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Doing business in Mozambique: Mozambique trade and export guide

Mozambique export overview

Mozambique is a member of the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) and has a population of approximately 24 million.

Contact a UKTI Mozambique export adviser for a free consultation if you are interested in exporting to Mozambique.

Several UK companies operate in Mozambique including Barclays, AON, Deloitte, PwC, ERM, Diageo, Associated British Foods, Gemfields, Baobab, and Aggreko.

Strengths of the Mozambique market include:

  • High Gross Domestic Product ( GDP) growth rate, low inflation and a relatively stable currency
  • Vast mineral and hydrocarbon deposits attracting large amounts of Foreign Direct Investment ( FDI)
  • Geographically well positioned to export to Asian markets
  • UK-Mozambique High-Level Prosperity Partnership

Challenges doing business in Mozambique

The most significant challenges UK businesses face in Mozambique are:

  • Bureaucracy, pervasive influence of the political elites and widespread corruption
  • Poor infrastructure, resulting in higher logistical costs
  • skills and education shortage coupled with tightening work permit regime
  • Portuguese as the official language
  • Legal system is based on Portuguese civil law

You should ensure you take the necessary steps to comply with the requirements of the UK Bribery Act.

Growth Potential

FDI and government spending in major infrastructure projects are the main causes of growth. According to the World Bank, in 2013 Mozambique was the second biggest recipient of FDI in Africa with almost USD 6.7 billion. The most dynamic economic sectors are:

  • Extractives
  • Financial services
  • Construction
  • Transport and communication

UK and Mozambique trade

UK bilateral trade with Mozambique is growing rapidly. Bilateral trade in visible goods increased by 14% in 2013 to over £150 million.

UK export of goods to Mozambique was worth £45 million. UK FDI in Mozambique at the end of 2013 totalled USD 1.2 million.

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