LONDON – Trade between Zimbabwe and the United Kingdom has been on the decline over the past three years dropping from a peak of £461 million in 2018 to £126 million last year, the lowest in a decade.
British Minister of State for International Trade Penny Mordaunt told Parliament that Zimbabwean companies enjoyed duty-free and quota-free exports for products including blueberries, peas, and tea.
The United Kingdom was at one time Zimbabwe’s second-largest trading partner after South Africa but it is now 138th.
Trade between the two countries rose from £239 million in 2016 to £407 in 2017 and on to £461 before dropping to £205 in 2019 and £199 in 2020.
According to the UK Department of International Trade, the five top exports to Zimbabwe were:
- Road vehicles
- Specialised machines
- Office machines
- Live animals
The top five imports from Zimbabwe were:
- Vegetables and fruits
- Coffee, tea, and cocoa
- Works of art
- Metal ores and scrap