Angola imported 2.9 million tons of miscellaneous products in the first quarter of this year, a year-on-year rise of 6.87 percent, with China and Portugal continuing as the country’s main trading partners, according to figures from the National Freight Council.
Cement imports rose 17.76 percent and accounted for 22.66 percent of the total amount of goods imported in the first three months of the year, and the National Freight Council said that this was due to continued reconstruction in the company, which began at the end of the civil war in 2002.
Cited by state newspaper Jornal de Angola, the figures showed that China is still Angola’s main trading partner and increased its sales to Angola by 22.4 percent against the same period of last year. China exported 842,000 tons of goods to Angola in the first quarter, compared to 689,000 in the year-ago period.
Portugal was Angola’s second biggest trading partner despite sales dropping by 0.8 percent from 431,000 tons to 427,000 tons in the first three months of the year.
The most notable partner in the first quarter was Greece, which increased its trade with Angola 254-fold and overtook traditional trading partners such Belgium, Spain, South Korea, South Africa, the United States, Turkey, Thailand, France, India and the United Arab Emirates. (macauhub)