CAIRO, Jan. 19 (Xinhua) -- Egypt's non-petroleum exports have reached 32.128 billion U.S. dollars, up from 25.427 billion dollars in 2020, the Ministry of Trade and Industry said in a statement on Wednesday.
"Egypt's exports to the EU countries during 2021 reached 9.153 billion dollars, compared to 5.881 billion dollars in the previous year," the statement said.
Egyptian exports to Africa, excluding Arab states, rose by 28 percent, it said, adding that the United States was the biggest importer of Egyptian commodities in 2021 at 2.446 billion dollars, followed by Saudi Arabia, Italy and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
Some 13 sectors have achieved increasing rates, including leather products, paper and books, engineering and electronic commodities, fertilizers and petrochemicals.
"The unprecedented positive indications in 2021 are attributed to the increasing international high demand on the Egyptian products and the government's efforts for boosting the exportation and productive sectors amid the spread of the COVID-19," the statement said.