This page displays a table with South Africa Imports By Category in U.S. dollars, according to the United Nations COMTRADE database on international trade.



South Africa Imports By Category Value Year
Mineral fuels, oils, distillation products $9.62B 2020
Machinery, nuclear reactors, boilers $9.06B 2020
Electrical, electronic equipment $7.07B 2020
Commodities not specified according to kind $5.12B 2020
Vehicles other than railway, tramway $4.39B 2020
Pharmaceutical products $2.41B 2020
Plastics $2.04B 2020
Optical, photo, technical, medical apparatus $1.91B 2020
Miscellaneous chemical products $1.67B 2020
Organic chemicals $1.28B 2020
Inorganic chemicals, precious metal compound, isotope $1.19B 2020
Printed books, newspapers, pictures $1.13B 2020
Cereals $1.10B 2020
Pearls, precious stones, metals, coins $1.10B 2020
Rubbers $964.32M 2020
Iron and steel $934.77M 2020
Essential oils, perfumes, cosmetics, toileteries $882.37M 2020
Articles of iron or steel $842.31M 2020
Paper and paperboard, articles of pulp, paper and board $826.01M 2020
Articles of apparel, not knit or crocheted $799.24M 2020
Animal, vegetable fats and oils, cleavage products $719.34M 2020
Articles of apparel, knit or crocheted $698.36M 2020
Other made textile articles, sets, worn clothing $675.31M 2020
Footwear, gaiters and the like, $666.74M 2020
Furniture, lighting signs, prefabricated buildings $519.98M 2020
Copper $517.98M 2020
Fertilizers $515.32M 2020
Aluminum $468.95M 2020
Beverages, spirits and vinegar $434.98M 2020
Meat and edible meat offal $427.25M 2020
Sugars and sugar confectionery $405.03M 2020
Aircraft, spacecraft $400.82M 2020
Tanning, dyeing extracts, tannins, derivatives, pigments $391.37M 2020
Tools, implements, cutlery of base metal $369.81M 2020
Ceramic products $360.88M 2020
Residues, wastes of food industry, animal fodder $358.50M 2020
Miscellaneous edible preparations $347.32M 2020
Toys, games, sports requisites $307.10M 2020
Wood and articles of wood, wood charcoal $293.77M 2020
Soaps, lubricants, waxes, candles, modelling pastes $287.36M 2020
Miscellanneous manufactured articles $246.30M 2020
Albuminoids, modified starches, glues, enzymes $242.20M 2020
Miscellaneous articles of base metal $238.90M 2020
Vegetable, fruit, nut food preparations $217.84M 2020
Fish, crustaceans, molluscs, aquatics invertebrates $216.26M 2020
Coffee, tea, mate and spices $201.95M 2020
Glass and glassware $199.74M 2020
Dairy products, eggs, honey, edible products $187.39M 2020
Stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials $184.06M 2020
Cereal, flour, starch, milk preparations and products $180.48M 2020
Manmade filaments $179.02M 2020
Salt, sulphur, earth, stone, plaster, lime and cement $175.69M 2020
Edible fruits, nuts, peel of citrus fruit, melons $168.53M 2020
Cocoa and cocoa preparations $162.55M 2020
Manmade staple fibers $155.25M 2020
Articles of leather, animal gut, harness, travel good $154.03M 2020
Knitted or crocheted fabric $153.29M 2020
Oil seed, oleagic fruits, grain, seed, fruits $150.34M 2020
Live animals $138.29M 2020
Zinc $124.21M 2020
Meat, fish and seafood preparations $118.02M 2020
Tobacco and manufactures tobacco substitutes $115.11M 2020
Wadding, felt, nonwovens, yarns, twine, cordage $111.08M 2020
Cotton $110.00M 2020
Impregnated, coated or laminated textile fabric $107.84M 2020
Products of animal origin $106.73M 2020
Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers $105.78M 2020
Railway, tramway locomotives, rolling stock, equipment $94.46M 2020
Milling products, malt, starches, inlin, wheat gluten $90.09M 2020
Pulp of wood, fibrous cellulosic material, waste $87.43M 2020
Clocks and watches $70.33M 2020
Wool, animal hair, horsehair yarn and fabric $51.57M 2020
Ships, boats, and other floating structures $50.99M 2020
Bird skin, feathers, artificial flowers, human hair $50.92M 2020
Headgear and $50.03M 2020
Explosives, pyrotechnics, matches, pyrophorics $48.77M 2020
Photographic or cinematographic goods $42.03M 2020
Base metals not specified elsewhere, cermets. $37.04M 2020
Ores slag and ash $33.34M 2020
Special woven or tufted fabric, lace, tapestry $32.15M 2020
Arms and ammunition, parts and accessories $30.40M 2020
Lac, gums, resins $30.18M 2020
Carpets and other textile floor coverings $29.14M 2020
Raw hides and skins (other than furskins) and leather $25.21M 2020
Live trees, plants, bulbs, roots, cut flowers $19.72M 2020
Vegetable textile fibers not specified elsewhere, paper yarn, woven fabric $18.81M 2020
Works of art, collectors' pieces and antiques $17.17M 2020
Lead $14.75M 2020
Musical instruments, parts and accessories $10.77M 2020
Cork and articles of cork $10.32M 2020
Nickel $7.26M 2020
Tin $6.63M 2020
Umbrellas, walking-sticks, seat-sticks, whips $6.18M 2020
Manufacturers of plaiting material, basketwork $3.73M 2020
Vegetable plaiting materials, vegetable products $3.22M 2020
Silk $2.07M 2020
Furskins and artificial fur, manufactures $251.58K 2020




