Senegal: Exporter Guide
For calendar year (CY) 2019, the U.S. exported $6 million of food and agricultural products to Senegal. Food preparations and miscellaneous beverages currently represent the largest share of U.S. food and agricultural product exports to Senegal, accounting for 30 percent in CY 2019. According to the World Bank, Senegal is one of the strongest economies in West Africa, with an annual gross domestic product (GDP) growth rate of over six percent from 2014-2018 and 5.2 percent in 2019. Although representing a small segment of the total population, a growing middle- to upper-class consumer base is slowly changing its buying habits and food preferences, leading to increased demand for high-value imported foods. The COVID-19 pandemic led to short-lived panic buying followed by months of depressed demand for all but essential food items due to a pandemic-induced slump in economic activity. However, demand for imported food has since reportedly returned to normal, apart from the hotel and restaurant sector.