Sometimes you just want a simple answer without having to dig through a database of thousands of tariff lines – after all, how many of us know what the Harmonized System of product classification is or how to find the product we’re looking for?
(The Harmonized System, used by more than 200 countries, is a common way to identify traded products for the purpose of assessing customs tariffs and to collect trade statistics. Tariff lines are more detailed product codes used at the national level.)
The result? You can quickly find out that about 32 percent of Sub-Saharan Africa’s exports stay in the region, and that Europe and Central Asia are Sub-Saharan Africa’s next largest regional trading partners.
Andrea Durkin is the Editor-in-Chief of TradeVistas and Founder of Sparkplug, LLC. She is a nonresident Senior Fellow at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and an adjunct fellow with CSIS. Ms. Durkin previously served as a U.S. Government trade negotiator and has proudly taught International Trade for the last fourteen years as an Adjunct Associate Professor at Georgetown University’s Master of Science in Foreign Service program.