NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya’s exports to the East African
Community have declined significantly as Uganda loses
its spot as the second major destination of goods from
the main destination of exports from Kenya, was
overtaken by Pakistan in 2017, official government data
from the statistics bureau released on Monday shows.
the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS), the
country once again has now been beaten by the
Netherlands to the third spot as at May.
In the first
five months, according to the KNBS, the country exported
to Pakistan goods worth 271 million U.S. dollars, up
from 248 million dollars in a similar period in 2017.
The bulk of
the exports were done in January and February, where
goods worth 79 million dollars and 68 million dollars
were exported to the Asian nation.
exports to Pakistan its world-acclaimed tea, with the
nation being the country’s leading market for the
beverage. Pakistan controls more than a quarter of the
tea traded at the Mombasa auction.
Kenya also exports spices, tobacco, textile fibre,
powder milk, soda ash and fresh fruits to Pakistan.
Netherlands, the East African nation exported goods
worth 216 million dollars, pushing Uganda to the third
spot for the first time. Kenya exports to the European
nation consists mainly cut flowers and have risen from
190 million dollars during a similar period in 2017,
according to KNBS.
during the five months imported from Kenya goods worth
213 million dollars, a decline from 219 million dollars
in a similar period last year.
World Bank report noted that Uganda and Tanzania are
losing out as top destinations of Kenya’s goods due to
cheap imports from Asia.
Tanzania in the five months stood at 105 million
dollars, a slight rise from 81 million dollars in 2017.
Tanzania was initially Kenya’s second major export