Kenya's trade deficit rose to KES 101.6 billion in April 2019 from KES 100 billion in the same month a year ago. Exports advanced only 0.5 percent to KES 43.4 million, as higher sales of chemicals (6.4 percent), fish (54.9 percent) and petroleum (87 percent) were offset by declines in those of vegetables (-0.2 percent); tea (-12.2 percent); coffee (-13.4 percent) and cement (-83.5 percent). The country's overall crop output has been hit by prolonged drought conditions, causing substantial delays in planting operations. Imports increased 0.2 percent to KES 150.4 billion, boosted by food & live animals (9.3 percent); mineral fuels (18.2 percent); crude materials (38 percent) and beverages & tobacco (18.3 percent). In contrast, purchases fell for chemicals (-14.2 percent); machinery & transport equipment (-9.9 percent) and manufactured goods (-0.4 percent). Balance of Trade in Kenya averaged -44492.18 Million KES from 1998 until 2019, reaching an all time high of -2175 Million KES in June of 1999 and a record low of -119463 Million KES in September of 2014.

Balance of Trade in Kenya is expected to be -93000.00 Million KES by the end of this quarter, according to Trading Economics global macro models and analysts expectations. Looking forward, we estimate Balance of Trade in Kenya to stand at -83000.00 in 12 months time. In the long-term, the Kenya Balance of Trade is projected to trend around -86500.00 Million KES in 2020, according to our econometric models.

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Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2019-04-05 09:15 AM Balance of Trade KES -101.8B KES -82.7B KES -103B
2019-04-05 09:15 AM Balance of Trade KES -90.4B KES -101.8B KES -70B
2019-06-14 08:40 AM Balance of Trade KES -72.2B KES -90.4B KES -105B
2019-06-25 09:35 AM Balance of Trade KES -101.6B KES -72.2B KES -102B
2019-07-18 10:00 AM Balance of Trade KES -101.6B KES -110B
2019-08-14 04:00 PM Balance of Trade KES -93B
2019-09-13 03:30 PM Balance of Trade KES -92B


Kenya Trade Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Balance of Trade -101630.00 -72175.00 -2175.00 -119463.00 Million KES [+]
Current Account -3846.40 -3916.90 159.86 -5930.00 USD Million [+]
Current Account to GDP -5.20 -5.90 2.20 -12.20 percent [+]
Imports 150442.00 124865.00 168020.00 13453.00 million KES [+]
Exports 48813.00 52690.00 59405.00 9007.00 Million KES [+]
External Debt 2721.60 2707.29 2729.48 361.73 KES Billion [+]
Capital Flows -4164.20 -4146.60 2284.20 -6986.40 USD Million [+]
Remittances 243193.33 245359.52 266186.58 25154.00 USD Thousand [+]
Gold Reserves 0.00 0.02 0.02 0.00 Tonnes [+]
Terms Of Trade 68.00 75.50 100.00 68.00 Index points [+]
Terrorism Index 6.11 6.17 6.66 2.56 [+]
Tourist Arrivals 136225.00 125323.00 171422.00 36970.00 [+]
Foreign Direct Investment 68723.00 49253.00 68723.00 871.00 KES Million [+]

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Kenya Balance of Trade

Agricultural products are central to Kenya's export industry with horticultural and tea being the most important. Other export items include textiles, coffee, tobacco, iron and steel products, petroleum products, cement. Kenya main exports partners are UK, Netherlands, Uganda, Tanzania, United States and Pakistan. Kenya imports mostly machinery and transportation equipment, petroleum products, motor vehicles, iron and steel, resins and plastics. Kenya main import partners are India, China, UAE, South Africa, Saudi Arabia, United States and Japan. This page provides the latest reported value for - Kenya Balance of Trade - plus previous releases, historical high and low, short-term forecast and long-term prediction, economic calendar, survey consensus and news. Kenya Balance of Trade - actual data, historical chart and calendar of releases - was last updated on July of 2019.

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
-101630.00 -72175.00 -2175.00 -119463.00 1998 - 2019 Million KES Monthly




Country Last Previous
Argentina 1373.00 May/19
Australia 5745.00 May/19
Brazil 5020.00 Jun/19
Canada 762.30 May/19
China 509.76 Jun/19
Euro Area 15671.60 Apr/19
France -3278.00 May/19
Germany 20600.00 May/19
India -15360.00 May/19
Indonesia 207.60 May/19
Italy 2884.57 Apr/19
Japan -967.11 May/19
Mexico 1030.71 May/19
Netherlands 4154.00 Apr/19
Russia 11823.00 May/19
Saudi Arabia 131636.00 Mar/19
Singapore 3962.64 May/19
South Africa 1737.21 May/19
South Korea 4168.00 Jun/19
Spain -1605300.00 Apr/19
Switzerland 1654.00 May/19
Turkey -1837.83 May/19
United Kingdom -2324.00 May/19
United States -55520.00 May/19


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