Annual International Trade Statistics by Country (HS)
Publication date: 2022-11-14
Reporting period: 2002 - 2021
Timeseries: 194 million
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South Africa | Imports and Exports | World | ALL COMMODITIES | Value (US$) and Value Growth, YoY (%) | 2010 - 2021

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TOTAL. ALL COMMODITIESSouth AfricaWorldExportsValue (US$)82,625,556,546.00107,946,318,215.0098,872,227,592.0095,111,531,389.0090,612,104,198.0080,265,368,195.0075,912,597,473.0088,233,218,989.0093,677,434,344.0089,395,988,333.0085,226,766,450.05122,508,800,114.10
Value Growth, YoY (%)53.3930.64-8.40-3.80-4.73-11.41-5.4216.236.17-4.57-4.6643.74
ImportsValue (US$)82,948,718,452.00102,698,695,914.00104,144,311,439.00103,441,284,305.0099,892,737,880.0085,509,769,906.0075,149,135,298.0083,086,880,674.0092,636,961,890.0088,037,490,927.0068,943,156,587.8493,498,185,672.51
Value Growth, YoY (%)30.0823.801.40-0.67-3.43-14.39-12.1110.5611.49-4.96-21.6835.61

The value of merchandise exports from South Africa totalled $ 122 billion in 2021. Merchandise exports from South Africa increased by 43% compared to 2020. Goods exports grew up by $ 37 billion in 2021 (the value of merchandise exports from South Africa amounted to $85 billion in 2020)

South Africa's exports 2021 by country

Top export destinations of commodities from South Africa in 2021:

  • China with a share of 11.3% (13.8 billion US$)
  • USA with a share of 10.6% (12.9 billion US$)
  • Germany with a share of 7.66% (9.38 billion US$)
  • Japan with a share of 6.72% (8.24 billion US$)
  • United Kingdom with a share of 6.68% (8.18 billion US$)
  • Areas, nes with a share of 6.15% (7.53 billion US$)
  • Botswana with a share of 3.58% (4.39 billion US$)
  • Mozambique with a share of 3.54% (4.34 billion US$)
  • India with a share of 3.49% (4.28 billion US$)
  • Netherlands with a share of 3.4% (4.17 billion US$)

Exports structure from South Africa in 2021 represented by the following main commodity groups:

  • 27% (33 billion US$): 71 - Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones, precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin
  • 15.1% (18.5 billion US$): 26 - Ores, slag and ash
  • 8.72% (10.6 billion US$): 87 - Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof
  • 8.41% (10.3 billion US$): 27 - Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes
  • 5.41% (6.63 billion US$): 84 - Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof
  • 5.16% (6.33 billion US$): 72 - Iron and steel
  • 3.61% (4.42 billion US$): 08 - Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons
  • 1.71% (2.1 billion US$): 38 - Miscellaneous chemical products
  • 1.53% (1.88 billion US$): 76 - Aluminum and articles thereof
  • 1.39% (1.7 billion US$): 85 - Electrical machinery and equipment and parts thereof; sound recorders and reproducers, television image and sound recorders and reproducers, and parts and accessories of such articles

What did South Africa export in 2021?

South Africa's Top Exports in 2021:

  • 18.9% ($23 billion): 7110 - Platinum, unwrought or in semi-manufactured forms, or in powder form
  • 8.31% ($10.1 billion): 2601 - Iron ores and concentrates, including roasted iron pyrites
  • 6.07% ($7.44 billion): 7108 - Gold (including gold plated with platinum) unwrought or in semi-manufactured forms, or in powder form
  • 4.96% ($6.08 billion): 2701 - Coal; briquettes, ovoids and similar solid fuels manufactured from coal
  • 4.36% ($5.35 billion): 8703 - Motor cars and other motor vehicles principally designed for the transport of persons (other than those of heading 87.02), including station wagons and racing cars
  • 3.42% ($4.19 billion): 7202 - Ferro-alloys.
  • 3.28% ($4.02 billion): 8704 - Motor vehicles for the transport of goods
  • 2.25% ($2.76 billion): 2602 - Manganese ores and concentrates, including ferruginous manganese ores and concentrates with a manganese content of 20 % or more, calculated on the dry weight
  • 2.11% ($2.59 billion): 8421 - Centrifuges, including centrifugal dryers; filtering or purifying machinery and apparatus, for liquids or gases
  • 1.92% ($2.35 billion): 7102 - Diamonds, whether or not worked, but not mounted or set

