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Burundi Exports

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Export Portal is your best channel to find Burundi Products, Burundi Manufacturers, Burundi Suppliers or Burundi exporters. It is noteworthy that Burundi's main exports represent cottoncoffee and tea. These three products make up 97 percent of Burundian exports. A good share of Burundi's exports are being shipped to the European Union. Within the EU Germany, Belgium and Switzerland are the country's biggest markets. Burundi's export earnings rests chiefly on international coffee and tea proces as well as weather conditions.

East Africa has endless potential and possibilities to produce and export outstanding coffee. First and foremest, it is a birthplace of this delicios nectar we drink day after day. In the hills of Burundi, farmers grow their coffee crop. Coffee in Burundi is more than just a drink; it is a valuable commodity contributing to the developing of the agrarian-based nation. Export Portal offers you a unique opportunity to source Burundi coffee, as well as contact Burundi Coffee Manufacturers and Buyers.

Tea industry is the second largest crop after coffee. Tea makes up 16% of the nation's exports and is consequently a major source of foreign exchange. The main part of Burundi's tea comes from village plantations and it is harvested throughout the year. Among the vallies of mountains and thermal springs, Burundi tea plantations exhibit a very beautiful landscape. Now you can buy the very finest Burundi tea online at the best prices on Export Portal. 

Burundi Imports

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The main sector of Burundi's economy is agriculture, which comprises 54 percent of the country's GDP. More than three quarters of the labour force is engaged in farming, cultivating cotton, corn, bananas, tea and coffee. The remaining part is involved in Burundi's major industries: food processing, manufacture of essential consumer goods and assembly of imported components.

Trade occupied 50.9% of Burundi’s GDP in the period between 2006-2008, as reported by the World Trade Organization. In this context, it is worth mentioning that Burundi is the 191st largest export economy in the world and the 195th largest importer. Also, Burundi's GDP growth is expected to rise from 4,7 to 5 percent in 2016 as a result of the implemented projects in the mining and energy domains.

At present Burundi isn't self-sufficient in food-production, which lead to an increase of imports. Most imported goods come from EU, Saudi Arabia, Belgium, China, India, Kenya, Uganda, which are Burundi's main trading partners.

Burundi major imports are: food (wheat, rice, dried vegetables, soybeans), fuel, construction materials, pharmaceutical products, electrical and electronic equipment, vehicles.

Customs requirements of Burundi

Burundi Customs Contacts



Address: 19 Bis Avenue de l'Industrie B.P. 75, Bujumbura

Telephone: +257 2224 3334


The Republic of Burundi is situated in East Africa. It is a landlocked country bordered by Tanzania, Congo and Rwanda. Burundi's capital and largest city is Bujumbura. The country is a member of the East African Community and World Trade Organization.



Being a member of EAC, Burundi shares the same customs tariffs and trade regulations applied by this organization. Burundi applies the EAC common external tariffs on the cost, insurance and freight (c.i.f.) value of imports.

Additional taxes

Burundi has an 18-percent VAT applied on the cost, insurance and freight value plus duty, for the vast majority of products.

Product certification, labelling and packaging

To import goods in Burundi a Certificate of Conformity is needed. It is a document issued to prove the conformity of the products to the relevant approved standards, and for customs clearance.  Importers who do not have a CoC may be issued a penalty of 15% of CIF. The Certificate of Conformity is issued by the appointed government agency responsible for ensuring product quality standards (Burundi Bureau of Standards and Quality Control). The BBN may not allow some goods to be imported into Burundi if they have been rejected by the other EAC members.

Burundi applies international standards on labelling and packaging and does not have any specific requirements on this point.


Documents for import/export

Export documents:

  • certificate of conformity
  • certificate of origin
  • commercial invoice
  • export declaration
  • export license
  • NIF (fiscal identification number)
  • transit document

Import documents:

  • certificate of conformity
  • certificate of origin
  • commercial invoice
  • electronic cargo tracking note
  • gate pass
  • import declaration
  • import license
  • packing list
  • tax NIF
  • transit document


A detailed list of tariffs per product can be found here: