Flag China / South Africa Flag

Exports Flag β†’ Flag  (2018): $17.3B, Rnk 31 / 206

Top Product Flag β†’ Flag (2018): $1.69B, Broadcasting Equipment

Exports Flag β†’ Flag (2018): $18.1B, Rnk 1 / 211

Top Product Flag β†’ Flag (2018): $6.68B, Gold

Economic Complexity of Flag (2018): ECI 0.89, Rnk 30 / 137

Economic Complexity of Flag (2018): ECI 0.16, Rnk 59 / 137

GDP Flag (2018): $13.6T, CURRENT US$
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GDP GROWTH Flag (2008-2018): 196%, CURRENT US$
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GDP Flag (2018): $368B, CURRENT US$
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GDP GROWTH Flag (2008-2018): 28.4%, CURRENT US$
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GDP PC Flag (2018): $9,771, CURRENT US$
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GDP PC GROWTH Flag (2008-2018): 182%, CURRENT US$
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GDP PC Flag (2018): $6,374, CURRENT US$
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GDP PC GROWTH Flag (2008-2018): 10.6%, CURRENT US$
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China-South Africa: In 2018, China exported $17.3B to South Africa. The main products exported from China to South Africa were Broadcasting Equipment ($1.69B), Computers ($870M), and Rubber Footwear ($302M). During the last 23 years the exports of China to South Africa have increased at an annualized rate of 15.9%, from $576M in 1995 to $17.3B in 2018.

South Africa-China: In 2018, South Africa exported $18.1B to China. The main products exported from South Africa to China were Gold ($6.68B), Iron Ore ($2.54B), and Manganese Ore ($2.05B). During the last 23 years the exports of South Africa to China have increased at an annualized rate of 17.8%, from $415M in 1995 to $18.1B in 2018.

Comparison: In 2018, China ranked 30 in the Economic Complexity Index (ECI 0.89), and 1 in total exports ($2.59T). That same year, South Africa ranked 59 in the Economic Complexity Index (ECI 0.16), and 36 in total exports ($115B). In terms of GDP Per Capita, China was ranked 78 with a GDP Per Capita of $9,771, and South Africa was ranked 97 with a GDP Per Capita of $6,374.

Bilateral Trade by Products

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In 2018, China exported $17.3B to South Africa. The main products exported from China to South Africa were Broadcasting Equipment ($1.69B), Computers ($870M), and Rubber Footwear ($302M). During the last 23 years the exports of China to South Africa have increased at an annualized rate of 15.9%, from $576M in 1995 to $17.3B in 2018.

In 2018, South Africa exported $18.1B to China. The main products exported from South Africa to China were Gold ($6.68B), Iron Ore ($2.54B), and Manganese Ore ($2.05B). During the last 23 years the exports of South Africa to China have increased at an annualized rate of 17.8%, from $415M in 1995 to $18.1B in 2018.

Market Competitiveness

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China
Top Destination
: United States, $499B

South Africa
Top Destination
: China, $18.1B

This map shows whether countries import more from China or South Africa. Each country is colored based on the difference in imports they receive from China and South Africa or the difference in the growth in imports.

In 2018, countries that imported more from China than South Africa were United States ($499B), Hong Kong ($282B), and Japan ($155B).

In 2018, countries that imported more from South Africa than China were Zimbabwe ($2.46B), Zambia ($2.77B), and Mozambique ($2.99B).

Comparative Advantage China - South Africa

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This chart compares trade between China and South Africa by product, considering products traded by both, China and South Africa.

During 2018, China had a large net trade with South Africa in the exports of Machines ($7.37B), Textiles ($1.98B), and Metals ($1.46B).

During 2018, South Africa had a large net trade with China in the exports of Precious Metals ($8.02B), Mineral Products ($6.24B), and Metals ($2.06B).

Tariff Section

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This sections shows import tariffs for products traded between China and South Africa (using the HS6 product classification and the last year reported).

In 2018, the products from China that paid the highest import tariffs to enter South Africa were Vermouth and other flavoured grape wines - pack < 2l (65%) and Vermouth and other flavoured grape wines - pack > 2l (65%).

In 2018, the products from South Africa that paid the highest import tariffs to enter China were Pineapples, otherwise prepared or preserved (55%) and Worn clothing and other worn articles (46.7%).

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*The tariffs present between China and South Africa are:
125: General duty rate
136: Most Favoured Nation duty rate treatement

Trade Forecasts

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This section shows a forecast for total trade between China and South Africa. The forecast is based on a long short-term memory model or LSTM constructed using yearly trade data.

To create custom forecast, or modify the parameters of the forecasting model, visit our Forecast Section.

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Economic Complexity

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Competitive Landscape

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This visualization show the product space at the HS4 level colored from blue to red.  This mean that the more blue a dot/product is, the more China has comparative advantage over South Africa. Similarly, the more red a dot/product is, the more South Africa has comparative advantage over China.