Top Zambia Imports 2017
In 2017, Zambia bought US$8.7 billion worth of imported products down by -14.3% since 2013 but up by 18.7% from 2016 to 2017.
Top 10 Zambian Imports from South Africa

South Africa's exports to Zambia amounted to
$2.5 billion or 28.2% of its overall imports.

  1. Machinery: $412.2 million
  2. Mineral fuels including oil: $210.3 million
  3. Vehicles: $186.3 million
  4. Fertilizers: $182.2 million
  5. Electronic equipment: $148.2 million
  6. Plastics: $132.2 million
  7. Iron or steel products: $104.7 million
  8. Iron and steel: $97.9 million
  9. Salt, sulphur, stone, cement: $97.2 million
10. Other chemical goods: $73.2 million
Top 10 Zambian Imports from Congo

Democratic Rep. Congo's exports to Zambia equaled $1.8 billion or 20.7% of its overall imports.

  1. Ores, slag, ash: $1 billion
  2. Inorganic chemicals: $756 million
  3. Zinc: $10.4 million
  4. Copper: $9.4 million
  5. Machinery: $2.2 million
  6. Lead: $1.5 million
  7. Beverages: $556,000
  8. Organic chemicals: $271,000
  9. Rubber: $159,000
10. Salt, sulphur, stone, cement: $148,000
Top 10 Zambian Imports from China

China's exports to Zambia amounted to
$1.1 billion or 12.9% of its overall imports.

  1. Machinery: $312 million
  2. Aircraft, spacecraft: $192.9 million
  3. Electronic equipment: $151.3 million
  4. Iron or steel products: $100.8 million
  5. Vehicles: $59.5 million
  6. Rubber: $31 million
  7. Iron and steel: $27.4 million
  8. Fertilizers: $23.1 million
  9. Plastics: $19.9 million
10. Furniture, lighting, signs: $18.4 million
Top Zambian Imports from Kuwait

Kuwait's exports to Zambia amounted to
$466.5 million or 5.4% of its overall imports.

  1. Mineral fuels including oil: $463.6 million
  2. Fertilizers: $2.8 million
  3. Machinery: $11,000
Top 10 Zambian Imports from the UAE

United Arab Emirates's exports to Zambia equaled  $422.2 million or 4.8% of its overall imports.

  1. Mineral fuels including oil: $259.5 million
  2. Organic chemicals: $39.7 million
  3. Machinery: $31.6 million
  4. Fertilizers: $29.4 million
  5. Inorganic chemicals: $7.9 million
  6. Electronic equipment: $7 million
  7. Plastics: $6.7 million
  8. Vehicles: $6.3 million
  9. Other textiles, worn clothing: $5.1 million
10. Rubber: $3.6 million
Top 10 Zambian Imports from India

India's exports to Zambia amounted to
$245.8 million or 2.8% of its overall imports.

  1. Pharmaceuticals: $63.2 million
  2. Machinery: $41.5 million
  3. Vehicles: $16.5 million
  4. Plastics: $15.6 million
  5. Glass: $13.2 million
  6. Salt, sulphur, stone, cement: $11.4 million
  7. Other chemical goods: $9.6 million
  8. Electronic equipment: $7.9 million
  9. Rubber: $6.5 million
10. Iron or steel products: $5.9 million
Top 10 Zambian Imports from Mauritius

Mauritius's exports to Zambia amounted to
$216.7 million or 2.5% of its overall imports.

  1. Mineral fuels including oil: $159 million
  2. Machinery: $18.9 million
  3. Fertilizers: $11.8 million
  4. Inorganic chemicals: $6.4 million
  5. Salt, sulphur, stone, cement: $6.4 million
  6. Animal/vegetable fats and oils: $4.2 million
  7. Electronic equipment: $2.4 million
  8. Iron or steel products: $1.2 million
  9. Vehicles: $1.1 million
10. Medical, technical equipment: $957,000
Top 10 Zambian Imports from Mozambique

Mozambique's exports to Zambia amounted to
$176.7 million or 2.0% of its overall imports.

  1. Fertilizers: $164.8 million
  2. Mineral fuels including oil: $3.3 million
  3. Aluminum: $3.3 million
  4. Cereals: $1.8 million
  5. Cereal, milk preparations:$873,000
  6. Machinery: $669,000
  7. Vehicles: $475,000
  8. Fish: $341,000
  9. Vegetables: $324,000
10. Inorganic chemicals: $205,000
Top 10 Zambian Imports from Tanzania

Tanzania's exports to Zambia amounted to
$164.8 million or 1.9% of its overall imports.

  1. Mineral fuels including oil: $118.5 million
  2. Fertilizers: $11.5 million
  3. Other textiles, worn clothing: $8.5 million
  4. Salt, sulphur, stone, cement: $7.8 million
  5. Vehicles: $2.9 million
  6. Plastics: $2.9 million
  7. Inorganic chemicals: $1.3 million
  8. Glass: $1.3 million
  9. Machinery: $1.3 million
10. Iron and steel: $1.1 million
Top 10 Zambian Imports from the UK

United Kingdom's exports to Zambia amounted to $141.5 million or 1.6% of its overall imports.

  1. Vehicles: $43.1 million
  2. Machinery: $41.9 million
  3. Pharmaceuticals: $8.7 million
  4. Electronic equipment: $7.9 million
  5. Medical, technical equipment: $5.6 million
  6. Books, newspapers, pictures: $5 million
  7. Iron or steel products: $4.5 million
  8. Plastics: $3.9 million
  9. Mineral fuels including oil: $3.1 million
10. Other chemical goods: $3 million
Top 10 Zambian Imports from Japan

Japan's exports to Zambia amounted to
$128.9 million or 1.5% of its overall imports.

  1. Vehicles: $97.8 million
  2. Rubber: $9.3 million
  3. Other chemical goods: $8 million
  4. Machinery: $4.5 million
  5. Iron and steel: $4.4 million
  6. Electronic equipment: $2.7 million
  7. Medical, technical equipment: $785,000
  8. Iron or steel products: $208,000
  9. Ships, boats: $155,000
10. Man-made staple fibers: $153,000
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.
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Data source: Trade Map, International Trade Centre, www.intracen.org/marketanalysis