What are the main exports of South Africa?

Principal international trading partners of South Africa—besides other African countries—include Germany, the United StatesChinaJapan, the United Kingdom and Spain. Chief exports include corndiamondsfruitsgold, metals and mineralssugar, and wool.

African trade

Almost 90% of South Africa’s exports to rest of Africa go to the SADC economies. In 2011, South Africa’s trade with the rest of Africa exceeded R220 billion (approx. USD30bn) which amounted to 17% of SA’s total trade with the world. This amounted to a ZAR40bn trade surplus for South Africa compared to a ZAR68bn deficit with Asia. South African exports to the rest of Africa are predominantly of value-added goods. The country’s investment stock in Africa has increased from R14.7 billion in 2001 to R121 billion in 2010, amounting to 21% of its total outward Foreign Direct Investment.