Asia and EU dominate Botswana’s exports in May

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Workers unload bags of rice on January 19, 2011 at the Port of Abidjan where 80% of Ivory Coast's exports transit. EU-registered ships have been barred from dealing with Ivory Coast's main cocoa ports in line with sanctions over the nation's controversial November presidential poll. The European Union last weekend slapped sanctions on outcast incumbent leader Laurent Gbagbo and 84 of his associates, as well as 11 economic entities in the world's top cocoa producer. AFP PHOTO/ ISSOUF SANOGO (Photo credit should read ISSOUF SANOGO/AFP/Getty Images)
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Statistics Botswana’s latest International Merchandise Trade Statistics released on Monday indicate that the country exported mainly to Asia.

According to the data authority, exports destined to Asia, the European Union (EU) and Southern Africa Customs Union (SACU) accounted for 60.2 percent, 25.4 percent and 10.6 percent of the monthly total, respectively.

The authority further highlighted that during the month under review, diamonds were the main export commodity group with a contribution of 87.5 percent to total exports while machinery and electrical equipment contributed 2.9 percent.

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) and India were among the major destinations in Asia, according to Statistician General, Burton Mguni. Enditem

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