Exports rose to ZAR 87.8 billion mainly driven by higher sales of vehicles & transport equipment (79 percent), machinery & electronics (25 percent), base metals (10 percent), plastics & rubber (33 percent) and prepared foodstuff (17 percent). Major destinations for exports were China (8.6 percent of total exports), Germany (7.9 percent), the US (6.7 percent), Japan (5.7 percent) and India (4.6 percent).
Imports declined to 82.6 billion, as purchases went down for: machinery & electronics (-18 percent), chemical products (-10 percent), plastic & rubber (-22 percent), base metals (-15 percent), vegetable products (-25 percent) and vehicles & transport equipment (-6 percent). Imports came mainly from China (18.3 percent of total imports), Germany (11.8 percent), the US (6.4 percent), Saudi Arabia (5.5 percent) and India (4.9 percent).
Excluding trade with neighboring Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia and Swaziland, the country posted a trade gap of ZAR 1.2 billion in February.