South Africa Trade Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Balance of Trade 24763.88 24230.38 53860.75 -36047.79 ZAR Million [+]
Current Account -86588.00 156742.00 295546.00 -241123.00 ZAR Million [+]
Current Account to GDP 3.70 2.00 6.00 -7.50 percent of GDP [+]
Imports 152468.33 160520.40 160520.40 66.10 ZAR Million [+]
Exports 177232.21 184750.78 185387.76 55.80 ZAR Million [+]
External Debt 173837.00 160513.00 185357.00 33262.00 USD Million [+]
Tourist Arrivals 581375.00 572870.00 1598893.00 29341.00 [+]
Gold Reserves 125.35 125.35 183.51 123.48 Tonnes [+]
Foreign Direct Investment 27192.00 22668.00 557912.00 -13910.00 ZAR Billion [+]
Terms of Trade 117.00 116.60 131.90 42.30 points [+]
Terrorism Index 1.24 1.73 3.68 0.00 [+]
Weapons Sales 37.00 142.00 235.00 0.00 SIPRI TIV Million [+]



South Africa Imports by Category Last Previous
Iron & Steel 2760286.61 2460055.71 ZAR THO Jul/22
Mineral Products 35284.34 42190.73 ZAR Million Jul/22
Chemical & Allied Industries Products 18871.90 17568.38 ZAR Million Jul/22
Base Metals & Base Metal Articles 7934.00 8379.00 ZAR Million Jul/22
Plastic & Rubber Articles 6998.34 6564.81 ZAR Million Jul/22
Wood Pulp Paper & Paper Products 4413.35 4819.36 ZAR Million Jul/22
Textiles & Textile Products 4336.57 4227.49 ZAR Million Jul/22
Vegetable Products 2990.74 3247.83 ZAR Million Jul/22
Prepared Foodstuffs Beverages & Tobacco 2977.25 3333.88 ZAR Million Jul/22
Miscellaneous Manufactured Goods 2005.40 1859.89 ZAR Million Jul/22
Animal & Vegitable Fats & Oils 1863.06 1805.92 ZAR Million Jul/22
Live Animals & Animal Products 1382.73 1243.70 ZAR Million Jul/22
Semi-precious Stones & Jewellery 732.84 1027.41 ZAR Million Jul/22
Raw Hides Skins Leather & Furskins 382.28 340.29 ZAR Million Jul/22
Wood & Wood Products 345.67 407.89 ZAR Million Jul/22
Works of Art & Antiques 25.90 11.50 ZAR Million Jul/22