Exports fell to ZAR 91.8 billion, mainly driven by lower sales of vehicles & transport equipment (-18 percent), machinery & electronics (-18 percent), precious metals and stones (-8 percent), chemicals (-9 percent). In contrast, sales of mineral products went up 10 percent. Major destinations for exports were China (9.4 percent of total exports), Germany (7.7 percent), the US (6.9 percent), India (5 percent) and Japan (4.5 percent).
Imports decreased to 86.7 billion, as purchases went down for: optical photographic products (-26 percent); original equipment components (17 percent); vegetables (-22 percent) and chemicals (-4 percent). In contrast, imports of vehicles & transport equipment rose 4 percent. Imports came mainly from China (17.3 percent of total imports), Germany (10.5 percent), the US (6.3 percent), Saudi Arabia (5.9 percent) and India (5 percent).
Excluding trade with neighboring Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia and Swaziland, the country posted a trade deficit of ZAR 1.19 billion in April.