Exporter Rank

37 / 127

Importer Rank

39 / 127

Trade Balance Rank

38 / 127

Total Trade [1]

Total Exports (2019) $89,395,988,333
Total Imports (2019) $88,037,490,927
Trade Balance (2019) $1,358,497,406
Exports of goods and services (% of GDP) (2020) [2] 30.47%
Imports of goods and services (% of GDP) (2020) [2] 25.53%

Trade Partners [1]

Export Partners

Top 10 Export Countries

Country Export USD$
China $9,595,419,511
Germany $7,160,374,974
United States $6,261,591,539
United Kingdom $4,685,564,119
Japan $4,298,922,506
India $4,032,171,741
Botswana $3,942,385,497
Mozambique $3,651,764,206
Namibia $3,545,636,204
Netherlands $2,930,141,238

Import Partners

Top 10 Import Countries

Country Import USD$
China $16,264,728,003
Germany $8,692,057,259
United States $5,782,974,352
India $4,323,031,822
Saudi Arabia $3,655,924,581
Nigeria $3,639,278,851
United Kingdom $2,937,543,831
Japan $2,802,557,848
Thailand $2,663,313,305
Italy $2,230,267,606

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

Top 10 Export Goods

HS Code Export USD$
(71) Precious Stones & Metals $15,010,281,254
(26) Ores $13,060,350,800
(87) Motor Vehicles & Parts $11,400,910,791
(27) Oil & Mineral Fuels $8,780,495,853
(84) Industrial Machinery $5,480,309,026
(72) Iron & Steel $5,358,629,389
(08) Fruit & Nuts $3,418,663,156
(85) Electrical Machinery $1,746,613,736
(76) Aluminum $1,741,537,721
(39) Plastics $1,433,248,302

Top 10 Import Goods

HS Code Import USD$
(27) Oil & Mineral Fuels $14,840,987,003
(84) Industrial Machinery $11,195,299,374
(85) Electrical Machinery $8,551,899,119
(99) Items nesoi $7,438,432,941
(87) Motor Vehicles & Parts $6,881,488,276
(39) Plastics $2,490,952,138
(30) Pharmaceuticals $2,408,616,816
(90) Precision Instruments $2,238,920,621
(38) Chemical Products $1,585,421,109
(29) Organic Chemicals $1,424,557,810

Sources:

  1. UN Comtrade (2019) except where stated otherwise.
  2. The World Bank. Accessed: 10/4/2021
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