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Angola’s largest import in 2009 was cement

Luanda, Angola, 20 July – The list of the 100 products most imported by Angola in 2009 was topped by cement, which accounted for 20.94 percent of all the country’s imports, according to figures from the National Freight Council (CNC) cited by weekly newspaper Semanário Angolense.

After cement, of which 10.5 million tons were imported, granite and other stones for construction were the next product on the list (2.46 percent), ivory and other animal products for carving (2.25 percent), malt beer (2.19 percent) and cane and beet sugar (1.998 percent).

In 2009 around 257,800 tons of granite and other stone were imported, as were around 235,500 tons of ivory and other animal materials for carving, approximately 230,000 hectolitres of malt beer and 200,800 tons of cane and beet sugar.

The port of Luanda was the main destination of Angolan imports in 2009 and was responsible for the entry of around 7.5 million tons, which accounted for 71.43 percent of the total, followed by the ports of Lobito, Namibe and Cabinda.

The port of Luanda also tops the list of container cargo imported that year, accounting for 79.77 percent of a total 558,679 containers, 12,394 of which were refrigerated.

Nova Cimangola heads the list of that year’s 100 biggest importers, accounting for 6.64 percent of the total, followed by the Angola LNG natural gas project (5.58 percent) and the A. Distribuidora company (4.14 percent).

According to the CNC, in that year, the region that provided Angola with the largest quantity of products was Europe, with 33.38 percent of the total, followed by the United States (31.07 percent), Asia (39.16 percent), Africa (6.36 percent) and Oceania (0.02 percent).

The list of the most significant suppliers is topped by China, which provided 26.41 percent, Portugal (14.38 percent), Brazil (8.96 percent), Spain (8,16 percent) and France (5.16 percent). (macauhub)

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