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Overview In 2021 South Sudan was the number 167 economy in the world in terms of total exports and the number 181 in total imports.

Exports The top exports of South Sudan are Crude Petroleum ($455M), Refined Petroleum ($84.9M), Forage Crops ($9.75M), Onions ($2.1M), and Sheep and Goat Meat ($1.99M), exporting mostly to China ($299M), Italy ($88.7M), Singapore ($85.7M), Japan ($66.6M), and United Arab Emirates ($20M).

Imports The top imports of South Sudan are Delivery Trucks ($61M), Cars ($50.2M), Other Edible Preparations ($39.3M), Sorghum ($26.3M), and Packaged Medicaments ($21.6M), importing mostly from United Arab Emirates ($337M), Kenya ($155M), China ($140M), United States ($57.6M), and India ($28M).

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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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.

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

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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

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Top Export (2021)Crude Petroleum$455M
Top Destination (2021)China$299M

In 2021, South Sudan exported a total of $564M, making it the number 167 exporter in the world. During the last five reported years the exports of South Sudan have changed by -$916M from $1.48B in 2016 to $564M in 2021.

The most recent exports are led by Crude Petroleum ($455M), Refined Petroleum ($84.9M), Forage Crops ($9.75M), Onions ($2.1M), and Sheep and Goat Meat ($1.99M). The most common destination for the exports of South Sudan are China ($299M), Italy ($88.7M), Singapore ($85.7M), Japan ($66.6M), and United Arab Emirates ($20M).

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Market Growth

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Fastest Growing Export Markets (2020 - 2021)
Singapore$84.6M (+ 7.62k%)
Japan$66.6M (+ 1.16M%)
Italy$64.4M (+ 265%)
Fastest Growing Import Markets (2020 - 2021)
United States$18.6M (+ 47.8%)
Ethiopia$7.06M (+ 103%)

Total Export Growth by Market (2020 - 2021)

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).

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Economic Complexity

Most Specialized Products by RCA Index

South Sudan has a high level of specialization in Forage Crops (102), Insect Resins (73.5), Crude Petroleum (17.9), Onions (10.4), and Sheep and Goat Meat (7.05). Specialization is measured using RCA, an index that takes the ratio between South Sudan observed and expected exports in each product.

Export Opportunities by Relatedness

The top export opportunities for South Sudan according to the relatedness index, were Gold (0.046), Manganese Ore (0.038), Raw Cotton (0.036), Dried Legumes (0.036), and Ground Nuts (0.035). 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

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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.

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