Imports to South Africa tumbled 20.1 percent year-on-year to ZAR 88.47 billion in December 2019, dragged down by lower purchases of machinery & electronics (-23 percent); original equipment components (-43 percent); vehicles & transport equipment (-22 percent); chemicals (-19 percent) and base metals (-39 percent). Main import partners were China (16.9% of total acquisitions), Germany (7.4%), the US (6.3%), Nigeria (5.9%) and Saudi Arabia (5.9%). In 2019 as a whole, imports grew 3.3 percent over a year earlier to ZAR 1,273 billion.

Imports in South Africa averaged 20154.74 ZAR Million from 1957 until 2019, reaching an all time high of 125721.33 ZAR Million in October of 2018 and a record low of 66.10 ZAR Million in September of 1961. 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. source: South African Revenue Service

Imports in South Africa is expected to be 94000.00 ZAR Million by the end of this quarter, according to Trading Economics global macro models and analysts expectations. Looking forward, we estimate Imports in South Africa to stand at 83500.00 in 12 months time. In the long-term, the South Africa Imports is projected to trend around 95000.00 ZAR Million in 2021 and 103000.00 ZAR Million in 2022, according to our econometric models.


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South Africa Imports

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
88466.52 110804.69 125721.33 66.10 1957 - 2019 ZAR Million Monthly


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.

South Africa Imports by Category Last Previous
Iron & Steel 710741.22 1341868.39 ZAR THO Dec/19
Mineral Products 19791.98 19642.00 ZAR Million Dec/19
Chemical & Allied Industries Products 8605.00 11654.50 ZAR Million Dec/19
Wood Pulp Paper & Paper Products 3555.53 3987.84 ZAR Million Dec/19
Base Metals & Base Metal Articles 3345.46 5403.70 ZAR Million Dec/19
Plastic & Rubber Articles 3319.09 4728.04 ZAR Million Dec/19
Prepared Foodstuffs Beverages & Tobacco 2665.84 3110.38 ZAR Million Dec/19
Textiles & Textile Products 2430.02 3666.09 ZAR Million Dec/19
Miscellaneous Manufactured Goods 1404.96 1933.53 ZAR Million Dec/19
Vegetable Products 1379.27 1921.24 ZAR Million Dec/19
Live Animals & Animal Products 1275.42 1414.01 ZAR Million Dec/19
Semi-precious Stones & Jewellery 768.34 1019.38 ZAR Million Dec/19
Animal & Vegitable Fats & Oils 537.69 787.93 ZAR Million Dec/19
Raw Hides Skins Leather & Furskins 275.17 422.96 ZAR Million Dec/19
Wood & Wood Products 221.08 320.59 ZAR Million Dec/19
Works of Art & Antiques 20.23 25.94 ZAR Million Dec/19

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