Fastest-Growing Ethiopian Export Products

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Four of the fastest-growing Ethiopian export products posted a quadruple digit gain from 2010 to 2014. Many of those top gainers were raw materials although the leading gainer, manmade staple fibers, proved to be an exception.

Overall, Ethiopian exports rose 27.8% over the 5-year period.

Please note that this analysis is at the 2-digit Harmonized Tariff System code level, which is better for looking at trends as opposed to uncovering opportunities at the 8-digit code level.

Fastest-Growing Ethiopian Export Products

Listed below in descending order are the fastest-growing Ethiopian export products. Shown within parentheses is the percentage increase in a product category’s exports from 2010 to 2014.

  1. Manmade staple fibers: Up by 52,000% (US$1,563,000)
  2. Vegetable products: Up by 1,763% ($149,000)
  3. Sulphur, stone, cement: Up by 1,490% ($15,792,000)
  4. Meat and seafood preparations: Up by 1,167% ($38,000)
  5. Paper yarn, woven fabric: Up by 800.0% ($108,000)
  6. Leather, animal gut articles: Up by 672.2% ($4,942,000)
  7. Knit or crochet clothing: Up by 353.7% ($34,821,000)
  8. Furskins and artificial fur: Up by 307.7% ($53,000)
  9. Footwear: Up by 289.0% ($30,971,000)
  10. Plaiting products, basketwork: Up by 268.4% ($70,000)


Yarn and woven fabrics of artificial staple fiber were the major factors behind Ethiopia’s fastest-growing export product category, manmade staple fibers.

Export sales of vegetable plaiting material were the top gainers for the second-place vegetable products category.

Cements, marble and quartz led sulphur, stone and cement to its third-place finish.

Prepared or preserved meat had the top sales increases for Ethiopia’s exported meat and seafood preparations.

Research Sources:
The World Factbook, Field Listing: Exports, Central Intelligence Agency. Accessed on March 26, 2015

Trade Map, International Trade Centre, Accessed on March 26, 2015