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Kenyan exports to East Africa decline       

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 country.

Uganda, once the main destination of exports from Kenya, was overtaken by Pakistan in 2017, official government data from the statistics bureau released on Monday shows.

According to 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.

Kenya mainly 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.

Besides tea, Kenya also exports spices, tobacco, textile fibre, powder milk, soda ash and fresh fruits to Pakistan.

To the 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.

Uganda during the five months imported from Kenya goods worth 213 million dollars, a decline from 219 million dollars in a similar period last year.

A recent World Bank report noted that Uganda and Tanzania are losing out as top destinations of Kenya’s goods due to cheap imports from Asia.

Exports to 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 destination. 


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