Import trade (except a few items – you may check our Investment Regulations page) in Ethiopia is exclusively reserved for domestic investors. Engaging in an export business in Ethiopia is a good business venture; export from the country is growing and the government also encourages the sector. Ethiopia’s main export product is coffee; the country is credited to be the birth place of coffee and it has long been its major export product. Not only that, coffee plays a central role in the Ethiopian social fabric.
Ethiopia imports a wide range of goods: from heavy machinery and steel to chewing gum. A large number of Ethiopian businesses are engaged in import activities. Even though the growing manufacturing industries will provide substitutes for some goods, Ethiopia will very likely continue to import most of the goods it’s importing now. Participating in the import trade in Ethiopia may be a good idea for a domestic trader; a foreign exporter also can make use of the growing import to Ethiopia and sell its goods to Ethiopian Importers. Construction machinery and vehicles, steel, chemicals, and recently cement are goods that are imported to Ethiopia in huge quantities.
2Merkato provides a list of Ethiopian importers in different sectors on its Business Directory Page. Therefore, foreign companies that are interested to do business with Ethiopian Importers can communicate via the business directory; those who wish to find agents or representatives to their products in Ethiopia, you can communicate via the Agencies Section in our business directory.