Exporter Rank

35 / 135

Importer Rank

35 / 134

Trade Balance Rank

51 / 134

Total Trade [1]

Total Exports (2016) $74,110,816,972
Total Imports (2016) $74,744,010,293
Trade Balance (2016) ($633,193,321)
Exports of goods and services (% of GDP) (2016) [2] 30.26%
Imports of goods and services (% of GDP) (2016) [2] 30.11%

Trade Partners [1]

Export Partners

Top 10 Export Countries

Country Export USD$
China $6,812,080,879
United States $5,473,767,809
Germany $5,259,696,982
Botswana $3,712,233,382
Namibia $3,530,667,226
Japan $3,450,199,522
United Kingdom $3,158,231,907
India $3,150,929,680
Belgium $2,288,236,637
Mozambique $2,263,065,231

Import Partners

Top 10 Import Countries

Country Import USD$
China $13,536,720,179
Germany $8,817,367,656
United States $4,977,674,733
India $3,104,001,914
Saudi Arabia $2,835,986,425
Japan $2,552,511,660
France $2,249,866,412
United Kingdom $2,159,915,667
Thailand $2,154,951,330
Nigeria $2,069,885,725

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

Top 10 Export Goods

HS Code Export USD$
(71) Precious Stones & Metals $11,991,147,418
(87) Motor Vehicles & Parts $9,154,453,241
(26) Ores $7,644,786,797
(27) Oil & Mineral Fuels $7,097,986,764
(72) Iron & Steel $5,271,239,916
(84) Industrial Machinery $5,165,065,490
(08) Fruit & Nuts $2,887,638,284
(85) Electrical Machinery $1,829,483,806
(76) Aluminum $1,511,898,002
(22) Beverages $1,199,630,789

Top 10 Import Goods

HS Code Import USD$
(84) Industrial Machinery $10,249,934,476
(27) Oil & Mineral Fuels $10,044,748,113
(85) Electrical Machinery $8,079,010,221
(99) Items nesoi $6,087,463,505
(87) Motor Vehicles & Parts $5,775,802,420
(39) Plastics $2,249,574,135
(90) Precision Instruments $2,018,133,252
(30) Pharmaceuticals $1,887,971,606
(10) Cereals $1,377,555,127
(38) Chemical Products $1,375,895,115

Sources:

  1. UN Comtrade (2016) except where stated otherwise.
  2. The World Bank. Accessed: 4/27/2018
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