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Special Report: Livestock exports from northern ports in the Horn of Africa

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  • Livestock export volumes and prices for export quality livestock through northern routes in the Horn of Africa are following normal seasonal patterns. Export volumes for the Hajj from northern ports were very high this year despite livestock losses due to drought.

  • Now that the Hajj is complete, livestock prices and demand from the northern ports will decline.

  • Livestock prices are relatively flat compared to food price inflation over the past year.

  • Livestock exports from Berbera and Bosasso have fully recovered from the Saudi export ban (lifted in 2009), but this has caused a significant decrease in sheep and goat exports through Djibouti.