South Africa Imports  1957-2017 | Data | Chart | Calendar | Forecast

Imports to South Africa went down 3.4 percent month-on-month to ZAR 86.7 billion in April of 2017, as purchases went down for: optical photographic products (-26 percent); original equipment components (17 percent); vegetables (-22 percent) and chemicals (-4 percent). In contrast, imports of vehicles & transport equipment rose 4 percent. Imports came mainly from China (17.3 percent of total imports), Germany (10.5 percent), the US (6.3 percent), Saudi Arabia (5.9 percent) and India (5 percent). Imports in South Africa averaged 16541.43 ZAR Million from 1957 until 2017, 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 5083.17 11283.50 18730.94 -23426.17 ZAR Million [+]
Exports 91777.60 101064.00 105163.26 55.80 ZAR Million [+]
Imports 86694.40 89780.60 110258.82 66.10 ZAR Million [+]
Current Account -91499.00 -76438.00 15627.00 -241786.00 ZAR Million [+]
Current Account to GDP -3.30 -4.40 6.00 -7.50 percent [+]
External Debt 142833.00 141530.00 145082.00 33262.00 USD Million [+]
Tourist Arrivals 1258642.00 1180301.00 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 1873.00 1958.00 2089.00 1.00 ZAR Billion [+]

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South Africa Imports Notes

South Africa main imports are: machinery (25 percent of total imports), mineral products (16 percent), vehicles and aircraft vessels (10.4 percent), chemicals (10.4 percent), vehicle components (7.3 percent) and iron and steel products (5.5 percent). Main trading partners are: China (18 percent), Germany (11 percent), the United States (7 percent), India (5 percent) and Nigeria (4 percent), Saudi Arabia (3 percent). Others include: the United Kingdom, Thailand and Angola. . 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 June of 2017.

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
86694.40 89780.60 110258.82 66.10 1957 - 2017 ZAR Million Monthly