South Africa Balance of Trade  1957-2017 | Data | Chart | Calendar

South Africa posted a trade deficit of ZAR 10.81 billion in January of 2017 compared to an upwardly revised ZAR 12.41 billion surplus in December and below market forecasts of a ZAR 16 billion deficit. Imports jumped 12.5 percent, mainly due to higher purchases of equipment components and machinery & electronics. Exports went down at a faster 14 percent, due to lower sales of vehicles & transport equipment and mineral products. Balance of Trade in South Africa averaged -18.60 ZAR Million from 1957 until 2017, 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.

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Calendar GMT Reference Actual Previous Consensus Forecast (i)
2016-12-29 12:00 PM Nov ZAR -1.1B ZAR -3.9B ZAR -0.75B ZAR -1B
2017-01-31 12:00 PM Dec ZAR 12.04B ZAR -1.68B ZAR 6B ZAR 3.5B
2017-02-28 12:00 PM Jan ZAR -10.81B ZAR 12.41B ZAR-16B ZAR -13B
2017-03-31 11:00 AM Feb ZAR -10.81B ZAR 1B
2017-04-28 11:00 AM Mar
2017-05-31 11:00 AM Apr




South Africa Trade Balance Swings To Deficit in January


South Africa posted a trade deficit of ZAR 10.81 billion in January of 2017 compared to an upwardly revised ZAR 12.41 billion surplus in December and below market forecasts of a ZAR 16 billion deficit. Imports jumped 12.5 percent, mainly due to higher purchases of equipment components and machinery & electronics. Exports went down at a faster 14 percent, due to lower sales of vehicles & transport equipment and mineral products.

Imports rose to ZAR 91.4 billion, as purchases rebounded for: equipment components (149 percent), machinery & electronics (12 percent), base metals (48 percent), chemical products (21 percent), plastic & rubber (41 percent) and textiles (53 percent). Meanwhile, vehicles & transport equipment (-34 percent) and mineral products imports (-12 percent) went down. Imports came mainly from China (19.9 percent of total imports), Germany (11.6 percent), the US (5.4 percent) Saudi Arabia (4.7 percent) and India (4.1 percent). 

Exports declined to ZAR 80.6 billion mainly driven by lower sales of vehicles & transport equipment (-32 percent), mineral products (-10 percent), machinery & electronics (-25 percent), precious metals & stones (-7 percent), prepare foodstuff (-27 percent), chemical products (-12 percent) and base metals (-6 percent). Major destinations for exports were China (12 percent of total exports), the US (6.5 percent), Germany (6.4 percent), Japan (4.6 percent) and Botswana (4.4 percent).

Excluding trade with neighboring Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia and Swaziland, the country posted a trade gap of ZAR 17.6 billion in January. 

South African Revenue Service | Deborah Neves | deborah.neves@tradingeconomics.com
2/28/2017 12:46:37 PM



South Africa Trade Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Balance of Trade -10811.59 12405.03 18730.94 -23426.17 ZAR Million [+]
Exports 80588.63 93673.78 105163.26 55.80 ZAR Million [+]
Imports 91400.22 81268.75 110258.82 66.10 ZAR Million [+]
Current Account -76438.00 -165718.00 15627.00 -241786.00 ZAR Million [+]
Current Account to GDP -3.30 -4.40 6.00 -7.50 percent [+]
External Debt 141530.00 132434.00 145082.00 33262.00 USD Million [+]
Tourist Arrivals 1554048.00 1294020.00 1558854.00 37430.00 [+]
Gold Reserves 125.25 125.25 183.51 123.48 Tonnes [+]
Terrorism Index 3.53 4.23 4.23 0.22 [+]
Weapons Sales 39.00 59.00 235.00 1.00 USD Million [+]
Crude Oil Production 2.00 2.00 58.00 2.00 BBL/D/1K [+]
Foreign Direct Investment 1958.00 1961.00 2089.00 1.00 ZAR Billion [+]



South Africa Balance of Trade Notes

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 March of 2017.

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
-10811.59 12405.03 18730.94 -23426.17 1957 - 2017 ZAR Million Monthly



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