Imports in South Africa decreased to 110229.99 ZAR Million in April from 115517.17 ZAR Million in March of 2021, on fewer purchases of machinery & electronics (-7.6 percent); chemicals (-19.4 percent); and original equipment components (-17.4 percent). Imports from Asia, the most relevant origin of imports, fell 10.6 percent. source: South African Revenue Service

Imports in South Africa averaged 21739.92 ZAR Million from 1957 until 2021, reaching an all time high of 125881.11 ZAR Million in October of 2018 and a record low of 66.10 ZAR Million in September of 1961. 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 - values, historical data and charts - was last updated on June of 2021.

Imports in South Africa is expected to be 108000.00 ZAR Million by the end of this quarter, according to Trading Economics global macro models and analysts expectations. Looking forward, we estimate Imports in South Africa to stand at 97000.00 in 12 months time. In the long-term, the South Africa Imports is projected to trend around 100000.00 ZAR Million in 2022 and 98700.00 ZAR Million in 2023, according to our econometric models.

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South Africa Imports

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
110229.99 115517.17 125881.11 66.10 1957 - 2021 ZAR Million Monthly


South Africa Imports
South Africa main imports are: machinery (23.5 percent of total imports), mineral products (15.1 percent), vehicles and aircraft vessels (10 percent), chemicals (10.9 percent), equipment components (8.1 percent) and iron and steel products (5.3 percent). Main trading partners are: China (18.3 percent), Germany (11.5 percent), United States (6.6 percent), India (4.7 percent), Saudi Arabia (4.6 percent) and Japan (3.4 percent). Others include: the UK, Thailand, Italy and France.
South Africa Imports by Category Last Previous
Iron & Steel 2099833.01 2193268.69 ZAR THO Apr/21
Mineral Products 17761.24 15284.14 ZAR Million Apr/21
Chemical & Allied Industries Products 11746.72 14494.53 ZAR Million Apr/21
Base Metals & Base Metal Articles 6350.00 6872.54 ZAR Million Apr/21
Plastic & Rubber Articles 5296.94 5519.24 ZAR Million Apr/21
Wood Pulp Paper & Paper Products 3375.58 3517.03 ZAR Million Apr/21
Textiles & Textile Products 3102.00 3918.98 ZAR Million Apr/21
Prepared Foodstuffs Beverages & Tobacco 3079.84 2989.21 ZAR Million Apr/21
Vegetable Products 2164.96 3069.09 ZAR Million Apr/21
Live Animals & Animal Products 1422.43 1434.65 ZAR Million Apr/21
Miscellaneous Manufactured Goods 1410.42 1602.36 ZAR Million Apr/21
Semi-precious Stones & Jewellery 1327.19 464.09 ZAR Million Apr/21
Animal & Vegitable Fats & Oils 1221.20 1026.09 ZAR Million Apr/21
Wood & Wood Products 355.23 348.96 ZAR Million Apr/21
Raw Hides Skins Leather & Furskins 201.41 242.57 ZAR Million Apr/21
Works of Art & Antiques 7.92 16.10 ZAR Million Apr/21

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