Flag United Kingdom / South Africa Flag

Exports Flag β†’ Flag  (2018): $2.54B, Rnk 30 / 217

Top Product Flag β†’ Flag (2018): $284M, Cars

Exports Flag β†’ Flag (2018): $8.81B, Rnk 2 / 211

Top Product Flag β†’ Flag (2018): $3.95B, Gold

Economic Complexity of Flag (2018): ECI 1.49, Rnk 13 / 137

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

GDP Flag (2018): $2.86T, CURRENT US$
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GDP GROWTH Flag (2008-2018): -2.31%, 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): $42,944, CURRENT US$
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GDP PC GROWTH Flag (2008-2018): -9.18%, 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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United Kingdom-South Africa: In 2018, United Kingdom exported $2.54B to South Africa. The main products exported from United Kingdom to South Africa were Cars ($284M), Hard Liquor ($171M), and Packaged Medicaments ($102M). During the last 23 years the exports of United Kingdom to South Africa have decreased at an annualized rate of 0.6%, from $2.92B in 1995 to $2.54B in 2018. In 2016, United Kingdom exported services to South Africa worth $1.02B, with Transportation ($637M), Travel ($332M), and Government services, n.i.e. ($45.9M) being the largest in terms of value.

South Africa-United Kingdom: In 2018, South Africa exported $8.81B to United Kingdom. The main products exported from South Africa to United Kingdom were Gold ($3.95B), Platinum ($1.95B), and Cars ($533M). During the last 23 years the exports of South Africa to United Kingdom have increased at an annualized rate of 5.05%, from $2.83B in 1995 to $8.81B in 2018.

Comparison: In 2018, United Kingdom ranked 13 in the Economic Complexity Index (ECI 1.49), and 9 in total exports ($464B). 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, United Kingdom was ranked 22 with a GDP Per Capita of $42,944, and South Africa was ranked 97 with a GDP Per Capita of $6,374.

Bilateral Trade by Products

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In 2018, United Kingdom exported $2.54B to South Africa. The main products exported from United Kingdom to South Africa were Cars ($284M), Hard Liquor ($171M), and Packaged Medicaments ($102M). During the last 23 years the exports of United Kingdom to South Africa have decreased at an annualized rate of 0.6%, from $2.92B in 1995 to $2.54B in 2018.

In 2018, South Africa exported $8.81B to United Kingdom. The main products exported from South Africa to United Kingdom were Gold ($3.95B), Platinum ($1.95B), and Cars ($533M). During the last 23 years the exports of South Africa to United Kingdom have increased at an annualized rate of 5.05%, from $2.83B in 1995 to $8.81B in 2018.

Market Competitiveness

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United Kingdom
Top Destination
: United States, $61.9B

South Africa
Top Destination
: China, $18.1B

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

In 2018, countries that imported more from United Kingdom than South Africa were United States ($61.9B), Germany ($45.5B), and Netherlands ($33.3B).

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

Comparative Advantage United Kingdom - South Africa

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

During 2018, United Kingdom had a large net trade with South Africa in the exports of Machines ($697M), Transportation ($492M), and Chemical Products ($362M).

During 2018, South Africa had a large net trade with United Kingdom in the exports of Precious Metals ($5.97B), Transportation ($1.1B), and Vegetable Products ($620M).

Trade Forecasts

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

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Bilateral Service Trade

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In 2016, United Kingdom exported services to South Africa worth $1.02B, with Transportation ($637M), Travel ($332M), and Government services, n.i.e. ($45.9M) being the largest in terms of value.

Service trade data is presented based on availability.

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 United Kingdom has comparative advantage over South Africa. Similarly, the more red a dot/product is, the more South Africa has comparative advantage over United Kingdom.