Imports to South Africa climbed 18.9 percent month-over-month to ZAR 101.76 billion in January of 2019, boosted by higher purchases of machinery & electronics (31 percent); original equipment components (79 percent); base metals (74 percent) and textiles (74 percent). In contrast, imports declined for mineral products (-19 percent). The most important import partners were: China (23.1 percent of total purchases), Germany (9.2 percent), the US (5.7 percent), India (4.2 percent) and Saudi Arabia (3.4 percent). Imports in South Africa averaged 18879.76 ZAR Million from 1957 until 2019, reaching an all time high of 125818.64 ZAR Million in October of 2018 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 -13082.76 16695.89 17165.02 -27436.54 ZAR Million [+]
Current Account -110158.00 -180404.00 15627.00 -246452.00 ZAR Million [+]
Current Account to GDP -2.50 -2.80 6.00 -7.50 percent [+]
Imports 101762.02 85614.64 125818.64 66.10 ZAR Million [+]
Exports 88679.26 102310.53 119949.29 55.80 ZAR Million [+]
External Debt 168147.00 170811.00 183239.00 33262.00 USD Million [+]
Tourist Arrivals 1594112.00 1341316.00 1598893.00 37430.00 [+]
Gold Reserves 125.30 125.30 183.51 123.48 Tonnes [+]
Terms Of Trade 102.30 105.00 109.50 42.20 Index Points [+]
Terrorism Index 4.26 4.09 4.26 0.22 [+]
Weapons Sales 74.00 65.00 235.00 1.00 USD Million [+]
Crude Oil Production 1.00 1.00 58.00 1.00 BBL/D/1K [+]
Foreign Direct Investment 1885.00 1863.00 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 March of 2019.

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
101762.02 85614.64 125818.64 66.10 1957 - 2019 ZAR Million Monthly




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