Imports to South Africa jumped 8.0 percent month-over-month to ZAR 116.65 billion in September of 2018 from ZAR 107.99 billion in August, boosted by higher purchases of mineral products (75 percent) and machinery and electronics (5 percent). On the other hand, imports dropped for original equipment components (-12 percent); vehicles and transport equipment (-8 percent) and chemical products (-5 percent). The most important import partners were: China (17.7 percent of total imports), Germany (9.8 percent), Saudi Arabia (9.2 percent), the US (6.2 percent) and Nigeria (4.5 percent). Imports in South Africa averaged 17809.86 ZAR Million from 1957 until 2018, 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 -2950.00 8769.00 18730.94 -27100.00 ZAR Million [+]
Exports 113694.50 116758.70 116758.70 55.80 ZAR Million [+]
Imports 116647.00 107989.50 116647.00 66.10 ZAR Million [+]
Current Account -163760.00 -219401.00 15627.00 -246452.00 ZAR Million [+]
Current Account to GDP -2.50 -2.80 6.00 -7.50 percent [+]
External Debt 170811.00 183239.00 183239.00 33262.00 USD Million [+]
Tourist Arrivals 1331118.00 1303293.00 1598893.00 37430.00 [+]
Gold Reserves 125.30 125.30 183.51 123.48 Tonnes [+]
Terrorism Index 4.09 3.53 4.23 0.22 [+]
Weapons Sales 74.00 65.00 235.00 1.00 USD Million [+]
Crude Oil Production 2.00 2.00 58.00 2.00 BBL/D/1K [+]
Foreign Direct Investment 1863.00 1961.00 2101.00 1.00 ZAR Billion [+]

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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. 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 November of 2018.

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
116647.00 107989.50 116647.00 66.10 1957 - 2018 ZAR Million Monthly




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