Trade & Economy

Somaliland is a strong trading nation, largely due to its location at the crossroads between Europe, the Middle East and Asia. Key imports of food items include wheat, wheat flour, rice, sugar, cooking oils and legumes, pasta, dates, biscuits and other items, and non-food items imported include building materials, cement, steel, clothes, vehicles and vehicle spare parts, fuel and other manufactured goods.
The main trading destinations from which the most goods are imported include UAE, Ethiopia, Yemen, China, S/Arabia, Turkey, Thailand, Pakistan, India, Kenya, Brazil, Malaysia, EU, America and Japan. The country’s primary exports are livestock sold to Saudi Arabia and other Gulf countries and Somaliland exports to gums (Frankincense), hides and skins.