Exports rose to ZAR 101.2 billion, mainly driven by higher sales of vehicles & transport equipment (19 percent), machinery & electronics (27 percent), precious metals and stones (33 percent), chemicals (17 percent) and mineral products (8 percent). Major destinations for exports were Germany (8.8 percent of total exports), China (8.7 percent), the US (6.2 percent), India (4.6 percent) and Botswana (4.4 percent).
Imports increased to 87.79 billion, as purchases went up for: machinery & electronics (18 percent), vehicles & transport equipment (41 percent), optical photographic products (30 percent) and original equipment components (12 percent). Imports came mainly from China (15.3 percent of total imports), Germany (14.7 percent), the US (8.6 percent), India (5.2 percent) and Saudi Arabia (4.9 percent)
Excluding trade with neighboring Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia and Swaziland, the country posted a trade surplus of ZAR 3.5 billion in March, compared to ZAR 1.6 billion gap in February.