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

South Africa posted a trade deficit of ZAR 1.1 billion in November 2016 compared to a downwardly revised ZAR 3.91 billion deficit in October, while missing market expectations of a ZAR -0.75 billion gap. Exports rose 12.8 percent, boosted by higher sales of mineral products and precious metals and stones and imports increased by 9.2 percent, as purchases rose mainly for vehicles and transport equipment and mineral products. Balance of Trade in South Africa averaged -20.23 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.

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Calendar GMT Reference Actual Previous Consensus Forecast (i)
2016-10-31 12:00 PM Sep ZAR 6.7B ZAR -8.96B ZAR -1.1B ZAR -2.3B
2016-11-30 12:00 PM Oct ZAR-4.4B ZAR 6.9B ZAR -10.5B ZAR -9.5B
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 -1.1B
2017-02-28 12:00 PM Jan
2017-03-31 12:00 PM Feb




South Africa Trade Deficit Narrows in November


South Africa posted a trade deficit of ZAR 1.1 billion in November 2016 compared to a downwardly revised ZAR 3.91 billion deficit in October, while missing market expectations of a ZAR -0.75 billion gap. Exports rose 12.8 percent, boosted by higher sales of mineral products and precious metals and stones and imports increased by 9.2 percent, as purchases rose mainly for vehicles and transport equipment and mineral products.

Exports jumped to ZAR 99.6 billion, boosted by higher sales of vegetable products (+20 percent), precious metals and stones (+20 percent), base metals (+11 percent), vehicles and transport equipment (+7 percent) and chemical products (+12 percent). Major destinations for exports were China (11.6 percent of total exports), the US (8.6 percent), Germany (7.8 percent), Namibia (5.7 percent) and Botswana (5.5 percent).

Imports rose to ZAR 100.7 billion, as purchases went up for vehicles and transport equipment (+57 percent), mineral products (+20 percent), machinery and electronics (+7 percent) and prepared foodstuffs (+23 percent). Meanwhile imports fell for equipment components (-25 percent). The main sources of imports to the country were China (19.5 percent of total imports), Germany (11.7 percent), the US (7.2 percent), France (6 percent) and Saudi Arabia (4.9 percent).

Considering the first eleven months of 2016, the trade deficit shrank to ZAR 14.61 billion compared to ZAR 59.28 billion the same period a year earlier, as exports went up 5.8 percent and imports grew at a much slower 1 percent.

Excluding trade with neighboring Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia and Swaziland, the country posted a trade gap of ZAR 10.71 billion in November. 


South African Revenue Service | Deborah Neves | deborah.neves@tradingeconomics.com
12/29/2016 12:59:40 PM



South Africa Trade Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Balance of Trade -1091.85 -3914.01 18730.94 -23426.17 ZAR Million [+]
Exports 99638.03 88325.08 105163.26 55.80 ZAR Million [+]
Imports 100729.88 92239.09 110258.82 66.10 ZAR Million [+]
Current Account -175774.00 -122720.00 15627.00 -241786.00 ZAR Million [+]
Current Account to GDP -4.40 -5.40 6.00 -7.50 percent [+]
External Debt 141530.00 132434.00 145082.00 33262.00 USD Million [+]
Tourist Arrivals 1269749.00 1273734.00 1558854.00 37430.00 [+]
Gold Reserves 125.25 125.22 183.51 123.48 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 January of 2017.

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
-1091.85 -3914.01 18730.94 -23426.17 1957 - 2016 ZAR Million Monthly



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