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Trade in Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone was the world’s 152nd largest exporter of goods and 169th largest exporter of commercial services in 2022. Export values were $1.12 billion and $37 million USD respectively. Sierra Leone’s top export category was Fuels and mining products, followed by Agricultural products, and Manufactures. In 2022, Sierra Leone’s main export destination markets for goods and services trade were to China, Korea, Republic of and Netherlands, with trade representing 88.09 per cent of GDP. In terms of imports, Sierra Leone is the world’s 169th largest importer of goods and 159th largest importer of commercial services. Import values were $1.97 billion and $331 million USD respectively in 2022. Sierra Leone’s top import category was Manufactures, followed by Agricultural products and Machinery and transport equipment. Leading import partners were China, United Arab Emirates and Belgium. Sierra Leone is part of 1 different Regional Trade Agreements, including Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).
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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 Sierra Leone





WTO Membership Date

23 July 1995

Legal System

mixed legal system of English common law and customary law



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Financial Information

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Contact Information

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

Business Support Organizations

Government MSME Agency

  • Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency

Industrial Property Offices

  • National Registry for industrial property and copyright

  • Office of the Administrator and Registrar General (OARG)

SPS Enquiry Points

Sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) enquiry points are government agencies designated to answer questions about trade requirements.
  • Mr. James S. Dumbuya
    Sierra Leone Standards Bureau
    Phone: +(232) 78 334 134

    Old SLPMB Building
    Cline Town

    [email protected]

TBT Enquiry Points

Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) enquiry points are government agencies designated to answer questions about trade requirements.
  • Professor Thomas R.B. Yormah
    Director, Sierra Leone Standards Bureau
    Phone: +(232) 76 626488; +(232) 30 230500

    Old SLMPB Building, Cline Town, Freetown, Sierra Leone

    [email protected]

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Last Reviewed: June, 2024

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