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

South Africa trade surplus decreased to ZAR 5.94 billion in August of 2017 from an upwardly revised 9.33 billion surplus in July, but beating market expectations of a ZAR 3.2 billion surplus. Exports increased 11 percent while imports advanced at a faster 16.3 percent. Considering the January to August period, exports increased 5.8 percent and imports decreased 2.1 percent, shifting the country's trade balance into a ZAR 43.5 billion surplus from a ZAR 13.7 billion gap in the same period of 2016. Balance of Trade in South Africa averaged 55.36 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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South Africa Trade Surplus Narrows in August


South Africa trade surplus decreased to ZAR 5.94 billion in August of 2017 from an upwardly revised 9.33 billion surplus in July, but beating market expectations of a ZAR 3.2 billion surplus. Exports increased 11 percent while imports advanced at a faster 16.3 percent. Considering the January to August period, exports increased 5.8 percent and imports decreased 2.1 percent, shifting the country's trade balance into a ZAR 43.5 billion surplus from a ZAR 13.7 billion gap in the same period of 2016.

Compared with the previous month, exports increased to ZAR 103.4 billion from ZAR 93.1 billion, led by higher shipments of mineral products (21 percent); precious metals and stones (20 percent); base metals (12 percent); machinery and electronics (12 percent) while those of vehicles and transport equipment fell 17 percent. Major destinations for sales were China (9.9 percent); the US (8.1 percent); Germany (6.8 percent); Japan (4.7 percent) and Botswana (4.6 percent).

Imports advanced to ZAR 97.4 billion from ZAR 83.8 billion, due to higher purchases of mineral products (65 percent); prepared foodstuffs (36 percent); textiles (27 percent); original equipment components (29 percent) and machinery and electronics (11 percent). Imports came mostly from China (21.3 percent of total imports); Germany (14.1 percent); the US (7.8 percent); India (5.6 percent) and Saudi Arabia (5.2 percent).

Excluding trade with neighboring Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia and Swaziland, the country posted a trade deficit of ZAR 1.9 billion in August compared to a ZAR 2.6 billion surplus in July.

South African Revenue Service |Luisa Carvalho | luisa.carvalho@tradingeconomics.com
9/29/2017 1:44:11 PM



Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2017-07-31 12:00 PM Balance of Trade ZAR 10.67B ZAR 7.22B ZAR 8.4B ZAR 8B
2017-08-31 12:00 PM Balance of Trade ZAR 8.99B ZAR 10.56B ZAR 5.8B ZAR 9B
2017-09-29 12:00 PM Balance of Trade ZAR5.94B ZAR9.33B ZAR 3.2B ZAR 2.5B
2017-10-31 12:00 PM Balance of Trade ZAR5.94B
2017-11-30 12:00 PM Balance of Trade
2017-12-29 12:00 PM Balance of Trade


South Africa Trade Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Balance of Trade 5940.60 9330.50 18730.94 -23426.17 ZAR Million [+]
Exports 103377.00 93094.40 105163.26 55.80 ZAR Million [+]
Imports 97436.10 84108.80 110258.82 66.10 ZAR Million [+]
Current Account -110457.00 -91499.00 15627.00 -241786.00 ZAR Million [+]
Current Account to GDP -3.30 -4.40 6.00 -7.50 percent [+]
External Debt 158533.00 152793.00 158533.00 33262.00 USD Million [+]
Tourist Arrivals 1347125.00 1155058.00 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 59.00 61.00 235.00 1.00 USD Million [+]
Crude Oil Production 2.00 2.00 58.00 2.00 BBL/D/1K [+]
Foreign Direct Investment 1830.00 1868.00 2089.00 1.00 ZAR Billion [+]

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South Africa Balance of Trade

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 October of 2017.

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
5940.60 9330.50 18730.94 -23426.17 1957 - 2017 ZAR Million Monthly




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