03.05.2018

SA agricultural trade sustains a good momentum

In February 2018, the cumulative agricultural exports were valued at R20.89 billion leading to a positive net trade of R3.736 billion. Agricultural exports were dominated by the table grapes, stone-fruit, wine, cuttlefish and tilapia - Sifiso Ntombela, trade economist and Agbiz Head: International Trade and Investment Intelligence

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In February 2018, the cumulative agricultural exports were valued at R20.89 billion leading to a positive net trade of R3.736 billion. Agricultural exports were dominated by the table grapes, stone-fruit, wine, cuttlefish and tilapia. The top five destination markets for agricultural exports were the Netherlands, United Kingdom, Botswana, Namibia and Mozambique. Meanwhile, the agricultural imports were led by wheat, rice, chicken meat and live cattle originating from China, Germany, Namibia and Brazil.

  • In the first two months of 2018, the table grape exports were down by 4 percent as compared to the corresponding period last year. During the same period, plums and peaches were also down by 19.8 and 2.9 percent respectively. The declines can be attributed to the Western Cape’s drought that have affected the quantity and quality of fruits. Similar downward trend was observed in wine exports. Despite the decline in fruits and wine, positive export growths were observed for fish, oilseeds, sugar and others ensuring that the South Africa’s agricultural sector maintains a positive trade balance in February 2018.

  • In February 2018, agricultural imports declined by 5.1 percent compared to the corresponding period last year. Products such as wheat, rice, chicken meat and live cattle were dominating the agricultural imports but at a lesser intensity than the previous year. The top five suppliers of agricultural imports are China, Germany, Thailand, Namibia and Brazil.

View chart: South African agricultural exports and imports cumulative values for 2017 and 2018


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Sifiso Ntombela (
sifiso@agbiz.co.za);   @uSobahle

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