Top South African Import Partners

Formerly called Zuid-Afrika, South Africa continues to battle international trade constraints presented by its geographic location particularly in relation to top South African import partners. Overall, South Africa shipped US$81.5 billion worth of products around the globe in 2015. That figure represents less than one half of one percent of total global exports estimated at […]

Top African Export Countries

Exports from Africa were worth US$373.1 billion in 2015, down by -39.8% since 2011 and down by -34.9% from 2014. African exports represent an estimated 2.3% of total world exports which were $16.239 trillion during 2015. Based on statistics from the International Monetary Fund’s World Economic Outlook Database, the total Gross Domestic Product for African […]

South Africa’s Top 10 Exports

Exports from South Africa amounted to US$81.5 billion in 2015, down -24.5% since 2011 and down -10% from 2014 to 2015. South Africa’s top 10 exports accounted for 73.2% of the overall value of its global shipments. Based on statistics from the International Monetary Fund’s World Economic Outlook Database, South Africa’s total Gross Domestic Product […]

Nigeria’s Top 10 Exports

Exports from Nigeria plunged to US$53.8 billion during 2015, down -57.2% since 2011. Year over year, Nigerian exports dipped -47.7% from 2014 to 2015. Nigeria’s top 10 exports accounted for 98.5% of the overall value of its global shipments, with oil accounting for the largest share of that percentage. Based on statistics from the International […]

South Africa’s Top 10 Imports

South African imports amounted to US$85.7 billion in 2015, down -16.5% since 2011 and -14.2% from 2014 to 2015. South Africa’s top 10 imports accounted for over three-fifths (61.9%) of the overall value of its product purchases from other countries. South African imports represent 0.5% of total global imports which totaled $18.729 trillion. From a […]

Fastest-Growing African Export Countries

After analyzing 2015 export data, we found 3 African countries that more than doubled their export sales from 2011 to 2015: British Indian Ocean Territories (up 115%), Sierra Leone (up 104%) and Cameroon (up 102.7%). Overall, the average decline in the total value of shipments out of Africa was -40.2% over the 5-year period. There […]

Fastest-Growing South African Export Products

Only two of the 10 fastest-growing South African export product categories posted at least a triple-digit gain from 2011 to 2015, led by vegetable plaiting materials. Overall, South African exports fell in value by -35.5% over the 5-year period. Please note that this analysis is at the 2-digit Harmonized Tariff System code level, which is […]

Fastest-Growing Nigerian Export Products

Nine of the fastest-growing Nigerian export product categories posted triple-digit gains from 2011 to 2015. Nigeria’s exported gems and precious metals and meat or seafood preparations appreciated in value by over 1,000%. Overall, Nigerian exports averaged a -59.5% decline over the 5-year period. Please note that this analysis is at the 2-digit Harmonized Tariff System […]