South Africa Balance of Trade  1957-2016 | Data | Chart | Calendar

South Africa posted a trade surplus of 5.22 billion in July of 2016, after a downwardly revised ZAR 12.47 billion surplus in June and below market expectations of ZAR 8.1 billion surplus, as exports fell 9 percent and imports decreased at a slower 2.4 percent. Balance of Trade in South Africa averaged -17.19 ZAR Million from 1957 until 2016, reaching an all time high of 18730.94 ZAR Million in May of 2016 and a record low of -23426.17 ZAR Million in January of 2015. Balance of Trade in South Africa is reported by the South African Revenue Service.

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Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
5223.30 12474.84 18730.94 -23426.17 1957 - 2016 ZAR Million Monthly
In 2015, South Africa recorded the biggest trade deficits with China, Germany, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, Thailand, France, Italy and India and the biggest trade surpluses with Botswana, Namibia, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Belgium and Japan. . This page provides the latest reported value for - South Africa Balance of Trade - plus previous releases, historical high and low, short-term forecast and long-term prediction, economic calendar, survey consensus and news. South Africa Balance of Trade - actual data, historical chart and calendar of releases - was last updated on September of 2016.


Calendar GMT Reference Actual Previous Consensus Forecast (i)
2016-06-30 12:00 PM May ZAR 18.7B ZAR -0.12B ZAR 3.1B -1.5B
2016-07-29 12:00 PM Jun ZAR 12.53B ZAR 18.3B ZAR 7.2B ZAR 8.2B
2016-08-31 12:00 PM Jul ZAR 5.22B ZAR 12.47B ZAR 8.1B ZAR 11B
2016-09-30 12:00 PM Aug ZAR 5.22B ZAR 6.6B
2016-10-31 12:00 PM Sep ZAR -1.9B
2016-11-30 12:00 PM Oct ZAR 1.4B

South Africa Trade Surplus Misses Estimates in July


South Africa posted a trade surplus of 5.22 billion in July of 2016, after a downwardly revised ZAR 12.47 billion surplus in June and below market expectations of ZAR 8.1 billion surplus, as exports fell 9 percent and imports decreased at a slower 2.4 percent.

Exports decreased by ZAR 9.4 billion or 9 percent to ZAR 95.72 billion in July of 2016 from a downwardly revised ZAR 105.16 billion in the previous month, as outbound shipment dropped the most for precious metals and stones (-22 percent); wood pulp & paper (-18 percent); base metals (-11 percent); vegetable products (-9 percent) and mineral product (-3 percent), while sales of vehicles & transport equipment rose (+4 percent). The major export destination were China (8.1 percent of total exports), Germany (7.6 percent), the US (7.4 percent), the Japan (5.1 percent) and Namibia (4.9 percent).

Imports fell by ZAR 2.2 billion or 2.4 percent to ZAR 90.5 billion from a downwardly revised ZAR 92.6 billion in a month earlier, due to decline in equipment components (-10 percent); machinery and electronics (-6 percent) and chemicals (-5 percent). In contrast, imports went up for animal/vegetable fats (+63 percent) and base metals (+9 percent).The main imports partners were China (18.1 percent of total imports), Germany (13 percent), the US (6.1 percent), India (4.8 percent) and Nigeria (4.5 percent).

In the first seven months of 2016, the trade deficit was recorded at ZAR 42.61 billion compared to ZAR 84.86 billion trade gap a year earlier

South African Revenue Service | Mojdeh Kazemi | mojdeh@tradingeconomics.com
8/31/2016 1:38:23 PM

South Africa Trade Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Balance of Trade 5223.30 12474.84 18730.94 -23426.17 ZAR Million [+]
Exports 95726.80 105163.26 105163.26 55.80 ZAR Million [+]
Imports 90503.52 92688.42 110258.82 66.10 ZAR Million [+]
Current Account -211000.00 -191000.00 15627.00 -232546.00 ZAR Million [+]
Current Account to GDP -4.40 -5.40 6.00 -7.50 percent [+]
External Debt 129159.00 124070.00 145082.00 33262.00 USD Million [+]
Tourist Arrivals 1175811.00 1279297.00 1558854.00 37430.00 [+]
Gold Reserves 125.22 125.22 183.51 123.48 Tonnes [+]
Crude Oil Production 3.00 3.00 58.00 2.00 BBL/D/1K [+]
Foreign Direct Investment 2089.00 1942.00 2089.00 1.00 ZAR Billion [+]
Terrorism Index 4.23 3.52 4.23 0.22 [+]
Weapons Sales 39.00 59.00 235.00 1.00 USD Million [+]




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