Kenya’s 2020 exports to the East African Community (EAC) rose by 12.7% to hit $1.44 billion (KSh158.3 billion), an increase from $1.28 billion (KSh140.4 billion) in 2019, accounting for 64.3% of the country’s total exports to Africa.
According to data from the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics’ Economic Survey 2021, Uganda was the largest export destination for Kenyan goods to the EAC, accounting for 29.3% of total exports to Africa. Export earnings from South Sudan rose from $114.6 million in 2019 to $211.1 million in 2020, and exports to Rwanda also rose by 8.8%.
Jointly, exports to Uganda, Rwanda and South Sudan amounted to $1.09 billion in 2020, a 20.8% growth from $909 million in 2019. Trade with Ethiopia and Sudan also grew significantly by 32.4% and 42%, respectively in 2020, bringing Kenya’s export earnings from the two countries to $161 million.
Overall, Kenya’s exports to Africa rose by 9.8% to $2.24 billion, from $2.04 billion in 2019.