The trade deficit in Cape Verde widened to CVE 5049.6 million in February 2019 from CVE 4122.3 million in the same month a year ago. Imports surged 21.5 percent to CVE 5421.6 million, fuelled by purchases of consumption goods (20.7 percent) and intermediate goods (50.6 percent). Conversely, imports declined for capital goods (-1.2 percent), of which agricultural machinery (-78.7 percent); boats (-43.4 percent); and fuels (-6.1 percent), mostly fuel-oil (-47.3 percent). Meantime, exports rose at a slower 4.5 percent to CVE 372 million, as sales of traditional products grew 10.5 percent, namely frozen fish (675.6 percent) while manufactured ones fell 6.5 percent, of which clothing (-19.4 percent). Balance of Trade in Cape Verde averaged -5056.31 CVE Million from 1999 until 2019, reaching an all time high of -1864.74 CVE Million in February of 2004 and a record low of -27692.99 CVE Million in December of 2002.

Balance of Trade in Cape Verde is expected to be -5781.07 CVE Million by the end of this quarter, according to Trading Economics global macro models and analysts expectations. Looking forward, we estimate Balance of Trade in Cape Verde to stand at -5733.90 in 12 months time. In the long-term, the Cape Verde Balance of Trade is projected to trend around -5712.13 CVE Million in 2020, according to our econometric models.

Cape Verde Balance of Trade
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Cape Verde Trade Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Balance of Trade -5049.60 -6197.60 -1864.74 -27692.99 CVE Million [+]
Current Account -1054.97 -5079.51 1350.56 -11803.10 CVE Million [+]
Current Account to GDP -4.50 -6.40 3.04 -16.20 percent [+]
Imports 5421.60 6526.30 32602.32 2004.13 CVE Million [+]
Exports 372.00 328.70 4909.34 37.30 CVE Million [+]
Remittances 1680.20 1968.20 2161.00 720.30 CVE Million [+]
Tourist Arrivals 212010.00 170166.00 312880.00 71246.00 [+]
Foreign Direct Investment 2113.40 1984.40 8369.50 -488.40 CVE Million [+]
Capital Flows -5779.11 469.01 2534.34 -9432.47 CVE Millions [+]

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Cape Verde Balance of Trade

Cape Verde runs systemic trade deficits due to small export volume. The country’s main exports are fish (75 percent of total exports) and clothing (10 percent). Cape Verde is dependent on imports for fuel, food and machinery. Cape Verde main trading partners are Portugal (10 percent of total exports and 57 percent of imports) and Spain (86 percent of exports and 5 percent of imports). This page provides - Cape Verde Balance of Trade - actual values, historical data, forecast, chart, statistics, economic calendar and news. Cape Verde Balance of Trade - actual data, historical chart and calendar of releases - was last updated on May of 2019.

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
-5049.60 -6197.60 -1864.74 -27692.99 1999 - 2019 CVE Million Monthly

Country Last Previous
Argentina 1183.00 Mar/19
Australia 4949.00 Mar/19
Brazil 6060.00 Apr/19
Canada -3211.20 Mar/19
China 138.39 Apr/19
Euro Area 22532.90 Mar/19
France -5324.00 Mar/19
Germany 22683.00 Mar/19
India -15330.00 Apr/19
Indonesia -2501.90 Apr/19
Italy 4625.00 Mar/19
Japan 528.50 Mar/19
Mexico 1429.00 Mar/19
Netherlands 5330.00 Mar/19
Russia 15537.00 Mar/19
Saudi Arabia 180059.00 Dec/18
Singapore 2782.79 Apr/19
South Africa 5004.63 Mar/19
South Korea 4120.00 Apr/19
Spain -2627773.00 Feb/19
Switzerland 2494.00 Mar/19
Turkey -2136.73 Mar/19
United Kingdom -5408.00 Mar/19
United States -50000.00 Mar/19