Overview In November 2021 South Africa exported ZAR156B and imported ZAR127B, resulting in a positive trade balance of ZAR29.6B. Between November 2020 and November 2021 the exports of South Africa have increased by ZAR24.7B (18.7%) from ZAR132B to ZAR156B, while imports increased by ZAR25B (24.5%) from ZAR102B to ZAR127B.
Trade In November 2021, the top exports of South Africa were Platinum (ZAR28.9B), Gold (ZAR12.3B), Coal Briquettes (ZAR11.1B), Iron Ore (ZAR9.89B), and Ferroalloys (ZAR7.4B). In November 2021 the top imports of South Africa were Refined Petroleum (ZAR12.3B), Commodities not elsewhere specified (ZAR6.75B), Crude Petroleum (ZAR6.02B), Telephones (ZAR5.19B), and Cars (ZAR3.73B).
Origins In November 2021 the exports of South Africa were mainly from O.R. Tambo Int Airport (ZAR40.1B), Durban (ZAR20.8B), Richards Bay (ZAR16.3B), Sa Reserwebank (ZAR12.3B), and Saldanha Bay (ZAR10.2B), while imports destinations were mainly Durban (ZAR65.4B), O.R. Tambo Int Airport (ZAR23.8B), Cape Town (ZAR12.6B), Port Elizabeth (ZAR6.1B), and Johannesburg (ZAR4.49B).
Destinations In November 2021, South Africa exported mostly to United States (ZAR17.2B), China (ZAR16.8B), Special Categories (ZAR12.4B), Germany (ZAR10.9B), and Japan (ZAR9.71B), and imported mostly from China (ZAR28.1B), United States (ZAR8.86B), Germany (ZAR8.16B), India (ZAR6.92B), and Saudi Arabia (ZAR5.21B).
Growth In November 2021, the increase in South Africa's year-by-year exports was explained primarily by an increase in exports to Special Categories (ZAR3.37B or 78.5%), India (ZAR2.64B or 80.7%), and China (ZAR1.94B or 19.6%), and product exports increase in Platinum (ZAR5.78B or 66.3%), Gold (ZAR3.01B or 77.4%), and Iron Ore (ZAR2.17B or 32.2%). In November 2021, the increase in South Africa's year-by-year imports was explained primarily by an increase in imports from Nigeria (ZAR4.81B or 271%), Germany (ZAR1.41B or 15.7%), and India (ZAR1.07B or 25.4%), and product imports increase in Crude Petroleum (ZAR3.33B or 49%), Commodities not elsewhere specified (ZAR1.22B or 15.2%), and Postage Stamps (ZAR908M or 103%).