Imports and Exports of Goods and Services for South Africa (% GDP)
Updated on February 12, 2022.

In 2020, South Africa received from exports of goods and services, the equivalent of 27.78% of its gross domestic product (GDP), an increase of 0.44 points compared to 2019; and spent on imports of goods and services, the equivalent of 23.35% of its GDP, a decrease of 3.46 points compared to 2019.

The World Bank defines exports of goods and services as "the value of all goods and other market services provided to the rest of the world" , and defines imports of goods and services as "the value of all goods and other market services received from the rest of the world".

The interactive chart and table below shows the imports and exports of goods and services of South Africa as a percentage of GDP for 1960-2020.

See also: Imports and Exports of South Africa in Current US$.

Data Source: World Bank.
Imports and Exports of Goods and Services for South Africa (% GDP)
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Table of Imports and Exports of Goods & Services for South Africa (% GDP)
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Year Imports (% GDP) Exports (% GDP)
1960 24.56 29.55
1961 21.3 29.32
1962 20.66 29.41
1963 23.19 28.61
1964 25.52 27.44
1965 26.78 25.7
1966 23.14 25.28
1967 24.23 24.57
1968 22.23 25.25
1969 22.47 23
1970 24.64 21.2
1971 25.35 21.28
1972 22.17 24.63
1973 22.1 24.62
1974 27.71 27.16
1975 29.23 26.84
1976 28.07 26.88
1977 24.45 29.31
1978 24.87 31.39
1979 25 34.17
1980 26.55 34.34
1981 29.42 27.47
1982 26.02 25.62
1983 20.35 23.96
1984 22.93 24.69
1985 21.87 30.44
1986 21.08 29.6
1987 19.7 29.31
1988 21.9 28.19
1989 20.72 25.87
1990 18.19 23.5
1991 16.95 21.1
1992 16.78 20.7
1993 15.78 19.91
1994 17.57 19.55
1995 19.44 20.04
1996 20.43 21.78
1997 20.64 21.66
1998 21.52 22.52
1999 19.99 22.27
2000 21.82 24.4
2001 22.81 26.36
2002 25.03 28.43
2003 21.81 23.92
2004 22.89 22.76
2005 23.83 23.6
2006 27.67 26.1
2007 29.17 27.96
2008 33.72 32.26
2009 24.61 24.98
2010 24.62 25.78
2011 26.94 27.7
2012 28.44 27.14
2013 30.5 28.38
2014 30.5 29
2015 29.01 27.71
2016 27.71 28.16
2017 26.2 27.34
2018 27.02 27.49
2019 26.81 27.34
2020 23.35 27.78