CAIRO – 3 February 2020: Egypt's non-oil exports recorded $25.49 billion during 2019, compared to $25.14 billion during 2018, recent data from the General Organization for Export and Import Control (GOEIC) revealed Monday.
As per December, non-petroleum exports reached $2.126 billion, according to GOEIC Chairman Ismail Gaber.
Gaber said that Egypt's food exports increased to $283 million in December, compared to $251 million during the same month in 2018.
He added that exports of construction materials witnessed a rise during December 2019, reaching $492 million, up from $473 million in the same month of the previous year.
As per non-petroleum imports, Gaber stated that they declined in December 2019 by 18 percent, registering $5.292 billion, compared to $6.473 billion during the same period the prior year.
"The downturn in imports was reported in 12 sectors, topped by leather and agricultural products which dropped by 28 and 24 percent respectively," he added.
He added that medical and furniture imports also dipped by 22 and 21 percent respectively.
GOEIC said earlier that Egypt’s non-petroleum exports registered $13.037 billion in the first half of 2019.