Exporter Rank

33 / 119

Importer Rank

35 / 119

Trade Balance Rank

31 / 119

Total Trade [1]

Total Exports (2018) $93,569,804,061
Total Imports (2018) $92,578,515,722
Trade Balance (2018) $991,288,339
Exports of goods and services (% of GDP) (2018) [2] 29.91%
Imports of goods and services (% of GDP) (2018) [2] 29.56%

Trade Partners [1]

Export Partners

Top 10 Export Countries

Country Export USD$
China $8,542,669,989
Germany $6,702,747,628
United States $6,357,391,256
United Kingdom $4,813,868,347
Japan $4,475,030,558
India $4,423,473,285
Botswana $4,066,101,616
Namibia $3,559,638,476
Mozambique $3,217,223,745
Netherlands $3,104,567,499

Import Partners

Top 10 Import Countries

Country Import USD$
China $17,079,880,558
Germany $9,117,637,822
United States $5,531,678,054
Saudi Arabia $5,407,346,673
India $3,846,237,223
Nigeria $3,833,969,164
Thailand $2,901,297,803
United Kingdom $2,887,938,880
Japan $2,853,739,256
Italy $2,560,465,844

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

Top 10 Export Goods

HS Code Export USD$
(71) Precious Stones & Metals $16,124,561,950
(26) Ores $11,654,983,928
(87) Motor Vehicles & Parts $10,857,512,629
(27) Oil & Mineral Fuels $9,931,658,855
(72) Iron & Steel $6,285,754,182
(84) Industrial Machinery $5,803,356,311
(08) Fruit & Nuts $3,675,302,977
(76) Aluminum $2,026,047,679
(85) Electrical Machinery $1,814,779,103
(39) Plastics $1,438,969,143

Top 10 Import Goods

HS Code Import USD$
(27) Oil & Mineral Fuels $17,134,142,348
(84) Industrial Machinery $11,484,770,928
(85) Electrical Machinery $8,616,538,453
(99) Items nesoi $7,510,462,556
(87) Motor Vehicles & Parts $7,031,469,034
(39) Plastics $2,817,610,489
(30) Pharmaceuticals $2,476,220,521
(90) Precision Instruments $2,257,053,579
(38) Chemical Products $1,680,238,086
(29) Organic Chemicals $1,564,059,863

Sources:

  1. UN Comtrade (2018) except where stated otherwise.
  2. The World Bank. Accessed: 9/30/2019
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