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Trade in Central African Republic

The Central African Republic was the world’s 151st largest exporter of goods in 2021. Export values were $133  million USD. The Central African Republic’s top export category was manufactures, followed by agricultural products, and fuels and mining products. In 2018, The Central African Republic’s main export destination markets for goods and services trade were to France, the United Arab Emirates and Cameroon, with trade representing 49.52 per cent of GDP. In terms of imports, The Central African Republic is the world’s 154th largest importer of goods. Import values were $451 million USD in 2021. The Central African Republic’s top import category was manufactures, followed by fuels and mining products and agricultural products. Leading import partners were France, China and Cameroon. The Central African Republic is part of 1 Regional Trade Agreement,  Economic and Monetary Community of Central Africa (CEMAC).
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General Information

This section includes general information on the economy, legal system, official languages and links to additional demographic information.

Official Name

Central African Republic





WTO Membership Date

31 May 1995

Legal System

civil law system based on the French model


French, Sango

Number of Time Zone(s)


Additional Information

Financial Information

This section includes financial information such as the currency, exchange rate lookup and local banks issuing trade finance.


Central African CFA franc

Exchange Rate

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Contact Information

This section includes contact information for business support organizations and national resources.

Government MSME Agency

  • Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Small and Medium Enterprises


Copyright Offices

  • Central African Copyright Office

  • Ministry of Arts, Culture and Tourism (BUCADA)

Industrial Property Offices

  • Direction de la propriété industrielle; Direction générale de l’industrie du développement industriel

  • Ministère de l'industrie, du commerce et des PMEs

SPS Enquiry Points

Sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) enquiry points are government agencies designated to answer questions about trade requirements.
  • Monsieur Romain Serge SANA
    Chef de Service des Normes et Qualité
    Ministère du Commerce et de l'Industrie
    Phone: +(236) 7505 8498

    BP 1988

    [email protected]

TBT Enquiry Points

Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) enquiry points are government agencies designated to answer questions about trade requirements.
  • Direction de la Concurrence et de la Répression des Fraudes Economiques
    Phone: +(236) 61 30 69; +(236) 61 07 69


Additional Information

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Last Reviewed: June, 2023

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