Overview In 2020 South Sudan was the number 161 economy in the world in terms of total exports and the number 172 in total imports.

Exports The top exports of South Sudan are Crude Petroleum ($701M), Gold ($111M), Forage Crops ($22M), Onions ($4.28M), and Scrap Iron ($3.68M), exporting mostly to China ($677M), Uganda ($86.7M), United Arab Emirates ($57.1M), Italy ($24.3M), and India ($2.08M).

Imports The top imports of South Sudan are Cars ($78.5M), Delivery Trucks ($52.3M), Other Edible Preparations ($45.9M), Sorghum ($38.7M), and Raw Sugar ($35.9M), importing mostly from Uganda ($357M), Kenya ($216M), United Arab Emirates ($192M), China ($156M), and United States ($38.9M).

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

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

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Data is presented based on data availability. Only countries using the Harmonic System (HS) are selected. Every source is shown using their own latest twelve months of data.

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

Historical Data

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Yearly Exports

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Top Export (2020): Crude Petroleum, $701M

Top Destination (2020): China, $677M

In 2020, South Sudan exported a total of $850M, making it the number 161 exporter in the world. During the last five reported years the exports of South Sudan have changed by -$1.49B from $2.34B in 2015 to $850M in 2020.

The most recent exports are led by Crude Petroleum ($701M), Gold ($111M), Forage Crops ($22M), Onions ($4.28M), and Scrap Iron ($3.68M). The most common destination for the exports of South Sudan are China ($677M), Uganda ($86.7M), United Arab Emirates ($57.1M), Italy ($24.3M), and India ($2.08M).

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Yearly Imports

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Top Import (2020): Cars, $78.5M

Top Origin (2020): Uganda, $357M

In 2020 South Sudan imported $1.1B, making it the number 172 trade destination in the world. During the last five reported years the imports of South Sudan changed by $337M from $760M in 2015 to $1.1B in 2020.

The most recent imports of South Sudan are led by Cars ($78.5M), Delivery Trucks ($52.3M), Other Edible Preparations ($45.9M), Sorghum ($38.7M), and Raw Sugar ($35.9M). The most common import partners for South Sudan are Uganda ($357M), Kenya ($216M), United Arab Emirates ($192M), China ($156M), and United States ($38.9M).

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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 (138), Crude Petroleum (21.6), Insect Resins (17.7), Onions (11.4), and Gold (5.17). 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 Ferrous waste or scrap, ingots or iron or steel (-0.41), Animal fodder and forage products, roots etc. (-0.9), Wood sawn, chipped lengthwise, sliced or peeled (-1.15), Meat of sheep or goats, fresh, chilled or frozen (-1.49), and Onions, shallots, garlic, leeks, etc. fresh or chilled (-1.94). 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 Petroleum Gas (0.016), Raw Cotton (0.016), Cocoa Beans (0.015), Other Oily Seeds (0.015), and Wool (0.015). 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 a country currently specializes 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 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.

Economic Complexity Ranking

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During the last 5 years South Sudan's⁩ ⁨economy has become relatively more complex, moving from the ⁩⁨134th to the 129th⁩ 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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