Overview In 2019 South Sudan was the number 143 in total exports, the number 186 in total imports and the number 146 most complex economy according to the Economic Complexity Index (ECI).

Exports The top exports of South Sudan are Crude Petroleum ($1.62B), Gold ($47.6M), Forage Crops ($28.8M), Sawn Wood ($6.73M), and Rough Wood ($3.01M), exporting mostly to China ($1.51B), United Arab Emirates ($79.5M), United States ($70.4M), India ($46.9M), and Spain ($1.56M).

Imports The top imports of South Sudan are Cars ($88.3M), Delivery Trucks ($47.6M), Packaged Medicaments ($35.9M), Other Edible Preparations ($29.6M), and Knit Men's Coats ($14M), importing mostly from United Arab Emirates ($247M), Kenya ($122M), China ($122M), Switzerland ($25.2M), and Netherlands ($23.6M).

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

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Yearly Exports

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Top Export (2019): Crude Petroleum, $1.62B

Top Destination (2019): China, $1.51B

In 2019, South Sudan exported a total of $1.71B, making it the number 143 exporter in the world. During the last five reported years the exports of South Sudan have changed by -$2.69B from $4.4B in 2014 to $1.71B in 2019.

The most recent exports are led by Crude Petroleum ($1.62B), Gold ($47.6M), Forage Crops ($28.8M), Sawn Wood ($6.73M), and Rough Wood ($3.01M). The most common destination for the exports of South Sudan are China ($1.51B), United Arab Emirates ($79.5M), United States ($70.4M), India ($46.9M), and Spain ($1.56M).

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Top Import (2019): Cars, $88.3M

Top Origin (2019): United Arab Emirates, $247M

In 2019 South Sudan imported $667M, making it the number 186 trade destination in the world. During the last five reported years the imports of South Sudan changed by $123M from $544M in 2014 to $667M in 2019.

The most recent imports of South Sudan are led by Cars ($88.3M), Delivery Trucks ($47.6M), Packaged Medicaments ($35.9M), Other Edible Preparations ($29.6M), and Knit Men's Coats ($14M). The most common import partners for South Sudan are United Arab Emirates ($247M), Kenya ($122M), China ($122M), Switzerland ($25.2M), and Netherlands ($23.6M).

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South Sudan Exports Services (2019): $105M

South Sudan Imports Services (2019): $981M

In 2019, South Sudan exported $105M worth of services. The top services exported by South Sudan in 2019 were Other business services ($87.5M), Royalties and license fees ($8.96M), Construction services ($4.45M), Financial services ($3.26M), and Computer and information services ($350k).

The top services imported by South Sudan in 2019 were Transportation ($949M), Financial services ($15M), Other business services ($8.17M), Government services, n.i.e. ($3.3M), and Insurance services ($1.79M).

Economic Complexity

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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 (100), Insect Resins (17.6), Crude Petroleum (17.4), Rough Wood (2.11), and Buckwheat (1.95). 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 (-1.11), Animal fodder and forage products, roots etc. (-1.37), Buckwheat, millet and canary seed, other cereals (-1.47), Melons, watermelons and papaws (papayas), fresh (-1.67), and Wood in the rough or roughly squared (-1.71). 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 Raw Cotton (0.023), Other Oily Seeds (0.022), Petroleum Gas (0.021), Coconuts, Brazil Nuts, and Cashews (0.018), and Tin 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.

Relatedness Space

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This network shows the products most related to the production structure of South Sudan. These are products that tend to be co-exported with the products that South Sudan exports. Higher relatedness values ​​indicate greater knowledge, which predicts a greater probability of exporting that product in the future.

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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.

Economic Complexity Ranking

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During the last 6 years South Sudan's⁩ ⁨economy has become relatively less complex, moving from the ⁩⁨142nd to the 146th⁩ 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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