Annual International Trade Statistics
Publication date: 2019-05-19
Reporting period: 2002 - 2018
Timeseries: 164 million
Source:UN Comtrade
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South Africa | Imports and Exports | World | ALL COMMODITIES | Value (US$) | 2007 - 2018

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Commodities Reporter Partner Trade flow Indicator 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
TOTAL. ALL COMMODITIES South Africa World Exports Value (US$) 64 026 608 364.00 73 965 545 962.00 53 863 891 902.00 82 625 556 546.00 107 946 318 215.00 98 872 227 592.00 95 111 531 389.00 90 612 104 198.00 80 265 368 195.00 74 110 816 972.00 88 267 959 727.00 93 569 804 061.00
Imports Value (US$) 79 872 587 204.00 87 593 067 645.00 63 766 057 981.00 82 948 718 452.00 102 698 695 914.00 104 144 311 439.00 103 441 284 305.00 99 892 737 880.00 85 509 769 906.00 74 744 010 293.00 83 030 756 599.00 92 578 515 722.00

The value of total merchandise exports from South Africa totalled $ 93 billion in 2018. Merchandise exports from South Africa increased by 6% compared to 2017. Goods exports grew up by $ 5.3 billion in 2018 (the value of merchandise exports from South Africa amounted to $88 billion in 2017)

South Africa's exports 2018 by country

Top export destinations of commodities from South Africa in 2018:

  • China with a share of 9.12% (8.54 billion US$)
  • Germany with a share of 7.16% (6.7 billion US$)
  • USA with a share of 6.79% (6.35 billion US$)
  • Areas, nes with a share of 6.32% (5.91 billion US$)
  • United Kingdom with a share of 5.14% (4.81 billion US$)
  • Japan with a share of 4.78% (4.47 billion US$)
  • India with a share of 4.72% (4.42 billion US$)
  • Botswana with a share of 4.34% (4.06 billion US$)
  • Namibia with a share of 3.8% (3.55 billion US$)
  • Mozambique with a share of 3.43% (3.21 billion US$)

Exports structure from South Africa in 2018 represented by the following commodity groups:

  • 17.2% (16.1 billion US$): 71 - Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones, precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin
  • 12.4% (11.6 billion US$): 26 - Ores, slag and ash
  • 11.6% (10.8 billion US$): 87 - Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof
  • 10.6% (9.93 billion US$): 27 - Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes
  • 6.71% (6.28 billion US$): 72 - Iron and steel
  • 6.19% (5.79 billion US$): 84 - Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof
  • 3.92% (3.67 billion US$): 08 - Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons
  • 2.16% (2.02 billion US$): 76 - Aluminum and articles thereof
  • 1.92% (1.8 billion US$): 85 - Electrical machinery and equipment and parts thereof; sound recorders and reproducers, television image and sound recorders and reproducers, and parts and accessories of such articles
  • 1.54% (1.44 billion US$): 39 - Plastics and articles thereof

What did South Africa export in 2018?

South Africa's Top Exports in 2018:

  • 8.37% ($7.83 billion): 7110 - Platinum, unwrought or in semi-manufactured forms, or in powder form.
  • 6.61% ($6.19 billion): 2701 - Coal; briquettes, ovoids and similar solid fuels manufactured from coal.
  • 6.57% ($6.14 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.
  • 5.77% ($5.4 billion): 7108 - Gold (including gold plated with platinum) unwrought or in semi-manufactured forms, or in powder form.
  • 4.55% ($4.26 billion): 2601 - Iron ores and concentrates, including roasted iron pyrites.
  • 4.02% ($3.76 billion): 7202 - Ferro-alloys.
  • 3.74% ($3.5 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.
  • 3.71% ($3.47 billion): 8704 - Motor vehicles for the transport of goods.
  • 2.81% ($2.63 billion): 2710 - Petroleum oils and oils obtained from bituminous minerals, other than crude; preparations not elsewhere specified or included, containing by weight 70 % or more of petroleum oils or of oils obtained from bituminous minerals, these oils being the basic constituents of the preparations; waste oils.
  • 2.29% ($2.14 billion): 7102 - Diamonds, whether or not worked, but not mounted or set.

The value of total merchandise imports to South Africa totalled $ 92 billion in 2018. Merchandise imports to South Africa increased by 11.4% compared to 2017. Goods imports grew up by $ 9.54 billion in 2018 (the value of merchandise imports to South Africa was equal to $83 billion in 2017)

South Africa's imports 2018 by country

Top trading partners (import sources) of South Africa in 2018:

  • China with a share of 18.4% (17 billion US$)
  • Germany with a share of 9.84% (9.11 billion US$)
  • USA with a share of 5.97% (5.53 billion US$)
  • Saudi Arabia with a share of 5.84% (5.4 billion US$)
  • India with a share of 4.15% (3.84 billion US$)
  • Nigeria with a share of 4.14% (3.83 billion US$)
  • Thailand with a share of 3.13% (2.9 billion US$)
  • United Kingdom with a share of 3.11% (2.88 billion US$)
  • Japan with a share of 3.08% (2.85 billion US$)
  • Italy with a share of 2.76% (2.56 billion US$)

Imports structure to South Africa in 2018 represented by the following commodity groups:

  • 18.5% (17.1 billion US$): 27 - Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes
  • 12.4% (11.5 billion US$): 84 - Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof
  • 9.25% (8.56 billion US$): 85 - Electrical machinery and equipment and parts thereof; sound recorders and reproducers, television image and sound recorders and reproducers, and parts and accessories of such articles
  • 8.11% (7.51 billion US$): 99 - Commodities not specified according to kind
  • 7.59% (7.03 billion US$): 87 - Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof
  • 3.05% (2.83 billion US$): 39 - Plastics and articles thereof
  • 2.66% (2.47 billion US$): 30 - Pharmaceutical products
  • 2.44% (2.26 billion US$): 90 - Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof
  • 1.81% (1.68 billion US$): 38 - Miscellaneous chemical products
  • 1.68% (1.56 billion US$): 29 - Organic chemicals

What did South Africa import in 2018?

South Africa's Top Imports in 2018:

  • 11.8% ($10.9 billion): 2709 - Petroleum oils and oils obtained from bituminous minerals, crude.
  • 4.88% ($4.52 billion): 2710 - Petroleum oils and oils obtained from bituminous minerals, other than crude; preparations not elsewhere specified or included, containing by weight 70 % or more of petroleum oils or of oils obtained from bituminous minerals, these oils being the basic constituents of the preparations; waste oils.
  • 4.2% ($3.89 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.
  • 3.34% ($3.09 billion): 8525 - Transmission apparatus for radio-telephony, radio-telegraphy, radio-broadcasting or television, whether or not incorporating reception apparatus or sound recording or reproducing apparatus; television cameras; still image video cameras and other video camera recorders; digital cameras.
  • 2.25% ($2.08 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.
  • 2.07% ($1.91 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.
  • 1.64% ($1.52 billion): 8708 - Parts and accessories of the motor vehicles of headings 87.01 to 87.05.
  • 1.06% ($986 million): 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.
  • 0.908% ($840 million): 8704 - Motor vehicles for the transport of goods.

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South Africa | Imports and Exports | World | ALL COMMODITIES | Value (US$) | 2007 - 2018