South Africa

0.47

Econ Complexity 46th of 185
1980
2014

$106B

Exports 36th of 220
1980
2014

$102B

Imports 33rd of 220
1980
2014

$13k

GDP Per Capita 86th of 185
1990
2014

South Africa is the 36th largest export economy in the world and the 46th most complex economy according to the Economic Complexity Index (ECI). In 2014, South Africa exported $106B and imported $102B, resulting in a positive trade balance of $3.39B. In 2014 the GDP of South Africa was $350B and its GDP per capita was $13k.

The top exports of South Africa are Gold ($11.9B), Diamonds ($10.3B), Platinum ($7.45B), Coal Briquettes ($5.89B) and Iron Ore ($5.52B), using the 1992 revision of the HS (Harmonized System) classification. Its top imports are Crude Petroleum ($16.2B), Refined Petroleum ($6.13B), Cars ($4.85B), Computers ($2.31B) and Gold ($2.17B).

The top export destinations of South Africa are China ($9.8B), the United States ($8.95B), India ($7.07B), the United Kingdom ($6.18B) and Hong Kong ($6.09B). The top import origins are China ($16.1B), Germany ($8.5B), Saudi Arabia ($7.13B), the United States ($6.96B) and India ($5.48B).

South Africa borders Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland and Zimbabwe.

Economic Complexity of South Africa

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