Compared with the previous month, exports decreased to ZAR 101.8 billion from ZAR 103.4 billion, led by a fall in shipments of base metals (-12 percent); vegetable products (-16 percent); chemical products (-15 percent) and precious metals and stones (-6 percent), while vehicles and transport equipment (14 percent) and mineral products (7 percent) rose. Major destinations for sales were China (9.9 percent); the US (8.2 percent); Germany (6.1 percent); India (6 percent) and Japan (4.9 percent).
Imports advanced to ZAR 97.8 billion from ZAR 97.4 billion, due to higher purchases of vegetable products (107 percent); mineral products (5 percent); chemical products (5 percent); prepared foodstuffs (11 percent) and animals and vegetable fats (47 percent). Imports came mostly from China (17.9 percent of total imports); Germany (11.8 percent); the US (6.7 percent); Saudi Arabia (4.7 percent) and India (4.2 percent).
Excluding trade with neighboring Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia and Swaziland, the country posted a trade deficit of ZAR 4.3 billion in September compared to a ZAR 1.9 billion gap in August.