The value of merchandise imports to South Africa totalled $ 93 billion in 2021. Merchandise imports to South Africa increased by 35% compared to 2020. Goods imports grew up by $ 24 billion in 2021 (the value of merchandise imports to South Africa was equal to $68 billion in 2020)

South Africa's imports 2021 by country

Top trading partners (import sources) of South Africa in 2021:

  • China with a share of 20% (19.2 billion US$)
  • Germany with a share of 8.16% (7.63 billion US$)
  • USA with a share of 7.04% (6.58 billion US$)
  • India with a share of 5.71% (5.34 billion US$)
  • Saudi Arabia with a share of 4.38% (4.1 billion US$)
  • Thailand with a share of 3.17% (2.97 billion US$)
  • Japan with a share of 2.78% (2.6 billion US$)
  • Italy with a share of 2.75% (2.57 billion US$)
  • Nigeria with a share of 2.39% (2.24 billion US$)
  • France with a share of 2.1% (1.96 billion US$)

Imports structure to South Africa in 2021 represented by the following main commodity groups:

  • 16.5% (15.4 billion US$): 27 - Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes
  • 12% (11.2 billion US$): 84 - Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof
  • 9.21% (8.61 billion US$): 85 - Electrical machinery and equipment and parts thereof; sound recorders and reproducers, television image and sound recorders and reproducers, and parts and accessories of such articles
  • 8.1% (7.57 billion US$): 99 - Commodities not specified according to kind
  • 6.81% (6.36 billion US$): 87 - Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof
  • 3.27% (3.06 billion US$): 30 - Pharmaceutical products
  • 3.12% (2.92 billion US$): 39 - Plastics and articles thereof
  • 2.36% (2.21 billion US$): 90 - Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof
  • 2.1% (1.97 billion US$): 38 - Miscellaneous chemical products
  • 1.95% (1.82 billion US$): 72 - Iron and steel

What did South Africa import in 2021?

South Africa's Top Imports in 2021:

  • 8.91% ($8.33 billion): 2710 - Petroleum oils and oils from bituminous minerals, not crude; preparations n.e.c. containing by weight 70% or more of petroleum oils or oils from bituminous minerals; these being the basic constituents of the preparations; waste oils
  • 5.79% ($5.42 billion): 2709 - Petroleum oils and oils obtained from bituminous minerals, crude
  • 3.39% ($3.17 billion): 8703 - Motor cars and other motor vehicles principally designed for the transport of persons (other than those of heading 87.02), including station wagons and racing cars
  • 3.3% ($3.08 billion): 8517 - Electrical apparatus for line telephony or line telegraphy, including line telephone sets with cordless handsets and telecommunication apparatus for carrier-current line systems or for digital line systems; videophones
  • 2.17% ($2.03 billion): 8471 - Automatic data processing machines and units thereof; magnetic or optical readers, machines for transcribing data onto data media in coded form and machines for processing such data, not elsewhere specified or included
  • 2.14% ($2 billion): 3004 - Medicaments (excluding goods of heading 30.02, 30.05 or 30.06) consisting of mixed or unmixed products for therapeutic or prophylactic uses, put up in measured doses (including those in the form of transdermal administration systems) or in forms or packings for retail sale
  • 1.8% ($1.68 billion): 8708 - Parts and accessories of the motor vehicles of headings 87.01 to 87.05
  • 1.76% ($1.64 billion): 4907 - Unused postage, revenue or similar stamps of current or new issue in the country in which they have, or will have, a recognised face value; stamp-impressed paper; banknotes; cheque forms; stock, share or bond certificates and similar documents of title.
  • 0.951% ($889 million): 3002 - Human blood; animal blood for therapeutic, prophylactic or diagnostic uses; antisera, other blood fractions, immunological products, modified or obtained by biotechnological processes; vaccines, toxins, cultures of micro-organisms (excluding yeasts) etc

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South Africa | Imports and Exports | World | ALL COMMODITIES | Value (US$) and Value Growth, YoY (%) | 2010 - 2021