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

Imports to South Africa rose 12.5 percent year-on-year in January of 2017 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). Imports in South Africa averaged 16124.96 ZAR Million from 1957 until 2017, reaching an all time high of 110258.82 ZAR Million in October of 2014 and a record low of 66.10 ZAR Million in September of 1961.

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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 -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 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 Imports by Category Last
Iron & Steel 1348382.99 ZAR THO Sep/16
CMLV 800439.24 ZAR Million Sep/16
Machinery & Mechanical Appliances 199946.80 ZAR Million Sep/16
Mineral Products 110100.52 ZAR Million Sep/16
Chemical Products 80578.91 ZAR Million Sep/16
Transport Equipment 77098.34 ZAR Million Sep/16
Original Equipment Components 71484.60 ZAR Million Sep/16
Base Metals 44812.52 ZAR Million Sep/16
Plastics & Rubber 35887.82 ZAR Million Sep/16
Textiles & Textiles Articles 29330.76 ZAR Million Sep/16
Vegetable Products 26012.63 ZAR Million Sep/16
Precision Instruments 23748.77 ZAR Million Sep/16
Machinery Mechanical & Electrical Appl 21767.99 ZAR Million Sep/16
Prepared Foodstuffs 21169.22 ZAR Million Sep/16
Miscellaneous Manufactured Articl 14601.74 ZAR Million Sep/16
Pulp of Wood 13021.78 ZAR Million Sep/16
Mineral Products 11413.91 ZAR Million Sep/16
Footwear 11162.72 ZAR Million Sep/16
Articles of Stone 10478.35 ZAR Million Sep/16
Animals 9882.75 ZAR Million Sep/16

South Africa Imports Notes

South Africa main imports are: machinery (25 percent of total imports), mineral products (16 percent), vehicles and aircraft vessels (10.4 percent), chemicals (10.4 percent), vehicle components (7.3 percent) and iron and steel products (5.5 percent). Main trading partners are: China (18 percent), Germany (11 percent), the United States (7 percent), India (5 percent) and Nigeria (4 percent), Saudi Arabia (3 percent). Others include: the United Kingdom, Thailand and Angola. . This page provides the latest reported value for - South Africa Imports - plus previous releases, historical high and low, short-term forecast and long-term prediction, economic calendar, survey consensus and news. South Africa Imports - actual data, historical chart and calendar of releases - was last updated on February of 2017.

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
91400.22 81268.75 110258.82 66.10 1957 - 2017 ZAR Million Monthly