Top Zambia Imports 2015
In 2015, Zambia bought US$8.4 billion worth of imported products up by 17.3% since 2011 but down by 11.7% from 2014 to 2015.
Top 10 Zambian Imports from South Africa

South Africa's exports to Zambia amounted to
$2.6 billion or 30.9% of its overall imports.

  1. Machinery: $478.5 million
  2. Oil: $215.3 million
  3. Vehicles: $187.3 million
  4. Electronic equipment: $179.7 million
  5. Iron or steel products: $168.2 million
  6. Fertilizers: $164.7 million
  7. Plastics: $132 million
  8. Iron and steel: $123.4 million
  9. Salt, sulphur, stone, cement: $73.1 million
10. Other chemical goods: $65.2 million
Top 10 Zambian Imports from Congo

Congo's exports to Zambia amounted to
$946.6 million or 11.2% of its overall imports.

  1. Ores, slag, ash: $585.5 million
  2. Inorganic chemicals: $282.3 million
  3. Copper: $75.5 million
  4. Machinery: $1.5 million
  5. Salt, sulphur, stone, cement: $478,000
  6. Vehicles: $381,000
  7. Pharmaceuticals: $317,000
  8. Electronic equipment: $152,000
  9. Beverages: $115,000
10. Ships, boats: $79,000
Top 10 Zambian Imports from China

China's exports to Zambia amounted to
$689.1 million or 8.2% of its overall imports.

  1. Machinery: $175.1 million
  2. Electronic equipment: $128.6 million
  3. Vehicles: $74.8 million
  4. Iron or steel products: $66.6 million
  5. Fertilizers: $38.5 million
  6. Iron and steel: $26.9 million
  7. Inorganic chemicals: $23.1 million
  8. Rubber: $18.9 million
  9. Furniture, lighting, signs: $13.8 million
10. Ceramic products: $10.3 million
Top 10 Zambian Imports from Mauritius

Mauritius' exports to Zambia amounted to
$474.5 million or 5.6% of its overall imports.

  1. Oil: $403.1 million
  2. Machinery: $17.5 million
  3. Fertilizers: $13.1 million
  4. Other chemical goods: $8.5 million
  5. Electronic equipment: $5.5 million
  6. Animal/vegetable fats and oils: $4 million
  7. Vehicles: $3.9 million
  8. Salt, sulphur, stone, cement: $3.5 million
  9. Iron or steel products: $2.6 million
10. Plastics: $1.9 million
Top 10 Zambian Imports from Kenya

Kenya's exports to Zambia amounted to
$411.9 million or 4.9% of its overall imports.

  1. Oil: $351.6 million
  2. Electronic equipment: $8.9 million
  3. Soaps, lubricants, candles: $7.6 million
  4. Tobacco: $7.3 million
  5. Books, newspapers, pictures: $5.5 million
  6. Animal/vegetable fats and oils: $5.4 million
  7. Pharmaceuticals: $4.9 million
  8. Plastics: $4.1 million
  9. Other food preparations: $2.8 million
10. Iron or steel products: $1.7 million
Top Zambian Imports from Kuwait

Kuwait's exports to Zambia amounted to
$394 million or 4.7% of its overall imports.

  1. Oil: $394 million
  2. Machinery: $3,000
  3. Electronic equipment: $1,000
Top 10 Zambian Imports from India

India's exports to Zambia amounted to
$362.9 million or 4.3% of its overall imports.

  1. Pharmaceuticals: $119.7 million
  2. Machinery: $58.8 million
  3. Furniture, lighting, signs: $30.3 million
  4. Vehicles: $22.1 million
  5. Electronic equipment: $21.3 million
  6. Iron or steel products: $18 million
  7. Plastics: $12.9 million
  8. Rubber: $8.2 million
  9. Glass: $6.4 million
10. Other chemical goods: $6.4 million
Top 10 Zambian Imports from Spain

Spain's exports to Zambia amounted to
$213.2 million or 2.5% of its overall imports.

  1. Rubber: $201.8 million
  2. Machinery: $4.5 million
  3. Iron or steel products: $2.7 million
  4. Electronic equipment: $1.7 million
  5. Other chemical goods: $714,000
  6. Gums, resins: $543,000
  7. Books, newspapers, pictures: $501,000
  8. Ceramic products: $120,000
  9. Vehicles: $113,000
10. Perfumes, cosmetics: $107,000
Top 10 Zambian Imports from the UK

United Kingdom's exports to Zambia amounted to
$190.5 million or 2.3% of its overall imports.

  1. Machinery: $66.2 million
  2. Vehicles: $53.4 million
  3. Pharmaceuticals: $13.1 million
  4. Electronic equipment: $9.1 million
  5. Medical, technical equipment: $7.3 million
  6. Books, newspapers, pictures: $6.2 million
  7. Other chemical goods: $5.3 million
  8. Rubber: $4.9 million
  9. Iron or steel products: $4.1 million
10. Plastics: $3.8 million
Top 10 Zambian Imports from Japan

Japan's exports to Zambia amounted to
$181.5 million or 2.2% of its overall imports.

  1. Vehicles: $123 million
  2. Other chemical goods: $48.6 million
  3. Machinery: $4.8 million
  4. Rubber: $2.7 million
  5. Electronic equipment: $885,000
  6. Iron or steel products: $336,000
  7. Pharmaceuticals: $191,000
  8. Medical, technical equipment: $190,000
  9. Other textiles, worn clothing: $158,000
10. Organic chemicals: $117,000
Top 10 Zambian Imports from UAE

United Arab Emirates' exports to Zambia amounted
to $174.5 million or 2.1% of its overall imports.

  1. Machinery: $42.8 million
  2. Ores, slag, ash: $16.1 million
  3. Fertilizers: $15.9 million
  4. Oil: $13.1 million
  5. Plastics: $11.9 million
  6. Vehicles: $11.7 million
  7. Inorganic chemicals: $11.3 million
  8. Organic chemicals: $9.6 million
  9. Electronic equipment: $9.5 million
10. Other textiles, worn clothing: $3.9 million
Fastest-Growing Zambia 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