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East Africa Cross Border Trade

  • Cross Border Trade Report
  • East Africa
  • July 2023
East Africa Cross Border Trade

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  • Key Messages
  • Key Messages
    • The share of maize in East Africa’s cross-border trade declined from 48 to 31 percent between the first (January to March) and second (April to June) quarters of 2023 as supplies tightened amid below-average production.

    • There was increased trade in locally produced rice, and re-exports from Somalia, driven by the ongoing May to August harvest in Tanzania, reduced production but high demand in Uganda because of the ban on production in the wetlands since February 2022.

    • Cross-border trade in East Africa is expected to increase typically in the third quarter due to increased supply from the June to July harvest.

    • Staple food prices followed seasonal patterns across key reference markets in the region but were significantly higher than the average because of high production and transport costs. The prices are expected to remain above average through June 2024.

    Cross Border Trade Reports are periodic documents on trade from country to country or in a region, usually addressing the exchange of food commodities at selected border points.

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