Top Ethiopia Imports 2015
In 2015, Ethiopia bought US$16.3 billion worth of imported products up by 83% since 2011 but down by -25.7% from 2014 to 2015.
Top 10 Ethiopian Imports from China

China's exports to Ethiopia amounted to
$6.1 billion or 37.3% of its overall imports.

  1. Electronic equipment: $1.6 billion
  2. Machinery: $978.7 million
  3. Iron or steel products: $633.5 million
  4. Vehicles: $359.2 million
  5. Iron and steel: $331.7 million
  6. Railway, tram equipment: $324.7 million
  7. Aluminum: $233.1 million
  8. Clothing (not knit or crochet): $202.6 million
  9. Furniture, lighting, signs: $145.1 million
10. Plastics: $143.2 million
Top 10 Ethiopian Imports from India

India's exports to Ethiopia amounted to
$1.2 billion or 7.1% of its overall imports.

  1. Iron and steel: $159.2 million
  2. Cereals: $138.8 million
  3. Pharmaceuticals: $132.3 million
  4. Machinery: $104.2 million
  5. Sugar: $93.8 million
  6. Vehicles: $85.2 million
  7. Felt, yarn, twine, cordage: $42 million
  8. Plastics: $40.6 million
  9. Electronic equipment: $40.1 million
10. Rubber: $37.7 million
Top 10 Ethiopian Imports from the US

America's exports to Ethiopia amounted to
$884 million or 5.4% of its overall imports.

  1. Machinery: $381 million
  2. Cereals: $150.5 million
  3. Pharmaceuticals: $58.3 million
  4. Aircraft, spacecraft: $54 million
  5. Electronic equipment: $52.3 million
  6. Vegetables: $35.9 million
  7. Medical, technical equipment: $30 million
  8. Cereal, milk preparations: $16.3 million
  9. Animal/vegetable fats and oils: $16.1 million
10. Other chemical goods: $14.7 million
Top 10 Ethiopian Imports from Kuwait

Kuwait's exports to Ethiopia amounted to
$753.1 million or 4.6% of its overall imports.

  1. Oil: $749.5 million
  2. Furniture, lighting, signs: $1.7 million
  3. Iron or steel products: $1.1 million
  4. Pharmaceuticals: $535,000
  5. Railway, tram equipment: $131,000
  6. Glass: $52,000
  7. Sugar: $41,000
  8. Aluminum: $11,000
  9. Cocoa: $8,000
10. Electronic equipment: $8,000
Top 10 Ethiopian Imports from Japan

Japan's exports to Ethiopia amounted to
$705.4 million or 4.3% of its overall imports.

  1. Vehicles: $548.5 million
  2. Machinery: $87.4 million
  3. Rubber: $20 million
  4. Iron and steel: $16.8 million
  5. Electronic equipment: $9.6 million
  6. Medical, technical equipment: $7.1 million
  7. Organic chemicals: $4.8 million
  8. Iron or steel products: $2 million
  9. Glass: $1.2 million
10. Stone, plaster, cement: $975,000
Top 10 Ethiopian Imports from Sweden

Sweden's exports to Ethiopia amounted to
$635 million or 3.9% of its overall imports.

  1. Electronic equipment: $595.6 million
  2. Vehicles: $13.5 million
  3. Machinery: $10.6 million
  4. Furniture, lighting, signs: $2.1 million
  5. Pharmaceuticals: $2.1 million
  6. Medical, technical equipment: $2.1 million
  7. Base metal tools, cutlery: $1.9 million
  8. Plastics: $1.3 million
  9. Explosives, pyrotechnics: $914,000
10. Other chemical goods: $876,000
Top 10 Ethiopian Imports from Turkey

Turkey's exports to Ethiopia amounted to
$515.4 million or 3.2% of its overall imports.

  1. Iron and steel: $186.3 million
  2. Iron or steel products: $88.7 million
  3. Machinery: $65.4 million
  4. Copper: $24.6 million
  5. Cereal, milk preparations: $24.3 million
  6. Plastics: $22.9 million
  7. Electronic equipment: $16.9 million
  8. Animal/vegetable fats and oils: $9.9 million
  9. Oil: $6 million
10. Other manufactured products: $5.6 million
Top 10 Ethiopian Imports from Italy

Italy's exports to Ethiopia amounted to
$490.7 million or 3% of its overall imports.

  1. Machinery: $126.5 million
  2. Vehicles: $124.8 million
  3. Pharmaceuticals: $76.9 million
  4. Electronic equipment: $32.9 million
  5. Iron or steel products: $17.2 million
  6. Cereal, milk preparations: $14.5 million
  7. Iron and steel: $14.3 million
  8. Furniture, lighting, signs: $8.3 million
  9. Other chemical goods: $8 million
10. Medical, technical equipment: $7 million
Top 10 Ethiopian Imports from Saudi

Saudi Arabia's exports to Ethiopia amounted to
$486.9 million or 3% of its overall imports.

  1. Oil: $333 million
  2. Plastics: $85.5 million
  3. Fertilizers: $18.3 million
  4. Vegetable/fruit preparations: $13 million
  5. Other textiles, worn clothing: $11.3 million
  6. Paper: $3.5 million
  7. Sugar: $3.4 million
  8. Glass: $1.9 million
  9. Pharmaceuticals: $1.9 million
10. Inorganic chemicals: $1.7 million
Top 10 Ethiopian Imports from Indonesia

Indonesia's exports to Ethiopia amounted to
$404 million or 2.5% of its overall imports.

  1. Animal/vegetable fats and oils: $278.5 million
  2. Paper: $30.1 million
  3. Soaps, lubricants, candles: $27.5 million
  4. Other chemical goods: $14.6 million
  5. Manmade staple fibers: $11.7 million
  6. Organic chemicals: $9.1 million
  7. Electronic equipment: $6.7 million
  8. Woodpulp: $3.9 million
  9. Pharmaceuticals: $2.6 million
10. Machinery: $2.6 million
Top 10 Ethiopian Imports from the UAE

UAE's exports to Ethiopia amounted to
$371.9 million or 2.3% of its overall imports.

  1. Oil: $119.9 million
  2. Sugar: $58.1 million
  3. Plastics: $50.5 million
  4. Animal/vegetable fats and oils: $26.7 million
  5. Electronic equipment: $15.6 million
  6. Machinery: $11.7 million
  7. Paper: $8.8 million
  8. Vehicles: $8.7 million
  9. Glass: $8.6 million
10. Furniture, lighting, signs: $6.9 million
Fastest-Growing Ethiopian Imports
Research Note:
Import numbers rarely match the source exporters’ stats. Reasons for import-export statistical discrepancies include re-exports, time lags, misallocations, distinct trade reporting systems, different quantity measurements and country confidentiality rules. Also, transportation and insurance costs are sometimes added to import totals.
Data source: Trade Map, International Trade Centre, www.intracen.org/marketanalysis