Merchandise Trade (As % of GDP) fell to 64.6% in Botswana in 2017

Merchandise Trade (As % of GDP) (%)
Economy | Botswana | May 17, 2019
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Merchandise trade as a share of GDP reached 64.6 % in 2017 in Botswana, according to the National Statistical Office. This is 25.2 % less than in the previous year.

Historically, merchandise trade as a share of GDP in Botswana reached an all time high of 128 % in 1987 and an all time low of 51.4 % in 1961. When compared to Botswana's main peers, merchandise trade as a share of GDP in Namibia amounted to 83.4 %, 54.5 % in South Africa, 61.8 % in Zambia and 33.5 % in Zimbabwe in 2017.

Botswana has been ranked 61st within the group of 168 countries we follow in terms of merchandise trade as a share of GDP, 15 places behind the position seen 10 years ago.

Merchandise trade as a share of GDP is the sum of merchandise exports and imports divided by the value of GDP, all in current US dollars.

Merchandise Trade (As % of GDP) Unit 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Angola % 78.3% 74.0% 69.2% 60.2% 46.4%
Botswana % 85.7% 97.1% 109% 102% 94.2%
Dem. Republic of the Congo % 46.8% 42.3% 38.2% 41.8% 31.9%
Lesotho % 132% 133% 120% 116% 114%
Mozambique % 75.5% 86.3% 88.2% 77.6% 79.4%
Namibia % 88.6% 89.5% 96.3% 103% 101%
South Africa % 56.0% 57.2% 60.7% 61.3% 58.4%
Swaziland % 80.1% 78.2% 78.7% 84.4% 80.2%
Tanzania % 44.8% 41.4% 36.4% 33.3% 33.1%
Zambia % 69.0% 71.2% 75.6% 71.5% 68.7%
Zimbabwe % 56.1% 48.4% 43.0% 41.4% 36.3%