Imports to Kenya climbed 9.6% year-on-year to KES 141.3 billion in February 2019, mainly driven by purchases of machinery & transport equipment (57.3%); mineral fuels, lubricants (15.7%); chemicals (3.6%) and beverages & tobacco (5.5%). Conversely, declines were registered for food & live animals (-27.7%); animals & vegetable oils and fats (-37%) and manufactured goods (-3.6%). Imports rose mainly from Germany (51.7%), the UK (13.6%), Japan (7.2%) and South Africa (1.7%) but fell sharply from India (-13.8%), Saudi Arabia (-31.4%) and the US (-12.5%). Imports in Kenya averaged 74197.43 million KES from 1998 until 2019, reaching an all time high of 168020 million KES in May of 2018 and a record low of 13453 million KES in January of 1999.

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Kenya Trade Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Balance of Trade -90352.00 -101821.00 -2175.00 -119463.00 Million KES [+]
Current Account -4240.10 -4176.80 159.86 -5193.30 USD Million [+]
Current Account to GDP -5.20 -5.90 2.20 -12.20 percent [+]
Imports 141273.00 155112.00 168020.00 13453.00 million KES [+]
Exports 50921.00 53290.00 59405.00 9007.00 Million KES [+]
External Debt 2721.60 2707.29 2729.48 361.73 KES Billion [+]
Capital Flows -5491.70 -5878.70 2284.20 -7053.50 USD Million [+]
Remittances 221733.55 199073.65 266186.58 25154.00 USD Thousand [+]
Gold Reserves 0.00 0.02 0.02 0.00 Tonnes [+]
Terms Of Trade 75.00 78.50 100.00 70.00 Index points [+]
Terrorism Index 6.11 6.17 6.66 2.56 [+]
Tourist Arrivals 98045.00 95433.00 143556.00 36970.00 [+]
Foreign Direct Investment 68723.00 49253.00 68723.00 871.00 KES Million [+]

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Kenya Imports

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 Imports - plus previous releases, historical high and low, short-term forecast and long-term prediction, economic calendar, survey consensus and news. Kenya Imports - actual data, historical chart and calendar of releases - was last updated on May of 2019.

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
141273.00 155112.00 168020.00 13453.00 1998 - 2019 million KES Monthly




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