Senegal - Country Commercial Guide
Automobiles and Automotive Parts

This is a best prospect industry sector for this country.  Includes a market overview and trade data.

Last published date: 2020-10-08

Overview

Total imports for automobiles, trucks, vans, automotive parts, and accessories have slightly decreased from $557 million in 2017, to $527 million in 2018 and $520 million in 2019, with second-hand vehicles representing 80 percent of the market.  There is an emerging interest among Senegalese for U.S.-brand vehicles and market opportunities for the supply of spare parts.  There is a small assembly plant for the production of buses and cars supported by Indian, Chinese, and Iranian interests.  The parts are imported in kits and assembled locally.

Leading Sub-Sectors

  • Franchise opportunities in the car servicing sector
  • Spare parts shops specialized in servicing U.S.-made cars is in high demand
  • Service equipment for electronic diagnosis offers opportunities

Opportunities

U.S.-origin second-hand cars (8-year age limit) and spare parts.