Overview of the Chemical Industry in Zimbabwe and How to Buy Chemicals?

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Brief Introduction of Zimbabwe

  • The capital of Zimbabwe is Harare
  • It has a population of 14,645,468 million
  • The total area is 390,757 km2
  • The official language of Zimbabwe is English
  • The currency is Zimbabwean Dollar (ZWD)

Economic Statistics of Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe is the 13th largest economy in Africa and 37th in the world. It has a GDP of $21.441 billion.

Economy Breakdown

  • Agriculture 8.3%
  • Industry 20.64%
  • Services 61.28%

Main Industries of Zimbabwe

The largest industries of Zimbabwe are:

  • Mining
  • Steel
  • Wood products
  • Cement
  • Chemicals
  • Fertilizer
  • Clothing and footwear
  • Foods and beverages

Zimbabwe’s Main Import Partners

  • South Africa 40.8%
  • Singapore 22.9%
  • China 8.43%
  • India 3.18%
  • United Arab Emirates 2.66%

Zimbabwe’s Main Export Partners

  • United Arab Emirates 40.3%
  • South Africa 23%
  • Mozambique 8.74%
  • China 3.88%
  • Belgium 2.5%

Chemical Use in Zimbabwe


Given the economic growth of Zimbabwe, it is an attractive country for the chemical trade. Zimbabwe’s chemical industry is diverse and includes chemicals for:

  • Mining
  • Agriculture
  • Foods and Beverages

Agriculture in Zimbabwe


Mining is the biggest industry of Zimbabwe. The efficiency and effectiveness of the mining industry is largely dependent upon chemicals. The right chemicals are very important for mining because they ensure effective extraction, processing, and refining of minerals.


In the agricultural industry chemicals are widely used for better production. Chemicals such as fertilisers are used for soil enrichment. For the protection and preservation of crops, chemical pesticides are used to prevent the destruction of crops by insects or other such organisms. Other chemicals are used to improve the quality and quantity of the yield.

Foods and Beverages

In the food and beverage industries, chemicals are extensively used. They are used in the brewing processes to produce beverages. They are used as preservatives of food and beverages. Chemicals are also used to add artificial flavouring and colouring to foods and beverages.

Seaports and Trading Hubs of the Country


Zimbabwe is a landlocked country. Therefore, it has no seaports. For international trading, Zimbabwe uses the seaports of South Africa and Mozambique. From these seaports the goods are transported to Zimbabwe by land.  

The main seaports are:

  • Durban Port
  • Beira

Durban Port, South Africa used by Zimbabwe for trade.

For importing the goods, Camachem uses the largest port, the Durban Port.

What Chemicals does Zimbabwe Import?


According to the latest trade data, Zimbabwe imported around $85.7 million in inorganic chemicals and $32.25 million in organic chemicals. They include chemicals such as:

Sodium Cyanide is one of the key chemicals that we export to Zimbabwe.

Sodium Laureth Sulfate is one of the key chemicals that we export to Zimbabwe.

Titanium Dioxide is one of the key chemicals that we export to Zimbabwe.

What Regulations are there on Importing Chemicals to the Country?


Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (ZIMRA) is responsible for controlling imports and exports. Goods can be imported or exported only under a relevant permit or license. Required documents are:

  • A permit from the Environmental Management Agency (if the substance to be imported is hazardous).
  • An import license from the Ministry of Industry and Commerce.
  • Relevant invoices.
  • Certificates of origin.

Why should Zimbabwe Import Chemicals?


Availability – The local chemical industry produces a limited quantity and some customers require bulk chemical delivery in an efficient manner. It is in high demand by various leading industries. Due to the increase in the demand of chemicals, it is necessary for Zimbabwe to import them in order to cater to the needs of the country.

High Chemical Cost – Due to the domestic competition and high costs of production, chemicals are more expensive to buy locally than they are in the world market. Due to the high demand, Zimbabwe spent about $726 million on the import of chemicals.

Chemical Quality – While a majority of international chemical suppliers have good company reputations and quality assurance, some small local manufacturers can have varying chemical quality. Furthermore, local chemical suppliers do not have good reputations. Therefore, in order to get quality products that meet customers’ high standards, internationally renowned  suppliers are the best option.

Where can I Buy Chemicals for Zimbabwe?


Camachem has been exporting chemicals to clients in Zimbabwe. If you are looking to import chemicals in bulk and achieve cost-savings, then look no further because Camachem provides superior quality products at reasonable costs. Feel free to contact us at [email protected] or WhatsApp us at +86-131-2037-9271 for a FREE quote.

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