Exporter Rank

31 / 121

Importer Rank

33 / 121

Trade Balance Rank

23 / 121

Total Trade [1]

Total Exports (2017) $88,267,959,727
Total Imports (2017) $83,030,756,599
Trade Balance (2017) $5,237,203,128
Exports of goods and services (% of GDP) (2017) [2] 29.77%
Imports of goods and services (% of GDP) (2017) [2] 28.41%

Trade Partners [1]

Export Partners

Top 10 Export Countries

Country Export USD$
China $8,666,175,203
United States $6,619,571,626
Germany $5,809,863,055
Japan $4,162,371,997
India $4,139,065,076
Botswana $3,840,225,856
Namibia $3,567,809,633
United Kingdom $3,473,571,980
Mozambique $2,890,791,028
Netherlands $2,773,017,569

Import Partners

Top 10 Import Countries

Country Import USD$
China $15,223,932,557
Germany $9,555,381,489
United States $5,486,495,291
India $3,914,812,865
Saudi Arabia $3,842,324,394
Japan $2,827,048,322
United Kingdom $2,494,197,946
Thailand $2,484,302,498
Italy $2,218,209,354
France $2,091,029,690

Traded Goods [1] (at the 2-digit HS Code level)

Top 10 Export Goods

HS Code Export USD$
(71) Precious Stones & Metals $14,105,131,334
(26) Ores $11,305,874,616
(27) Oil & Mineral Fuels $10,557,476,276
(87) Motor Vehicles & Parts $9,792,296,221
(72) Iron & Steel $6,037,524,857
(84) Industrial Machinery $5,368,314,666
(08) Fruit & Nuts $3,388,966,533
(76) Aluminum $1,806,852,966
(85) Electrical Machinery $1,802,544,946
(22) Beverages $1,321,084,640

Top 10 Import Goods

HS Code Import USD$
(27) Oil & Mineral Fuels $12,249,078,675
(84) Industrial Machinery $10,975,101,123
(85) Electrical Machinery $8,495,645,530
(87) Motor Vehicles & Parts $6,977,350,656
(99) Items nesoi $6,848,736,850
(39) Plastics $2,479,643,551
(30) Pharmaceuticals $2,234,653,619
(90) Precision Instruments $2,140,422,389
(38) Chemical Products $1,574,428,713
(29) Organic Chemicals $1,347,685,034

Sources:

  1. UN Comtrade (2017) except where stated otherwise.
  2. The World Bank. Accessed: 9/22/2018
South Africa