Market Size and Access

Ethiopia has a large population and thus potentially one of the largest domestic markets in Africa. Beyond the domestic market, by virtue of its membership of the Common market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) embracing 19 countries with a population of 400 million, Ethiopia enjoys preferential market access to these countries. Ethiopia’s proximity to the Middle East also offers potential market opportunities.

            The country also qualifies for preferential access to European Union market under the EU’s Everything-But-Arms (EBA) initiative and to USA markets under the African Growth and Opportunities Act (AGOA) and the Generalized System of Preference (GSP). Thus, most Ethiopian products can enter into these markets quota and duty free.

            Furthermore, a broad range of manufactured goods from Ethiopia are entitled to preferential access under the Generalized System of Preference (GSP) in USA, most countries of the EU and other developed countries. No quota restrictions are placed on Ethiopian exports falling under the 4,800 products currently eligible for GSP treatment.