B 21.63%
1965 $9.64B 23.43%
1964 $8.60B 22.56%
1963 $7.49B 21.46%
1962 $6.57B 20.16%
1961 $6.56B 21.64%
1960 $6.39B 22.79%