Overview In July 2021 South Africa exported ZAR139B and imported ZAR108B, resulting in a positive trade balance of ZAR31.1B. Between July 2020 and July 2021 the exports of South Africa have increased by ZAR20.9B (17.7%) from ZAR118B to ZAR139B, while imports increased by ZAR22.9B (27%) from ZAR85B to ZAR108B.
Trade In July 2021, the top exports of South Africa were Platinum (ZAR30.8B), Iron Ore (ZAR17.3B), Gold (ZAR8.39B), Coal Briquettes (ZAR6.49B), and Citrus (ZAR4.53B). In July 2021 the top imports of South Africa were Refined Petroleum (ZAR9.67B), Commodities not elsewhere specified (ZAR8.08B), Crude Petroleum (ZAR5.67B), Cars (ZAR4.22B), and Telephones (ZAR3.28B).
Origins In July 2021 the exports of South Africa were mainly from O.R. Tambo Int Airport (ZAR37.7B), Saldanha Bay (ZAR16.2B), Durban (ZAR15.4B), Richards Bay (ZAR12.1B), and Cape Town (ZAR8.5B), while imports destinations were mainly Durban (ZAR53.7B), O.R. Tambo Int Airport (ZAR20.6B), Cape Town (ZAR10.2B), Port Elizabeth (ZAR7.09B), and Johannesburg (ZAR3.6B).
Destinations In July 2021, South Africa exported mostly to China (ZAR18.2B), United States (ZAR14.5B), Japan (ZAR11.5B), Germany (ZAR11.1B), and United Kingdom (ZAR9.73B), and imported mostly from China (ZAR21B), Germany (ZAR9.79B), United States (ZAR7.95B), India (ZAR6.03B), and Saudi Arabia (ZAR4.47B).
Growth In July 2021, the increase in South Africa's year-by-year exports was explained primarily by an increase in exports to Japan (ZAR6.9B or 148%), United States (ZAR5.2B or 55.8%), and China (ZAR4.21B or 30.1%), and product exports increase in Platinum (ZAR18.8B or 157%), Iron Ore (ZAR9.46B or 120%), and Coal Briquettes (ZAR1.76B or 37.2%). In July 2021, the increase in South Africa's year-by-year imports was explained primarily by an increase in imports from Saudi Arabia (ZAR3.17B or 244%), China (ZAR3.1B or 17.3%), and United States (ZAR2.66B or 50.2%), and product imports increase in Commodities not elsewhere specified (ZAR4.62B or 134%), Refined Petroleum (ZAR3.23B or 50.2%), and Crude Petroleum (ZAR2.36B or 71.5%).