South Africa Trade

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Overall Exports and Imports

Exports (in US$ Mil) 85,227
No. Of products 4,439
No. Of partners 215
Imports (in US$ Mil) 68,943
No. Of products 4,454
No. Of partners 228

Trade Indicator

HH Market concentration index0.06
Index of export market penetration12.52
World Growth-3.91
Country Growth-4.02

Service Indicators 2020

Service imports (BoP, current US$)9,855,835,779.09
Service exports (BoP, current US$)7,527,868,989.40
Imports of goods and services (% of GDP)25.53
Exports of goods and services (% of GDP)30.47

South Africa top 5 Export and Import partners

Market Trade (US$ Mil) Partner share(%)
China9,794 11.49
United States7,131 8.37
Unspecified6,894 8.09
Germany6,399 7.51
United Kingdom4,241 4.98
Exporter Trade (US$ Mil) Partner share(%)
China14,309 20.76
Germany6,294 9.13
United States4,436 6.43
India3,582 5.20
Saudi Arabia2,686 3.90

South Africa Exports and Imports of Product Groups

Product Categories Exports Imports
Export(US$ Mil) Product share(%) Import(US$ Mil) Prod share(%) Weighted Average (%)
Raw materials24,998 29.33 8,127 11.79 1.21
Intermediate goods33,314 39.09 13,778 19.98 1.96
Consumer goods15,744 18.47 22,394 32.48 9.43
Capital goods10,812 12.69 19,514 28.31 1.97

Top 5 Products exports imports at HS 6 digit level

Gold in oth semi-man ...6,717,385.74
Agglomerated iron or ...3,948,820.50
Bituminous coal, not ...3,837,009.56
Palladium unwrought ...2,968,716.77
Rhodium unwrought or ...2,839,661.89
Petroleum oils and o ...5,088,398.64
Petroleum oils, etc, ...3,566,357.09
Transmission apparat ...2,165,415.23
Other medicaments of ...1,480,887.17
New stamps; stamp-im ...1,028,121.93

Tariff and Trade Barriers for South Africa

Tariffs 2020

No. Of Tariff Agreement 9
Simple Average (%) 7.11
Duty Free Imports (US$ Thousand) 41,922,359.75
Maximum Rate (%) 82
Weighted Average (%) 4.40
Duty Free Tariff Lines Share (%) 65.13

Overall Trade Restrictiveness Index (OTRI) 2009

Overall Trade Restrictiveness Index - MFN Tariff (2009)0.06
Overall Trade Restrictiveness Index - Applied Tariff (2009)0.05

Services Service Policy Restrictive Database (SPRD)

Services Trade Restrictions Index - Over All34.50

Non-Tariff Measures (NTM) 2013

No Of NTM Measures (2013)3
No Of NTM Affected Products (HS 6 Digit) (2013)30

Temporary Trade Barriers Database (TTDB) 2013

Temporary Trade Barriers in Effect - Simple Average (2013)0.62
Temporary Trade Barriers in Effect - Weighted Average (2013)0.58

World Development Indicators (WDI)

2020 WDI »
GDP (current US$ Mil)301,924
GNI per capita, Atlas method (current US$)5,410.00
Trade Balance (current US$ Mil)14,904.00
Trade Balance (% of GDP)4.94

Doing Business

2019 Doing Business »
Ease of Doing Business Rank84
Trading Across Borders Rank145

Country Policy and Institutional Assessment (CPIA)

CPIA Trade Ratings...

Logistics Performance Index (LPI)

2016 LPI »
LPI Score3.78
LPI Rank20