The Zimbabwe National Statistics Agency (ZIMSTAT) has announced that the value of total exports in April 2022 was US$587.3 million, signifying an increase of 5.3% from total export earnings of US$557.6 million in March 2022.
The agency also announced that during the same period, imports decreased by 10.7% to US$637.2 million from US$713.8 million in March 2022.
ZIMSTAT produces the monthly summary of External Trade Statistics report using data on merchandise statistics from the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (ZIMRA) and secondary statistics from companies and trade organizations. In a report, seen by Pindula News, ZIMSTAT said:
Data for April 2022 shows that Zimbabwe’s main exports were semi-manufactured gold (30.1%), nickel mattes including platinum group of minerals (PGMs) (22.8%), nickel ores and concentrates (14.7%), tobacco (11.5%), industrial diamonds (5.0%), ferrochromium (4.7%), platinum unwrought or in powder form (2.4%) and coke and semicoke (1.4%).
During the month of April 2022, the country exported 2 963 kilogrammes of semi-manufactured gold valued at US$176.9 million, compared to 2 200 kilogrammes valued at US$135.5 million in March 2022. In the same month of April 2022, the country exported 1,150.1 tonnes of nickel mattes valued at US$133.9 million, compared to 1,009.5 tonnes valued at US$110.2 million in March 2022. Besides the major minerals usually exported, Zimbabwe also exported 103 kilogrammes of industrial diamonds valued at US$29.2 million in April 2022, compared to 148 kilogrammes valued at US$45.2 million in March, 2021.
ZIMSTAT added that Zimbabwe’s major imports remained mineral fuels and mineral oil products which stood at 22.1% in April 2022, compared to 17.1% in March 2022.
This was followed by machinery and equipment at 13.1% in April 2022.
Other imports in April 2022 included:
a). vehicles (8.3%),
b). electrical machinery (4.9%),
c). plastics (4.5%),
d). cereals mostly rice (3.6%),
e). animal and vegetable oils and fats (2.8%),
f). pharmaceuticals (2.7%),
g). paper and paper products (1.9%), and
h). fertilizers (1.6%). Notably,
According to the report, cereal imports increased from 1.7% in March 2022 to 3.6% in April 2022. Rice, which makes the bulk of cereal imports constituted 1.3% in March 2022 compared to 2.5% in April 2022.