Currently, Zimbabwe exports goods worth $1.09 billion (2009 est.). The previous year, this figure was $1.396. Zimbabwe currently exports the following:
Textiles and clothing
Zimbabwe’s biggest export partner is South Africa, which accounts for 32.4% of the exports, followed by the Democratic Republic of Congo at 9.8% and Botswana at 8.8%. China is the fourth largest export destination, with a 5.6% share, while Zambia is at 4.8%, Japan at 4.5% and Italy and the US are at 4.5% and 4.3%, respectively.
Since 2001, Zimbabwe, which was known as a ‘bread basket’, has been forced to import to meet domestic shortfalls. Statistically, Zimbabwe has not had any grain reserves for more than a decade, following the ill-fated eviction of white farmers. Despite predictions by President Mugabe of a return to ‘food self-sufficiency’ in 2010, with a maize output of 2.5 million tons (double that of the previous year), this staple crop of Zimbabwe has been badly hit by drought and currently the country faces total production of just 500.000 tons.