By; Our Reporter
Trade between Uganda and South Sudan is gradually improving and getting stronger, according to traders engaged in the cross-border trade.
Before the spate of violence broke out in 2015, South Sudan had emerged as Uganda’s biggest trading partner, with trade volumes worth over 400 million US Dollars, overtaking Kenya and India.
But the value drastically declined to slightly above USD 150 million in 2013 before rising to USD 299.88 Million in 2017, according to the United Nations COMTRADE database on international trade.
Cereals remain the biggest contributor earning USD 70 million during the year 2017, followed by Sugars and sugar confectionery with USD 42.57 million, Milling products, malt, starches and wheat with USD 27.67 million and Animal, vegetable fats and oils which earned USD 21.09 million.
According to Davin Angutia, a travel and goods agent for various traders operating the South-Sudan route, the volumes of both goods and passengers have shot up significantly in the recent two to three months.