South Africa Trade

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Overall Exports and Imports

Exports (in US$ Mil) 121,321
No. Of products 4,449
No. Of partners 216
Imports (in US$ Mil) 93,440
No. Of products 4,462
No. Of partners 233

Trade Indicator

HH Market concentration index0.07
Index of export market penetration13.79
World Growth12.59
Country Growth20.06

Service Indicators 2021

Service imports (BoP, current US$)13,578,933,334.75
Service exports (BoP, current US$)9,109,430,628.25
Imports of goods and services (% of GDP)25.02
Exports of goods and services (% of GDP)31.19

South Africa top 5 Export and Import partners

Market Trade (US$ Mil) Partner share(%)
China13,571 11.19
United States12,974 10.69
Germany9,374 7.73
Japan8,227 6.78
United Kingdom8,177 6.74
Exporter Trade (US$ Mil) Partner share(%)
China19,227 20.58
Germany7,545 8.07
United States6,576 7.04
India5,348 5.72
Saudi Arabia4,102 4.39

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 materials35,947 29.63 9,501 10.17 1.58
Intermediate goods52,354 43.15 19,764 21.15 2.13
Consumer goods18,568 15.30 32,335 34.61 9.52
Capital goods14,260 11.75 24,346 26.06 1.97

Top 5 Products exports imports at HS 6 digit level

Rhodium unwrought or ...8,778,861.80
Gold in oth semi-man ...7,307,540.00
Agglomerated iron or ...6,138,035.96
Bituminous coal, not ...5,815,477.99
Palladium unwrought ...4,075,275.32
Petroleum oils, etc, ...8,383,514.89
Petroleum oils and o ...5,418,839.54
Transmission apparat ...2,715,481.91
New stamps; stamp-im ...1,645,117.86
Other medicaments of ...1,640,344.51

Tariff and Trade Barriers for South Africa

Tariffs 2021

No. Of Tariff Agreement 11
Simple Average (%) 7.16
Duty Free Imports (US$ Thousand) 41,731,960.16
Maximum Rate (%) 221.19
Weighted Average (%) 4.46
Duty Free Tariff Lines Share (%) 64.72

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)

2021 WDI »
GDP (current US$ Mil)419,016
GNI per capita, Atlas method (current US$)6,530.00
Trade Balance (current US$ Mil)25,852.00
Trade Balance (% of GDP)6.17

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