Imports to South Africa dropped 7.7 percent from a month earlier to ZAR 94.15 billion in February 2019, mostly due to lower purchases of machinery & electronics (-18 percent); chemical products (-17 percent); base metals (-19 percent) and plastics & rubber (-22 percent). On the other hand, purchases of mineral products increased (14 percent). Main import partners were: China (20.7 percent of total imports), Germany (10.6 percent), the US (6.6 percent), Nigeria (5.4 percent) and India (4.6 percent). Imports in South Africa averaged 18879.76 ZAR Million from 1957 until 2019, reaching an all time high of 125818.64 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 3990.00 -13080.00 17165.02 -27436.54 ZAR Million [+]
Current Account -110158.00 -180404.00 15627.00 -246452.00 ZAR Million [+]
Current Account to GDP -2.50 -2.80 6.00 -7.50 percent [+]
Imports 90888.50 98251.36 125818.64 66.10 ZAR Million [+]
Exports 87609.66 77831.69 119949.29 55.80 ZAR Million [+]
External Debt 172384.00 168147.00 183239.00 33262.00 USD Million [+]
Tourist Arrivals 1205901.00 1561510.00 1598893.00 37430.00 [+]
Gold Reserves 125.30 125.30 183.51 123.48 Tonnes [+]
Terms Of Trade 102.30 105.00 109.50 42.20 Index Points [+]
Terrorism Index 4.26 4.09 4.26 0.22 [+]
Weapons Sales 74.00 65.00 235.00 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 April of 2019.

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
90888.50 98251.36 125818.64 66.10 1957 - 2019 ZAR Million Monthly




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