Zimbabwe’s import list has of late been dominated by raw materials, the latest Zimbabwe National Statistics Agency’s (Zimstat) trade report shows.
The report, which covers the period ended 30 June 2022, shows a departure from the past when finished products for consumption dominated the import list. The report said:
The major imports remained mineral fuels and mineral oil products, which stood at 20,1%, followed by machinery and mechanical appliances at 16,2% in June 2022.
Other imports included animal/vegetable fats and oils at 8,4%, vehicles 8,1%, electrical machinery and equipment 4,3%, plastics 4%, fertilisers 2,9%, pharmaceuticals 1,7%, paper and paper products 1,4% and rubber 1,4%.
Zimstat said the main exports were semi-manufactured gold 22,8%, nickel mattes including platinum group of minerals 20%, mineral substances 19%, nickel ores and concentrates 16%, tobacco 4,7%, ferrochromium 4,1%, platinum unwrought or in powder form 2,9%, coke and semicoke of coal 2%.