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Trade in Rwanda

Rwanda was the world’s 130th largest exporter of goods and 119th largest exporter of commercial services in 2021. Export values were $1,531 and $347 million USD respectively. Rwanda’s top export category was agricultural products, followed by manufactures, and fuels and mining products. In 2019, Rwanda’s main export destination markets for goods and services trade were to the Democratic Republic of Congo, the United Arab Emirates and Uganda, with trade representing 55.13 per cent of GDP. In terms of imports, Rwanda’s import values were $2,895 and $612 million USD respectively in 2021. Rwanda’s top import category was manufactures, followed by agricultural products and fuels and mining products. Leading import partners were China, India and Kenya. Rwanda is part of 2 different Regional Trade Agreements, such as Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA).
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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

Republic of Rwanda





WTO Membership Date

22 May 1996

Legal System

mixed legal system of civil law, based on German and Belgian models, and customary law; judicial review of legislative acts in the Supreme Court


Kinyarwanda, French, English, Swahili

Number of Time Zone(s)


Additional Information

Financial Information

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Rwandan franc

Exchange Rate

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Contact Information

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

Business Support Organizations

Copyright Offices

  • Office of the Registrar General

  • Rwanda Development Board (RDB)

Industrial Property Offices

  • Office of the Registrar General

  • Rwanda Development Board (RDB)

SPS Enquiry Points

Sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) enquiry points are government agencies designated to answer questions about trade requirements.
  • Dr GAFARASI Mapendo Isidore

    Enquiry Point on Animal Health

    Directorate of Veterinary Services

    Rwanda Animal Resources Development Authority

    Phone: +(250)0850 3589


    P.O. Box 804

    [email protected]
  • Mr KATABARWA Joseph

    Enquiry Point on Food Safety

    Directorate of Planning, Policy and Capacity Building

    Ministry of Health

    Phone: +(250) 577 458


    P.O. Box 84

    [email protected]
  • Mrs NAMBAZIMANA Alphonsine
    National Enquiry Point on Plant Health
    Directorate of Agriculture and Livestock Inspection and Certification Services
    Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources
    Rwanda Agriculture Development Authority
    Phone: +(250) 788 84 62 95

    P.O. Box 621

    [email protected]

TBT Enquiry Points

Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) enquiry points are government agencies designated to answer questions about trade requirements.
  • Ms. MUKAMUNANA Alphonsine

    Ministry of Health

    Department of Environmental Health Desk

    Phone: +(250) 788673500

  • Ms. Beatrice UWUMUKIZA

    Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources

    WTO/Plant Health Enquiry Point

    Phone: +(250) 788 84 84 10

    [email protected], [email protected]
  • Mr. Johnny Uwimana Hassan

    WTO/TBT Enquiry point

    Rwanda Standards Board

    Phone: Hotline: 3250; +(250) 788636510


    KK 15 Rd, 49


    [email protected], [email protected]
  • Mr. James D. TAYEBWA

    WTO Notification Officer

    Ministry of Trade and Industry

    Department of Trade and Investment

    Phone: +(250) 788 636 406



    [email protected], [email protected]
  • Dr. Isidore Gafarasi Mapendo
    Director of Veterinary and Laboratory Services
    Rwanda Agriculture Board (RAB)
    Animal Health Enquiry Point
    Phone: +(250) 788503589

    [email protected], [email protected]

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Links to other helpful resources

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National Tariff Finder

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Last Reviewed: June, 2023

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