Mauritania’s Tapioca Starch Trade: Insights into Imports and Tariffs

Mauritania, a noteworthy player in the global tapioca starch market, has experienced significant developments in its import activities. In this article, we delve into Mauritania’s tapioca starch trade, focusing on its position as an importer, key sources, and emerging trends. Additionally, we analyze the tariffs imposed on tapioca starch imports, shedding light on the trade policies governing the industry in Mauritania.


In 2021, Mauritania imported tapioca starch worth $71.4k, positioning the country as the 93rd largest importer of this product globally. Tapioca starch ranked as the 1708th most imported commodity in Mauritania during the same year. Mauritania primarily imports tapioca starch from Thailand, amounting to $71.4k.

Mauritania witnessed notable growth in its import market for tapioca starch between 2020 and 2021, with Thailand accounting for the major share of this growth at $30.5k. This surge in imports reflects a rising demand for tapioca starch in Mauritania from Thailand.


In 2018, the average tariff imposed on tapioca starch imports in Mauritania stood at 13%. Angola, Burundi, Benin, Burkina Faso, and Botswana implemented the highest import tariffs on tapioca starch, with a Most Favoured Nation duty rate treatment of 13%. These tariffs highlight the trade policies and protective measures implemented by these countries to regulate the inflow of tapioca starch imports.


Mauritania’s role as an importer of tapioca starch showcases its active engagement in the global market. The country has witnessed notable growth in its import market, primarily sourcing tapioca starch from Thailand. As trade policies and tariffs continue to shape the industry, stakeholders in the tapioca starch trade must remain attuned to evolving market dynamics to capitalize on opportunities and navigate challenges effectively in Mauritania’s dynamic market environment.

Data from BACI