Overview In 2022 South Sudan was the number 168 economy in the world in terms of total exports and the number 186 in total imports.

Exports The top exports of South Sudan are Crude Petroleum ($471M), Refined Petroleum ($24M), Gold ($20.4M), Forage Crops ($15.2M), and Barley ($2.98M), exporting mostly to China ($237M), Italy ($141M), Singapore ($67.2M), Japan ($49.6M), and United Arab Emirates ($45.5M).

Imports The top imports of South Sudan are Cars ($32.6M), Knit T-shirts ($29.5M), Packaged Medicaments ($25.9M), Delivery Trucks ($25.7M), and Knit Men's Suits ($23.8M), importing mostly from United Arab Emirates ($364M), Kenya ($170M), China ($156M), United States ($38.5M), and India ($30.2M).

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

Latest Trends

Latest Trade


The following section uses the most recent trade data from partners of South Sudan.

Disclaimer: data is presented based on availability and only countries that use the harmonized system are being shown.

* Trade values are converted to USD using each month's exchange rate. For December 2023 data, the exchange rate from December 30, 2023 is used.

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Latest Data


The data obtained is mirror data. The trade of countries that do not report current data can be reconstructed based on data reported by partner countries with current data available.

*All data is converted to USD using January 2020 exchange rates when data is reported in local currency.

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Historical Data

Yearly Trade

Top Export (2022)Crude Petroleum$471M
Top Destination (2022)China$237M

In 2022, South Sudan exported a total of $544M, making it the number 168 exporter in the world. During the last five reported years the exports of South Sudan have changed by -$802M from $1.35B in 2017 to $544M in 2022.

The most recent exports are led by Crude Petroleum ($471M), Refined Petroleum ($24M), Gold ($20.4M), Forage Crops ($15.2M), and Barley ($2.98M). The most common destination for the exports of South Sudan are China ($237M), Italy ($141M), Singapore ($67.2M), Japan ($49.6M), and United Arab Emirates ($45.5M).

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Exports (2022)
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Market Growth

Fastest Growing Export Markets (2021 - 2022)
Italy$52.6M (+ 59.3%)
United Arab Emirates$25.4M (+ 127%)
South Africa$809k (+ 6.33k%)
Fastest Growing Import Markets (2021 - 2022)
United Arab Emirates$26.8M (+ 7.97%)
China$17.3M (+ 12.4%)
Italy$16.4M (+ 294%)

Total Export Growth by Market (2021 - 2022)

Service Trade

Service Trade

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).

Service Exports (2019)

Service Imports (2019)

Economic Complexity

Most Specialized Products by RCA Index

South Sudan has a high level of specialization in Forage Crops (158), Insect Resins (54.5), Oil Seed Flower (32.5), Crude Petroleum (14.1), and Barley (12.5). 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

The highest complexity exports of South Sudan according to the product complexity index (PCI) are Barley (-0.44), Swedes, mangolds, fodder roots, hay, lucerne (alfalfa), clover, sainfoin, forage kale, lupines,... (-0.82), Animals; live, n.e.c. in chapter 01 (-0.99), Flours and meals of oil seeds or oleaginous fruits; other than those... (-1.04), and Seeds, fruit and spores; of a kind used for sowing (-1.21). PCI measures the knowledge intensity of a product by considering the knowledge intensity of its exporters.

Export Opportunities by Relatedness

The top export opportunities for South Sudan according to the relatedness index, were Manganese Ore (0.033), Raw Cotton (0.033), Cocoa Beans (0.029), Sorghum (0.029), and Ground Nuts (0.028). 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.

Product Space

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 a country currently specializes in.

Relatedness Space

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.

Diversification Frontier


The Complexity-Relatedness diagram compares the risk vs strategic value of a country's potential export oppotunities. Relatedness is 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 greenhouse emissions.

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