South Africa Major Trade Partners


Buying and selling are essential for any country to develop its economy and maintain good relations with other nations. The first table below shows top trading partners of South Africa in terms of export sales (selling), including United States, Japan, and Germany. The second lists top trade partners of South Africa regarding import total (buying). That is, most products are imported from these countries to South Africa.

South Africa Major Exports

Market Value: 62,876 (millions) – Last Updated: June, 2019

South Africa Major Exports

Rank Country (Exports To) Trade Value (thousands) Share (%) Growth (% 5yr)
1 United States 7,790,839 12.39 66.37
2 Japan 7,661,174 12.18 86.65
3 Germany 5,494,320 8.74 70.00
4 United Kingdom 4,693,477 7.46 11.50
5 China 4,250,392 6.76 303.18
6 Netherlands 3,359,935 5.34 82.80
7 India 2,205,116 3.51 289.37
8 Belgium 1,960,054 3.12 74.27
9 Spain 1,815,343 2.89 63.66
10 Zambia 1,581,754 2.52 116.04
11 Italy 1,530,664 2.43 28.75
12 Switzerland 1,506,269 2.40 33.88
13 South Korea 1,471,538 2.34 110.96
14 Zimbabwe 1,363,075 2.17 46.93
15 France 1,170,192 1.86 31.12
16 Mozambique 1,146,011 1.82 45.72
17 DR Congo 880,405 1.40 324.31
18 Israel 797,532 1.27 25.66
19 Nigeria 701,734 1.12 58.08
20 United Arab Emirates 653,422 1.04 90.19
21 Brazil 605,167 0.96 147.77
22 Hong Kong 594,262 0.95 12.69
23 Malaysia 579,816 0.92 117.48
24 Kenya 528,058 0.84 17.56
25 Singapore 500,218 0.80 62.15
26 Turkey 461,080 0.73 190.88
27 Sweden 383,052 0.61 106.94
28 Canada 359,518 0.57 (0.14)
29 Thailand 351,528 0.56 (0.28)
30 Portugal 343,276 0.55 209.11
31 Tanzania 335,373 0.53 (2.01)
32 Poland 292,961 0.47 568.31
33 Saudi Arabia 287,639 0.46 28.41
34 Ghana 260,124 0.41 35.81
35 Malawi 248,037 0.39 2.06
36 Mauritius 247,430 0.39 (8.11)

 

South Africa Major Imports

Market Value: 63,561 (millions) – Last Updated: June, 2019

South Africa Major Imports

Rank Country (Imports From) Trade Value (thousands) Share (%) Growth (% 5yr)
1 China 8,661,813 13.63 141.33
2 Germany 6,559,606 10.32 (3.22)
3 United States 5,605,805 8.82 35.77
4 Saudi Arabia 5,510,528 8.67 106.73
5 Iran 3,280,221 5.16 38.05
6 Japan 3,051,717 4.80 (6.68)
7 United Kingdom 2,738,064 4.31 (16.26)
8 France 2,012,968 3.17 (30.63)
9 India 1,882,578 2.96 165.55
10 Nigeria 1,861,266 2.93 129.58
11 Italy 1,693,425 2.66 17.21
12 Yemen 1,276,314 2.01 1,381.73
13 South Korea 1,237,198 1.95 22.07
14 Brazil 1,082,259 1.70 8.14
15 Thailand 1,058,781 1.67 58.97
16 Sweden 1,048,146 1.65 63.44
17 Netherlands 888,620 1.40 25.54
18 Malaysia 870,630 1.37 46.75
19 Belgium 828,921 1.30 38.34
20 United Arab Emirates 821,057 1.29 656.96
21 Singapore 759,916 1.20 86.77
22 Zimbabwe 715,108 1.13 65.63
23 Ireland 677,884 1.07 6.92
24 Canada 677,375 1.07 114.91
25 Spain 673,930 1.06 0.12
26 Finland 599,136 0.94 59.17
27 Turkey 563,958 0.89 185.90
28 Indonesia 512,394 0.81 65.38
29 Switzerland 496,671 0.78 2.71
30 Austria 460,453 0.72 7.18
31 South Africa 368,026 0.58 NA
32 Hungary 301,562 0.47 5.43
33 Venezuela 301,557 0.47 6,579.11
34 Russia 291,301 0.46 622.78
35 Poland 277,990 0.44 135.71
36 Zambia 266,813 0.42 71.33

 

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