South Africa Trade at a Glance : Most Recent Values

Latest trade data available from various sources.

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South Africa monthly trade data

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Overall Exports and Imports

Exports (in US$ Mil) 88,268
No. Of products 4,461
No. Of partners 223
Imports (in US$ Mil) 83,031
No. Of products 4,452
No. Of partners 229

Trade Indicator

HH Market concentration index0.08
Index of export market penetration10.93
World Growth1.50
Country Growth2.66

Service Indicators 2017

Service imports (BoP, current US$)16,165,151,419.10
Service exports (BoP, current US$)15,761,504,281.25
Imports of goods and services (% of GDP)28.41
Exports of goods and services (% of GDP)29.77

South Africa top 5 Export and Import partners

Market Trade (US$ Mil) Partner share(%)
China8,666 9.82
United States6,620 7.50
Germany5,810 6.58
Unspecified5,465 6.19
Japan4,162 4.72
Exporter Trade (US$ Mil) Partner share(%)
China15,224 18.34
Germany9,555 11.51
United States5,486 6.61
India3,915 4.71
Saudi Arabia3,842 4.63

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 materials26,646 30.19 10,227 12.32 1.51
Intermediate goods30,344 34.38 15,771 18.99 2.01
Consumer goods18,573 21.04 26,222 31.58 10.20
Capital goods11,952 13.54 23,956 28.85 2.00

Top 5 Products exports imports at HS 6 digit level

Bituminous coal, not ...5,542,593.82
Gold in oth semi-man ...4,983,641.94
Agglomerated iron or ...3,215,853.43
Ferro-chromium conta ...3,117,908.75
Diesel powered truck ...2,631,815.22
Petroleum oils and o ...6,416,554.39
Petroleum oils, etc, ...4,446,885.75
Transmission apparat ...2,743,710.80
Other medicaments of ...1,349,793.31
Automobiles with rec ...1,050,435.69

Tariff and Trade Barriers for South Africa

Tariffs 2017

No. Of Tariff Agreement 9
Simple Average (%) 6.67
Duty Free Imports (US$ Thousand) 49,566,100.31
Maximum Rate (%) 282.40
Weighted Average (%) 4.61
Duty Free Tariff Lines Share (%) 66.96

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)

2017 WDI »
GDP (current US$ Mil)348,872
GNI per capita, Atlas method (current US$)5,430.00
Trade Balance (current US$ Mil)4,766.00
Trade Balance (% of GDP)1.37

Doing Business

2018 Doing Business »
Ease of Doing Business Rank82
Trading Across Borders Rank147

Country Policy and Institutional Assessment (CPIA)

CPIA Trade Ratings...

Logistics Performance Index (LPI)

2016 LPI »
LPI Score3.78
LPI Rank20