Ghana Trade


Ghana: Exports contract at fastest pace in almost four years in December

April 22, 2015

In December, the last month for which data are available, exports fell 23.2% over the same month of the previous year, which was notably below the 19.0% drop tallied in November. December’s print marked the largest decline since January 2010. Imports fell 8.1% annually in December, which was an improvement compared to November’s 15.1% fall.

As a result of the sharp drop in exports, the trade deficit worsened, totaling USD 320 million in December (November: USD 260 million) and was well below the USD 140 billion deficit recorded in the same month of the previous year. The 12-month moving sum of the trade deficit widened from USD 1.3 billion in November to USD 1.5 billion in December.

FocusEconomics Consensus Forecast panelists project that merchandise exports will decline 5.2% in 2015, while imports will fall 2.3%. For 2016, the panel expects exports to increase 9.9% and imports to rise 9.9% also.

Author:, Economist

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Ghana Trade December 2014

Note: 12-month sum of trade balance in USD billion and annual variation of the 12-month sum of exports and imports in %.
Source: Bank of Ghana and FocusEconomics calculations.

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