Overview: In April 2020 South Africa exported ZAR51.7B and imported ZAR88B, resulting in a negative trade balance of ZAR36.3B. Between April 2019 and April 2020 the exports of South Africa have decreased by ZAR-48.1B (-48.2%) from ZAR99.8B to ZAR51.7B, while imports decreased by ZAR-19B (-17.8%) from ZAR107B to ZAR88B.
Trade: In April 2020 the top exports of South Africa were Platinum (ZAR7.46B), Iron Ore (ZAR6.58B), Coal Briquettes (ZAR3.66B), Citrus (ZAR1.78B), and Apples and Pears (ZAR1.46B). In April 2020 the top imports of South Africa were Crude Petroleum (ZAR7.96B), Commodities not elsewhere specified (ZAR6.21B), Refined Petroleum (ZAR3.73B), Other Cloth Articles (ZAR3.28B), and Cars (ZAR2.89B).
Origins: In April 2020 the exports of South Africa were mainly from O.R. Tambo Int Airport (ZAR8.8B), Durban (ZAR8.59B), Saldanha Bay (ZAR7.23B), Richards Bay (ZAR6.96B), and Cape Town (ZAR5.68B), while imports destinations were mainly Durban (ZAR46.3B), O.R. Tambo Int Airport (ZAR13.8B), Cape Town (ZAR9.36B), Port Elizabeth (ZAR6.99B), and Johannesburg (ZAR4.13B).
Destinations: In April 2020 South Africa exported mostly to China (ZAR7.83B), United States (ZAR4.37B), United Kingdom (ZAR3.07B), Netherlands (ZAR2.7B), and Japan (ZAR2.68B), and imported mostly from China (ZAR20.3B), Germany (ZAR7.89B), United States (ZAR5.35B), Saudi Arabia (ZAR3.73B), and Thailand (ZAR3.41B).
Growth: In April 2020, the decrease in South Africa's year-by-year exports was explained primarily by a decrease in exports to Germany (ZAR-6.45B or -78.7%), Special Categories (ZAR-4.01B or -85.1%), and India (ZAR-3.74B or -66.4%), and product exports decrease in Cars (ZAR-8.36B or -86.7%), Delivery Trucks (ZAR-3.37B or -92.2%), and Manganese Ore (ZAR-3.17B or -76.8%). In April 2020, the decrease in South Africa's year-by-year imports was explained primarily by a decrease in imports from Nigeria (ZAR-3.25B or -49.2%), Germany (ZAR-2.55B or -24.4%), and India (ZAR-2B or -38.7%), and product imports decrease in Crude Petroleum (ZAR-3.73B or -31.9%), Commodities not elsewhere specified (ZAR-3.2B or -34%), and Telephones (ZAR-2.27B or -54.8%).