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Foreign Trade in Figures

Foreign trade account for 70% of the country's GDP (World Bank, 2020). Customs duties are relatively high and some other non-tariff barriers also exist, aiming to protect the local industries. Gabon mainly exports mineral fuels and oils, manganese ores, wood products and ferro-alloys; and mainly imports machinery, boats, electrical machinery, meat and other food products, vehicles, cereals, mineral fuels, iron, plastics, and pharmaceutical products (ITC, 2020).

Gabon's main trading partners are China, the United States, Ireland, the Republic of Korea and the Netherlands (UNCTAD, 2020). France, Belgium and China are Gabon’s main suppliers (France Ministry of Economy). Gabon is a member of the CEMAC (Monetary and Economic Community of Central Africa), which through the Monetary Union of Central Africa provides its six members with a common currency, the CFA franc, which is pegged to the euro. The country is also a member of the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS), but the economic integration of the group's eleven member states is far from being complete. Gabon has also signed the African Continental Free Trade Agreement.

Gabon’s trade balance is structurally in surplus, thanks to the revenues generated by oil exports. In 2020, total exports of goods amounted to USD 4.9 billion while total imports reached USD 2.94 billion, resulting in a comfortable trade surplus. On the side of service, in 2016, Gabon’s service export amounted to 357 million USD while its services import cost 1.79 billion USD (WTO).

Foreign Trade Values 20172018201920202021
Imports of Goods (million USD) 3,0123,0823,1402,9373,444
Exports of Goods (million USD) 5,6786,5046,6204,9035,962
Imports of Services (million USD) 00000
Exports of Services (million USD) 00000

Source: World Trade Organisation (WTO) ; Latest available data

Foreign Trade Indicators 20172018201920202021
Foreign Trade (in % of GDP)
Imports of Goods and Services (Annual % Change) -7.351.225.5-6.04.3
Exports of Goods and Services (Annual % Change) 3.91.414.010.0-1.0
Imports of Goods and Services (in % of GDP) 24.822.722.022.616.8
Exports of Goods and Services (in % of GDP) 50.254.351.447.555.8

Source: World Bank ; Latest available data

Foreign Trade Forecasts 20222023 (e)2024 (e)2025 (e)2026 (e)
Volume of exports of goods and services (Annual % change) -
Volume of imports of goods and services (Annual % change)

Source: IMF, World Economic Outlook ; Latest available data

Note: (e) Estimated Data

International Economic Cooperation
Member of World Trade Organization (WTO)
Member of Economic and Monetary Community of Central Africa (CEMAC)
Member of African Union (AU)
Member of Organisation for the Harmonization of Corporate Law in Africa (OHADA)

To go further, check out our service Import Export Flows.


Main Services

0.2 bn USD of services exported in 2017
1.8 bn USD of services imported in 2017

Source: United Nations Statistics Division, 2023. Because of rounding, the sum of the percentages may be smaller/greater than 100%.

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