Compared with the previous month, exports increased to ZAR 116.1 billion, led by precious metals and stones (21 percent); base metals (19 percent); vehicles and transport equipment (16 percent); machinery and electronics (12 percent) and mineral products (7 percent). Main export partners were: China (11 percent of total exports); the US (9.2 percent); Germany (6.7 percent); Japan (4.8 percent) and India (4.6 percent).
Imports advanced to ZAR 103.1 billion, due to higher purchases of animal and vegetable fats (66 percent); wood pulp and paper (31 percent); mineral products (7 percent) and machinery and electronics (7 percent) while original equipment components fell (-8 percent). The most important import partners were: China (18.8% of total imports); Germany (11.3 percent); the US (5.8 percent); India (4.5 percent) and Saudi Arabia (4.5 percent).
Excluding trade with neighboring Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia and Swaziland, the country posted a trade surplus of ZAR 3.8 billion in November swinging from a ZAR 4.3 billion deficit in October.