Imports to South Africa climbed 6.8 percent from a month earlier to ZAR 107.18 billion in April 2019, fuelled by purchases of machinery & electronics (18 percent); plastics & rubber (24 percent) and mineral products (5 percent). On the other hand, imports declined for original equipment components (-12 percent) and vehicles & transport equipments (-10 percent). Main import partners were China (17.8 percent of total purchases), Germany (9.8 percent), the US (6.5 percent), Nigeria (6.2 percent) and India (4.8 percent). Imports in South Africa averaged 19206.71 ZAR Million from 1957 until 2019, reaching an all time high of 125734.02 ZAR Million in October of 2018 and a record low of 66.10 ZAR Million in September of 1961.

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South Africa Trade Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Balance of Trade -3427.45 4705.47 17164.95 -26959.20 ZAR Million [+]
Current Account -142495.00 -110158.00 15627.00 -246452.00 ZAR Million [+]
Current Account to GDP -3.50 -2.50 6.00 -7.50 percent [+]
Imports 107177.86 100389.58 125734.02 66.10 ZAR Million [+]
Exports 103750.40 105095.05 119964.34 55.80 ZAR Million [+]
External Debt 172384.00 168147.00 183239.00 33262.00 USD Million [+]
Tourist Arrivals 1301855.00 1205901.00 1598893.00 37430.00 [+]
Gold Reserves 125.30 125.30 183.51 123.48 Tonnes [+]
Terms Of Trade 107.10 102.30 109.50 42.20 Index Points [+]
Terrorism Index 4.26 4.09 4.26 0.22 [+]
Weapons Sales 149.00 103.00 235.00 1.00 USD Million [+]
Crude Oil Production 1.00 1.00 58.00 1.00 BBL/D/1K [+]
Foreign Direct Investment 1854.00 1885.00 2101.00 1.00 ZAR Billion [+]

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South Africa Imports

South Africa main imports are: machinery (23.5 percent of total imports), mineral products (15.1 percent), vehicles and aircraft vessels (10 percent), chemicals (10.9 percent), equipment components (8.1 percent) and iron and steel products (5.3 percent). Main trading partners are: China (18.3 percent), Germany (11.5 percent), United States (6.6 percent), India (4.7 percent), Saudi Arabia (4.6 percent) and Japan (3.4 percent). Others include: the UK, Thailand, Italy and France. This page provides the latest reported value for - South Africa Imports - plus previous releases, historical high and low, short-term forecast and long-term prediction, economic calendar, survey consensus and news. South Africa Imports - actual data, historical chart and calendar of releases - was last updated on June of 2019.

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
107177.86 100389.58 125734.02 66.10 1957 - 2019 ZAR Million Monthly




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