Importing from South Africa

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Importing from South Africa

South Africa ranks as the thirty-sixth largest export economy in the world and the fourty-fifth most complex economy as rated by the Economic Complexity Index (ECI). South Africa exports around $110B and imports around $108B a year, which results in a small positive trade balance of around $2B. The GDP of South Africa is around $360B and the GDP per capita is around $12k. Imports into South Africa averaged around 14500 ZAR Million from around 1957 until 2015, which reached a height of around 110000 ZAR Million at the end of 2014 with a record low of around 65 ZAR Million at the end of 1961.

The main imports are crude petroleum (around $14B), cars (over $5B), gold ($5.5B) and computers ($2.2B). The main origins of import are China (around $16B), Germany (over $9B), Saudi Arabia (over $8B), the United States (over $6.5B) and India (around $5.3B). The main South African imports are fuel (around 25%), boilers, nuclear reactors, machinery (around 15%), vehicle parts (around 10%), telephone sets (around 3%), pharmaceuticals (2%), and vegetables (2%).

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1.00 GBP
British Pound
1.00 GBP = 16.7550 ZAR
=
16.7550 ZAR
South African Rand
1.00 ZAR = 0.05968 GBP

Country Profile

CapitalPretoria (executive)
Bloemfontein (judicial)
Cape Town (legislative)
Population 54,956,900
Area 1,221,037  km2 (471,445 sq mi)
km2 (24th)
Currency South African rand
GDP
Languages Afrikaans, English, Ndebele, Northern Sotho, Sotho, Swazi, Tsonga, Tswana, Venda, Xhosa and Zulu

0.45

Econ Complexity 46th of 184
1980
2015

$93.7B

Exports 36th of 221
1980
2015

$80.8B

Imports 36th of 221
1980
2015

$13.2k

GDP Per Capita 87th of 184
1990
2015

South Africa: Exports Profile

Exports from South Africa

Exports from South Africa: $91.047 billion
Export commodities:Gold, diamonds, platinum, other metals and minerals, machinery, and equipment
Top export destinations:China 14.5%, United States 7.9%, Japan 5.7%, Germany 5.5%, India 4.5%, United Kingdom 4.1% (2012 est.)
GDP growth (annual %)

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Country Profile

CapitalPretoria (executive)
Bloemfontein (judicial)
Cape Town (legislative)
Population 54,956,900
Area 1,221,037  km2 (471,445 sq mi)
km2 (24th)
Currency South African rand
GDP
Languages Afrikaans, English, Ndebele, Northern Sotho, Sotho, Swazi, Tsonga, Tswana, Venda, Xhosa and Zulu

0.45

Econ Complexity 46th of 184
1980
2015

$93.7B

Exports 36th of 221
1980
2015

$80.8B

Imports 36th of 221
1980
2015

$13.2k

GDP Per Capita 87th of 184
1990
2015
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