Discusses key economic indicators and trade statistics, which countries are dominant in the market, the U.S. market share, the political situation if relevant, the top reasons why U.S. companies should consider exporting to this country, and other issues that affect trade, e.g., terrorism, currency devaluations, trade agreements.
Last Published: 11/8/2017
  • Zambia is a politically stable, multi-party democracy, rich in natural resources.
  • The economy enjoys liberalized prices on most items, a stable foreign exchange rates, and no currency controls
  • Zambia’s main export partner is Switzerland (45 percent of total exports, based on Swiss ownership of one of the country’s copper mines).  Others include: China (20 percent), South Africa, United Kingdom, Zimbabwe and DR Congo.  Zambia’s main import partner is South Africa followed by DR Congo and China.
  • In 2016, Zambia’s total imports from the United States were $81.2 million, compared to $84.2 million in 2015.  These consisted primarily of machinery, rubber, and vehicles.
  • In 2016, about $46.6 million in Zambian exports went to the United States, compared to $47.1.7 million in 2015.  These consisted almost entirely of copper, cobalt, precious stones (primarily emeralds), and cotton.

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