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1.1    Introduction
The provisional 2018 Kenya Trade Statistics from Kenya National Bureau of Statistics indicate that the structure of export markets and products remain largely unchanged. Overall, the balance of trade deficit rose by 1.42% from Kshs. 1.13 trillion in 2017 to Kshs. 1.15 trillion in 2018.
The analysis indicates that;

  • Exports grew in value from Kshs. 594 billion in 2017 to Kshs. 613 billion in 2018 (an increase of 3.2%) while imports grew from Kshs. 1.73 trillion in 2017 to Kshs. 1.76 trillion in 2018 (an increase of 2.0%).
  • The balance of trade deficit therefore rose from Kshs. 1.13 trillion in 2017 to Kshs. 1.15 trillion in 2018 (an increase of 1.42%).
  • The major exports in 2018 included tea, horticulture, petroleum products, apparels and coffee all contributing for 58.4% of the merchandise exports, while the major imports were petroleum oil products, crude palm oil, industrial machinery, motor vehicles and medicaments.
  • In 2018, Uganda regained top position as Kenya’s lead market for merchandise exports with her imports slightly increasing from Kshs. 61.8 billion in 2017 to Kshs. 61.9 billion in 2018 (an increase by 0.1%); followed by Pakistan who imported products worth Kshs. 59.4 billion in 2018 down from Kshs. 64.1 billion in 2017 (a decrease of 7.9%); and USA who imported goods worth Kshs. 47.34 billion in 2018 up from Kshs. 47.26 billion in 2017 (a slight increase of 0.15%).
  • The leading 11 countries absorbed exports worth more than Kshs 15 billion

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The Export Promotion Council (EPC) premier mandate is to support exporters and producers of export goods and services. Established in 1992, EPC’s primary objective was to address bottlenecks that were facing exporters and producers of export goods and services with a view to increasing the performance of the export sector.
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