South Africa is the 34th largest export economy in the world and the 47th most complex economy according to the Economic Complexity Index (ECI). In 2017, South Africa exported $108B and imported $81.9B, resulting in a positive trade balance of $26.4B. In 2017 the GDP of South Africa was $348B and its GDP per capita was $13.5k.
The top exports of South Africa are Gold ($16.9B), Diamonds ($9.8B), Platinum ($9B), Cars ($6.9B) and Coal Briquettes ($6.23B), using the 1992 revision of the HS (Harmonized System) classification. Its top imports are Crude Petroleum ($6.42B), Refined Petroleum ($4.96B), Cars ($4.11B), Gold ($2.79B) and Broadcasting Equipment ($2.78B).
The top export destinations of South Africa are China ($17.1B), the United States ($8.21B), India ($8B), the United Kingdom ($7.97B) and Germany ($7.05B). The top import origins are China ($15.6B), Germany ($7.23B), the United States ($5.49B), India ($4.28B) and Saudi Arabia ($3.89B).