Approximately 80 percent of Tanzania’s exports are agricultural products: coffee, cotton, sisal, tea, cashew nuts, tobacco, pyrethrum and cloves.
Traditional crops include maize, paddy (rice), sorghum, wheat, beans, cassava, potatoes and sugar cane for home use and domestic market sale. Products that enjoy smaller markets and potential value-added processing, preservation, and canning, are: groundnuts, cowpeas, wine grapes, sunflowers, castor seeds, spices (e.g. cardamoms), sesame seeds, palm oil seeds, copra, cut flowers and fruits and vegetables. Other products are semi-manufactured goods, gold, semi-processed gemstones and clothing.
The Embassy of Tanzania in Sweden has identified the following products which have export potential in the Nordic and Baltic Countries.
Specialized organic such as Cashew nuts, groundnuts, Sesame seeds, Cotton, Coffee, Peper, Lemongrass, Ginger, Clove, Cardamon, Cinamon, Vanilla, Black Pepper, Turmeric, essential oils, Spice, Coconut, Tea, Paprika, Hibiscus, and Certified Organic Fruits
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Many Nordic countries import the entire range of seafood that Tanzania has available for export. Greater sales from chilled fish and prawns could easily be achieved if suppliers are assisted in quality, packaging to meet delivery requirements.
We think there could be an excellent market for Fish Lake, ocean, and crustaceans.
Exotic fruit juices/concentrates, sun-dried fruits, and mangoes in syrup could also enjoy a market in the Nordic countries. Processed food products have an easier time with health regulations.
Apparel and Textiles
Small and medium exporters dealing with textiles could find market opportunities in the Nordic and Baltic Countries. The textile and clothing industry in Tanzania has the potential to become a significant sourcing location for foreign buyers. The Textile Development Unit (TDU) https://tdu.or.tz/ is promoting Tanzania as “the best overall location for making apparel in Africa”.
Tanzania offers a sustainable supply of locally-grown handpicked cotton for Textile and Apparel brands, buyers and manufacturers.