South Africa Exports  1957-2017 | Data | Chart | Calendar | Forecast

Exports from South Africa declined 6.1 percent to 93 billion in December of 2016 mainly driven by fell in sales of vehicles & transport equipment (-35 percent), machinery & electronics (-16 percent), precious metals & stones (-6 percent), base metals (-8 percent) and prepare foodstuff (-14 percent). By contrast, sales rose for vegetable products (+34 percent) and mineral products (+15 percent). Major destinations for exports were China (11.5 percent of total exports), Germany (6.1 percent), the US (5.4 percent), Botswana (4.5percent) and Japan (4.5 percent). Exports in South Africa averaged 16036.60 ZAR Million from 1957 until 2016, reaching an all time high of 105163.26 ZAR Million in June of 2016 and a record low of 55.80 ZAR Million in August of 1958.

South Africa Exports
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South Africa Trade Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Balance of Trade 12036.48 -1684.20 18730.94 -23426.17 ZAR Million [+]
Exports 93026.28 99056.99 105163.26 55.80 ZAR Million [+]
Imports 80989.79 10074.12 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 1294020.00 1269749.00 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 Exports by Category Last
Iron & Steel 6172587.04 ZAR THO Sep/16
CMLV 711220.87 ZAR Million Sep/16
Mineral Products 136861.90 ZAR Million Sep/16
Precious Metals 132107.65 ZAR Million Sep/16
Transport Equipment 100441.01 ZAR Million Sep/16
Base Metals 93865.54 ZAR Million Sep/16
Machinery & Mechanical Appliances 63208.25 ZAR Million Sep/16
Vegetable Products 44305.43 ZAR Million Sep/16
Chemical Products 41195.41 ZAR Million Sep/16
Prepared Foodstuffs 26428.14 ZAR Million Sep/16
Mineral Products 17817.38 ZAR Million Sep/16
Precious Metals 17276.81 ZAR Million Sep/16
Pulp of Wood 14952.15 ZAR Million Sep/16
Plastics & Rubber 13423.34 ZAR Million Sep/16
Base Metals & Base Metal Articles 10134.34 ZAR Million Sep/16
Animals 8409.29 ZAR Million Sep/16
Textiles & Textiles Articles 6809.57 ZAR Million Sep/16
Machinery Mechanical & Electrical Appl 6614.27 ZAR Million Sep/16
Precision Instruments 5564.59 ZAR Million Sep/16
Vegetable Products 5166.18 ZAR Million Sep/16

South Africa Exports Notes

In 2015, South Africa exported mostly: mineral products (20.6 percent of total exports, chrome, manganese, vanadium, vermiculite, ilmenite, palladium, rutile and zirconium and coal), precious metals (18 percent, mainly gold, platinum and diamonds), vehicles and aircraft vessels (12.6 percent), iron and steel products (12 percent), machinery (9 percent), chemicals (7.5 percent). Main export partners are: China (9 percent of total exports), the United States (8 percent), Germany (6.5 percent), Botswana (5.1 percent), Namibia (5.1 percent) and Japan (4.9 percent). Others include the UK, India, Belgium and Zambia. This page provides the latest reported value for - South Africa Exports - plus previous releases, historical high and low, short-term forecast and long-term prediction, economic calendar, survey consensus and news. South Africa Exports - actual data, historical chart and calendar of releases - was last updated on February of 2017.

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
93026.28 99056.99 105163.26 55.80 1957 - 2016 ZAR Million Monthly