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Imports (Sub-Saharan Africa)

Volume 404: debated on Thursday 8 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry in what products imports from sub-Saharan Africa have grown since the implementation of the Everything but Arms agreement; by what margin; and if she will make a statement. [110768]

According to information published by HM Customs and Excise, the value of UK imports from sub-Saharan Africa increased, from 2000 to the year ending February 2003, in 36 out of 64 commodity groups. The value of UK imports and the percentage change, for those commodities that showed an increase, are given in the following table:

UK import of goods from sub-sharan Africa1 (£ million)

SITC Division



Year to February 2003

32Coal, coke and briquettes133.1264.9131.798.9
33Petroleum, petroleum products and related materials43.151.78.619.9
42Fixed vegetable fats and oils; crude, refined or fractionated3.64.40.821.0
43Animal and vegetable oils and fats, processed, and waxes of animal or vegetable origin0.20.50.3175.3
51Organic chemicals3.67.13.598.8
53Dyeing, tanning and colouring materials1.
54Medicinal and pharmaceutical products3.58.65.1146.1
55Essential oils and resinoids and perfume materials; toilet, polishing and cleansing preparations15.420.75.334.3
56Fertilizers, (other than those of group 272)
57Plastics in primary forms1.62.30.743.7
58Plastics in non-primary forms1.
63Cork and wood manufactures (excluding furniture)36.542.96.417.5
64Paper, paperboard and articles of paper pulp; etc.
66Non-metallic mineral manufacturers1,362.42,022.1659.748.4
72Specialised industrial machinery16.521.44.930.0
74General industrial machinery and equipment, NES and machine parts NES75.495.920.527.2
78Road vehicles105.9315.8209.9198.3
79Other transport equipment56.091.635.763.7
82Furniture and parts thereof; bedding, mattresses, supports, cushions and similar stuffed furnishings61.665.53.96.4
87Professional, scientific and control instruments (and apparatus NES)
89Miscellaneous manufactured article NES35.342.37.019.8

1Sub-Saharan Africa comprises the following countries: Mauritania, Bali, Burkina, Niger, Chad, Cape Verde, Senegal, Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Togo, Benin, Nigeria, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Equatorial Guinea, Sao Tome and Principe, Gabon, Republic of Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Burundi, St. Helena, Angola, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Djibouti, Somalia, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Seychelles, British Indian Ocean Territory, Mozambique, Madagascar, Mauritius, Comoros, Mayotte, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Malawi, South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Swaziland and Lesotho.

2Commodities are grouped according to Divisions of the Standard International Trade Classification, revision 3.


NES: Not elsewhere specified.