South Africa Trade Balance

South Africa
ZAR, South African rand
Medium R15.939 B R6.648 B
R-35.946 B
Last release Importance Actual Forecast
R5.139 B
R15.939 B
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South Africa's Trade Balance measures the difference between exports and imports over the reporting period, expressed in South African rand. Economists use the indicator to evaluate the structure and intensity of trade flows between countries. The indicator is published monthly by the South African Revenue Service.

South Africa's main foreign trade partners are China, Germany, the USA, Great Britain, India and Nigeria. The main export items are gold and diamonds, while imports are oil and oil products.

When exports exceed imports, a trade surplus is formed. It is an indication of high production level. It also shows that the nation produces more goods and services than it can consume.

The impact of South African imports on rand quotes is ambiguous and depends on the context of business cycles and other economic indicators, such as production dynamics. For example, in economy recession conditions, countries begin to export more in order to create jobs. In South Africa the surplus is considered as favorable, and thus the index growth can be seen as positive for the ZAR quotes.

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The chart of the entire available history of the "South Africa Trade Balance" macroeconomic indicator. The dashed line shows the forecast values ​​of the economic indicator for the specified dates.

A significant deviation of a real value from a forecast one may cause a short-term strengthening or weakening of a national currency in the Forex market. The threshold values ​​of the indicators signaling the approach of the critical state of the national (local) economy occupy a special place.

Date (GMT)
May 2020
R15.939 B
R6.648 B
R-35.946 B
Apr 2020
R-35.015 B
R-7.078 B
R23.938 B
Mar 2020
R24.248 B
R6.654 B
R13.711 B
Feb 2020
R14.152 B
R4.884 B
R-2.721 B
Jan 2020
R-1.867 B
R-7.331 B
R13.894 B
Dec 2019
R14.846 B
R8.609 B
R5.644 B
Nov 2019
R6.097 B
R2.752 B
Oct 2019
R3.09 B
R4.53 B
Sep 2019
R5.16 B
R4.54 B
Aug 2019
R6.84 B
R-3.72 B
Jul 2019
R-2.88 B
R5.54 B
Jun 2019
R4.42 B
R1.7 B
May 2019
R1.74 B
R-3.53 B
Apr 2019
R-3.43 B
R4.71 B
Mar 2019
R5 B
R3.87 B
Feb 2019
R3.99 B
R-13.07 B
Jan 2019
R-13.08 B
R16.7 B
Dec 2018
R17.17 B
R3.29 B
Nov 2018
R3.49 B
R-4.29 B
Oct 2018
R-5.55 B
R-3.83 B
Sep 2018
R-2.95 B
R8.77 B
Aug 2018
R8.79 B
R-5.29 B
Jul 2018
R-4.66 B
R11.89 B
Jun 2018
R12 B
R3.84 B
May 2018
R3.52 B
R1.17 B
Apr 2018
R1.14 B
R9.3 B
Mar 2018
R9.47 B
R-0.6 B
Feb 2018
R0.43 B
R-27.1 B
Jan 2018
R-27.7 B
R15.3 B
Dec 2017
R15.72 B
R13.05 B
Nov 2017
R13.02 B
R4.34 B
Oct 2017
R4.56 B
R4.48 B
Sep 2017
R4 B
R5.98 B
Aug 2017
R5.94 B
R9.33 B
Jul 2017
R8.99 B
R10.56 B
Jun 2017
R10.67 B
R7.22 B
May 2017
R9.49 B
R4.97 B
Apr 2017
R5.1 B
R11.3 B
Mar 2017
R11.4 B
R4.78 B
Feb 2017
R5.22 B
R-11.22 B
Jan 2017
R-10.81 B
R12.04 B
Dec 2016
R12.04 B
R-1.68 B
Nov 2016
R-1.09 B
R-3.91 B
Oct 2016
R-4.41 B
R6.9 B
Sep 2016
R6.7 B
R-8.9 B
Aug 2016
R-8.56 B
R5.04 B
Jul 2016
R5.22 B
R12.47 B
Jun 2016
R12.53 B
R18.36 B
May 2016
R18.73 B
R-0.13 B
Apr 2016
R0.43 B
R2.03 B

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