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Econ Complexity (2018): -1.72, Rank 133 of 137

Product Exports (2018): $1.71B, Rank 136 of 222

Exports Per Capita (2018): $156, Rank 28 of 219

Product Imports (2018): $811M, Rank 177 of 221

Imports Per Capita (2018): $73.9, Rank 52 of 219

Service Exports (2018): $1.71B, Rank 59 of 88

Service Imports (2018): $537M, Rank 74 of 88

Overview: This page contains the latest international trade data for South Sudan, including service trade data. In 2018 South Sudan was the number 136 in total exports, the number 177 in total imports, and the number 133 most complex economy according to the Economic Complexity Index (ECI). In 2018, South Sudan exported $1.71B and imported $811M, resulting in a positive trade balance of $898M. In 2018, South Sudan's exports per capita were $156 and its imports per capita were $73.9.

Trade: The top exports of South Sudan are Crude Petroleum ($1.63B), Forage Crops ($32.1M), Raw Cotton ($13.8M), Gold ($12.4M), and Dried Legumes ($9.98M). The top imports of South Sudan are Cars ($60.2M), Raw Sugar ($51.4M), Delivery Trucks ($43.8M), Cereal Flours ($36.3M), and Palm Oil ($28.2M).

Destinations: South Sudan exports mostly to China ($1.59B), United Arab Emirates ($48.3M), India ($44.4M), Pakistan ($24.2M), and Uganda ($3.19M), and imports mostly from Uganda ($301M), United Arab Emirates ($162M), Kenya ($128M), China ($76.7M), and United States ($21.7M).

Location: South Sudan borders Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Kenya, Sudan, and Uganda by land and Saudi Arabia by sea.

Yearly Exports

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Top Export (2018): Crude Petroleum, $1.63B

Top Destination (2018): China, $1.59B

In 2018 South Sudan exported a total of $1.71B, making it the number 136 exporter in the world. During the last five reported years the exports of South Sudan have changed by -$560M from $2.27B in 2013 to $1.71B in 2018.

The most recent exports are led by Crude Petroleum ($1.63B), Forage Crops ($32.1M), Raw Cotton ($13.8M), Gold ($12.4M), and Dried Legumes ($9.98M). The most common destination for the exports of South Sudan are China ($1.59B), United Arab Emirates ($48.3M), India ($44.4M), Pakistan ($24.2M), and Uganda ($3.19M).

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Yearly Imports

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Top Import (2018): Cars, $60.2M

Top Origin (2018): Uganda, $301M

In 2018 South Sudan imported $811M, making it the number 177 trade destination in the world. During the last five reported years the imports of South Sudan changed by $397M from $415M in 2013 to $811M in 2018.

The most recent imports of South Sudan are led by Cars ($60.2M), Raw Sugar ($51.4M), Delivery Trucks ($43.8M), Cereal Flours ($36.3M), and Palm Oil ($28.2M). The most common import partners for South Sudan are Uganda ($301M), United Arab Emirates ($162M), Kenya ($128M), China ($76.7M), and United States ($21.7M).

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Fastest Growing Export Markets (2017 - 2018)

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South Sudan Exports Services (2018): $1.71B

South Sudan Imports Services (2018): $537M

In 2018, South Sudan exported $1.71B worth of services. The top services exported by South Sudan in 2018 were Merchanting and other trade-related services ($1.63B), Franchises and similar rights ($24.4M), Construction services ($22.1M), Personal, cultural, and recreational services ($19.5M), and Other government services ($7.51M).

The top services imported by South Sudan in 2018 were Transportation ($294M), Computer and information services ($80.2M), Other business services ($53.4M), Other government services ($51.7M), and Financial services ($24.1M).

Trade Forecasts

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This section shows forecasts for total product exports and imports for South Sudan. The forecast is based in a long short-term memory model or LSTM constructed using yearly trade data.

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Economic Complexity

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Economic Complexity Ranking

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During the last 4 years South Sudan's⁩ ⁨economy has become relatively more complex, moving from the ⁩⁨141st to the 133rd⁩ position in the ECI rank.

These economic complexity rankings use 6 digit exports classified according to the HS96 classification. We consider only countries with population of at least 1 million and exports of at least $1 billion, and products with world trade over $500 million. To explore different rankings and vary these parameters visit the custom rankings section.

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Most Specialized Products by RCA Index

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South Sudan has a high level of specialization in Forage Crops (117), Crude Petroleum (16.3), Dried Legumes (11.4), Raw Cotton (9.85), and Insect Resins (7.49). Specialization is measured using RCA, an index that takes the ratio between South Sudan observed and expected exports in each product.

Most Complex Products by PCI

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The highest complexity exports of South Sudan according to the product complexity index (PCI) are Wood sawn, chipped lengthwise, sliced or peeled (-0.9), Animal fodder and forage products, roots etc. (-1.41), Meat of sheep or goats, fresh, chilled or frozen (-1.58), Melons, watermelons and papaws (papayas), fresh (-1.61), and Vegetables, leguminous dried, shelled (-1.85). PCI measures the knowledge intensity of a product by considering the knowledge intensity of its exporters.

Export Opportunities by Relatedness

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The top export opportunities for South Sudan according to the relatedness index, are Chromium Ore (0.021), Petroleum Gas (0.02), Gold (0.019), Other Oily Seeds (0.019), and Other Ores (0.018). Relatedness measures the distance between a country's current exports and each product. The barchart show only products that South Sudan is not specialized in.

The product space is a network connecting products that are likely to be co-exported. The product space can be used to predict future exports, since countries are more likely to start exporting products that are related to current exports. Relatedness measures the distance between a product, and all of the products it is currently specialized in.

Diversification Frontier

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The Complexity-Relatedness diagram compares the risk and the strategic value of a country's potential export oppotunities. Relatedness is a predictive of the probability that a country increases its exports in a product. Complexity, is associated with higher levels of income, economic growth, less income inequality, and lower emissions.