Mali recorded a trade deficit of 243 CFA Franc Billion in the first quarter of 2019. Balance of Trade in Mali averaged -124.53 CFA Franc Billion from 2001 until 2019, reaching an all time high of 34.36 CFA Franc Billion in the first quarter of 2016 and a record low of -356.64 CFA Franc Billion in the fourth quarter of 2017.

Balance of Trade in Mali is expected to be -272.58 CFA Franc Billion by the end of this quarter, according to Trading Economics global macro models and analysts expectations. Looking forward, we estimate Balance of Trade in Mali to stand at -268.16 in 12 months time. In the long-term, the Mali Balance of Trade is projected to trend around -262.37 CFA Franc Billion in 2020, according to our econometric models.


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Mali Balance of Trade

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
-243.00 -204.63 34.36 -356.64 2001 - 2019 CFA Franc Billion Quarterly


Mali Balance of Trade
Mali’s systemic trade deficit is mainly due to its import dependency. Furthermore, Mali’s exports are vulnerable to price fluctuations and weather conditions. Mali exports mostly gold (72 percent of total exports) and cotton (10 percent). Mali is a net importer of oil and capital equipment. Main trading partners are: Senegal, Ivory Coast and Burkina Faso.

Mali Trade Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Balance of Trade -243.00 -204.63 34.36 -356.64 CFA Franc Billion [+]
Current Account -467.40 -704.30 -47.94 -704.30 XOF Billion [+]
Current Account to GDP -6.50 -6.00 0.51 -15.96 percent [+]
Imports 684.94 540.04 823.65 116.00 CFA Franc Billion [+]
Exports 441.94 335.41 522.47 69.40 CFA Franc Billion [+]
Terrorism Index 6.65 6.02 6.65 0.00 [+]