Country Info: South Africa
Bilateral Trade by Sector: United States - South Africa
Value ('1000 dollars), US 'domestic exports' *, US 'imports for consumption' / Includes year-to-date data
Bilateral Trade by Sector: United States - South Africa
Value ('1000 dollars), US 'domestic exports' *, US 'imports for consumption' / Includes year-to-date data
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|Sector||Category||2019||2020||2021||2021 YTD to June||2022 YTD to June|
|Agricultural products||Exports by US||355,489||303,715||285,793||141,334||200,492|
|Imports by US||431,958||438,121||521,398||183,726||233,699|
|AGOA (including GSP provisions) imports by US||325,183||317,922||363,459||104,931||152,794|
|GSP imports by US||24,355||47,758||29,160||11,622||13,830|
|AGOA imports by US||300,828||270,165||334,299||93,309||138,964|
|Forest products||Exports by US||113,089||93,347||138,168||53,718||63,413|
|Imports by US||38,545||30,208||35,704||17,679||18,461|
|AGOA (including GSP provisions) imports by US||9,307||7,551||12,728||4,973||3,826|
|GSP imports by US||8,477||7,313||11,661||4,866||3,001|
|AGOA imports by US||830||237||1,068||107||825|
|Chemicals and related products||Exports by US||882,716||828,714||851,373||414,360||609,988|
|Imports by US||776,383||609,447||1,239,162||729,481||407,237|
|AGOA (including GSP provisions) imports by US||432,230||324,879||384,191||170,628||209,988|
|GSP imports by US||228,770||147,477||89,041||35,761||45,880|
|AGOA imports by US||203,460||177,402||295,150||134,868||164,108|
|Energy-related products||Exports by US||429,704||471,007||576,367||278,206||300,716|
|Imports by US||83,295||80,238||87,528||42,902||46,555|
|AGOA (including GSP provisions) imports by US||13,040||7,397||11,365||4,518||4,535|
|GSP imports by US||932||3|
|AGOA imports by US||12,108||7,394||11,365||4,518||4,535|
|Textiles and apparel||Exports by US||42,766||33,183||36,629||18,806||15,678|
|Imports by US||28,555||26,284||32,741||14,490||12,912|
|AGOA (including GSP provisions) imports by US||10,112||9,241||10,531||4,491||3,520|
|GSP imports by US||1,167||925||752||454||314|
|AGOA imports by US||8,945||8,316||9,779||4,037||3,206|
|Footwear||Exports by US||1,600||748||402||231||328|
|Imports by US||375||773||1,839||835||1,612|
|AGOA (including GSP provisions) imports by US||180||712||576||284||355|
|GSP imports by US|
|AGOA imports by US||180||712||576||284||355|
|Minerals and metals||Exports by US||511,195||424,529||826,079||455,397||278,936|
|Imports by US||5,077,689||7,380,134||11,283,328||5,473,020||4,616,429|
|AGOA (including GSP provisions) imports by US||500,458||307,844||512,488||220,731||275,286|
|GSP imports by US||197,297||184,769||102,448||43,162||62,247|
|AGOA imports by US||303,162||123,075||410,040||177,569||213,039|
|Machinery||Exports by US||650,191||507,163||599,484||288,951||409,124|
|Imports by US||327,670||300,995||403,924||211,698||262,339|
|AGOA (including GSP provisions) imports by US||30,279||18,579||10,064||6,421||5,684|
|GSP imports by US||26,193||15,514||6,677||4,819||4,114|
|AGOA imports by US||4,086||3,065||3,386||1,603||1,570|
|Transportation equipment||Exports by US||1,422,378||975,927||1,289,695||615,459||724,567|
|Imports by US||602,207||711,992||1,040,582||577,645||628,893|
|AGOA (including GSP provisions) imports by US||155,243||102,698||165,591||67,135||61,401|
|GSP imports by US||136,258||93,052||46,032||26,303||13,771|
|AGOA imports by US||18,985||9,646||119,559||40,833||47,630|
|Electronic products||Exports by US||644,115||497,194||583,737||270,768||339,104|
|Imports by US||80,053||76,958||80,647||40,144||44,427|
|AGOA (including GSP provisions) imports by US||18,353||10,204||11,121||4,285||5,450|
|GSP imports by US||13,833||4,706||1,623||919||300|
|AGOA imports by US||4,520||5,499||9,498||3,366||5,150|
|Miscellaneous manufactures||Exports by US||83,461||49,981||60,464||29,403||42,355|
|Imports by US||230,043||1,601,271||881,293||383,954||1,129,075|
|AGOA (including GSP provisions) imports by US||145,422||236,092||427,764||207,964||231,111|
|GSP imports by US||113,974||207,919||330,621||162,253||172,583|
|AGOA imports by US||31,447||28,172||97,143||45,711||58,528|
|Special provisions||Total exports||230,730||189,773||231,023||114,031||126,814|
|AGOA (including GSP provisions) imports|
|All Sectors||Exports by US||5,367,433||4,375,282||5,479,214||2,680,665||3,111,514|
|Imports by US||7,794,518||11,361,006||15,725,971||7,717,317||7,491,271|
|AGOA (including GSP provisions) imports by US||1,639,808||1,343,119||1,909,879||796,363||953,949|
|GSP imports by US||751,257||709,437||618,016||290,158||316,038|
|AGOA imports by US||888,550||633,682||1,291,863||506,205||637,911|
US Department of Commerce
Note: empty fields denote ‘no trade’, NE means ‘not eligible’
* “Domestic exports” (by the US) measures goods that are grown, produced, or manufactured in the United States, and commodities of foreign origin that have been changed in the United States. Goods may be changed in a US FTZ, from the form in which they were imported, or they may be enhanced in value or improved in condition by further processing or manufacturing in the United States.
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South Africa is a middle-income emerging market with an abundant supply of natural resources; well-developed financial, legal, communications, energy, and transport sectors; and a stock exchange that is Africa’s largest and among the top 20 in the world.
Economic growth has decelerated in recent years, slowing to an estimated 0.7% in 2017. Unemployment, poverty, and inequality - among the highest in the world - remain a challenge. Official unemployment is roughly 27% of the workforce, and runs significantly higher among black youth.
Even though the country's modern infrastructure supports a relatively efficient distribution of goods to major urban centers throughout the region, unstable electricity supplies retard growth. Eskom, the state-run power company, is building three new power stations and is installing new power demand management programs to improve power grid reliability but has been plagued with accusations of mismanagement and corruption and faces an increasingly high debt burden.
South Africa's economic policy has focused on controlling inflation while empowering a broader economic base; however, the country faces structural constraints that also limit economic growth, such as skills shortages, declining global competitiveness, and frequent work stoppages due to strike action.
The government faces growing pressure from urban constituencies to improve the delivery of basic services to low-income areas, to increase job growth, and to provide university level-education at affordable prices. Political infighting among South Africa’s ruling party and the volatility of the rand risks economic growth.
International investors are concerned about the country’s long-term economic stability; in late 2016, most major international credit ratings agencies downgraded South Africa’s international debt to junk bond status.
sugar cane, maize, milk, potatoes, grapes, poultry, oranges, wheat, soybeans, beef
mining (world's largest producer of platinum, gold, chromium), automobile assembly, metalworking, machinery, textiles, iron and steel, chemicals, fertilizer, foodstuffs, commercial ship repair
Industrial production growth rate
1.2% (2017 est.)
(Source: World Factbook, 2021)
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