Botswana recorded a trade deficit of 1212.20 BWP Million in April of 2020.

Balance of Trade in Botswana averaged -199.71 BWP Million from 2005 until 2020, reaching an all time high of 4102.21 BWP Million in March of 2007 and a record low of -6683 BWP Million in July of 2012. This page provides the latest reported value for - Botswana Balance of Trade - plus previous releases, historical high and low, short-term forecast and long-term prediction, economic calendar, survey consensus and news. Botswana Balance of Trade - data, historical chart, forecasts and calendar of releases - was last updated on July of 2020. source: Central Statistics Office, Botswana

Balance of Trade in Botswana is expected to be -1670.00 BWP Million by the end of this quarter, according to Trading Economics global macro models and analysts expectations. Looking forward, we estimate Balance of Trade in Botswana to stand at 1200.00 in 12 months time. In the long-term, the Botswana Balance of Trade is projected to trend around 1100.00 BWP Million in 2021, according to our econometric models.

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Botswana Balance of Trade

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
-1212.20 -1911.20 4102.21 -6683.00 2005 - 2020 BWP Million Monthly
Current Prices, NSA


Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2020-04-02 03:15 PM Jan BWP 334M BWP -481M BWP -1300M
2020-05-29 02:30 PM Feb BWP -2220M BWP 334M BWP -2000M
2020-05-29 02:30 PM Mar BWP -1671M BWP -2220M BWP -700M
2020-06-26 03:00 PM Apr BWP -1212M BWP -1911M BWP -2100M
2020-07-24 11:00 AM May BWP -1212M BWP -1700M
2020-08-24 11:00 AM Jun BWP 450M
2020-09-25 11:00 AM Jul
2020-10-26 11:00 AM Aug


News Stream
Botswana Posts 1st Trade Surplus in 7 Months
Botswana posted a trade surplus of BWP 333.6 million in January of 2020, higher than that recorded a year ago of BWP 130.5 million. This was the first trade surplus since June of last year, as exports soared 8.2 percent to BWP 5,179 million, mainly boosted by sales of diamonds (7 percent) and machinery & electrical equipment (130 percent). Meanwhile, imports rose 4 percent to BWP 4,845 million, driven by acquisitions of fuel (75.2 percent); machinery & electrical equipment (21.2 percent) and food, beverages & tobacco (15.8 percent). Main export partners were India (27.8 percent of total sales), Belgium (18.5 percent) and South Africa (16.1 percent) whereas the main import partners were South Africa (75.5 percent of total purchases) and Canada and India (4 percent each).
2020-04-02
Botswana Trade Balance Swings to Deficit in December
Botswana trade balance shifted to a gap of BWP 460.4 million in December of 2019 compared to a surplus of BWP of 2,611.8 million in the same month of the previous year. Exports slumped 20.1 percent to BWP 5,772.9 million, mainly reflecting declines in shipments of diamonds (-20 percent) and meat & meat products (-81.4 percent). In contrast, imports climbed 35.2 percent to BWP 6,233.2 million, boosted by purchases of diamonds (332 percent); food, beverages & tobacco (65.2 percent) and fuel (39.4 percent). Major export partners were India (30.8 percent of total sales) and Belgium (20 percent) whereas main import partners were South Africa (64.4 percent of total acquisitions) and Belgium (6.7 percent). In 2019, the country's trade balance swang to a shortfall of BWP 14,283.4 million compared to a surplus of BWP 2,647 million a year ago.
2020-02-26
Botswana Trade Gap Widens Sharply in November
Botswana trade deficit rose to BWP 2,684 million in November 2019 from BWP 1,266 million in the previous year. Exports plummeted 27 percent to BWP 4,550 million, mainly due to lower shipments of diamonds (-26.2 percent) and salt & soda ash (-58.9 percent). Main export partners were India (28.2 percent of total exports), Belgium (23.9 percent), the UAE (23.4 percent) and South Africa (7.5 percent). Meantime, imports fell at a softer 3.5 percent, as reduced purchases of diamonds (-19.7 percent) and fuel (-23.7 percent) were partly offset by a notable rise in those of vehicles & transport equipment (88.2 percent). Main import partners were South Africa (54.7 percent of total imports), Namibia (12.9 percent) and France (7.6 percent).
2020-01-31
Botswana Trade Gap Widens Sharply in October
Botswana trade deficit rose to BWP 3,425 million in October 2019 from BWP 1,326 million in the same month of the previous year. Exports plunged 65.2 percent to BWP 2,162 million, the lowest value since December 2012, due to lower shipments of diamonds (-68.7 percent); vehicles & transport equipment (-79.3 percent) and machinery & electrical equipment (-36.5 percent). Imports fell at a softer 25.9 percent to BWP 5,587 million, mainly dragged down by reduced acquisitions of diamonds (-53.5 percent); fuel (-22.2 percent) and machinery & electrical equipment (-13 percent).
2019-12-20

Botswana Balance of Trade
Botswana exports mostly diamonds (more than 60% of total exports), copper and nickel, beef and textiles. Botswana's main exports partners are United Kingdom (56% of total exports), South Africa, Israel and Belgium. Botswana imports fuel, food, beverages and tobacco, machinery and electric equipment, chemical and rubber products and vehicles. Its main imports partners are South Africa (75% of total imports), China, Israel, Namibia and Zimbabwe.