Trade statistics for June 2014

* NOTE TO MEDIA: The inclusion of BLNS country trade data was announced on 14 November 2013 and will be included in all future trade statistics


Trade Statistics Including BLNS data

Pretoria, 31 July 2014 - The South African Revenue Service (SARS) today releases trade statistics that includes trade data with Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia and Swaziland (BLNS) for June 2014 that recorded a trade deficit of R0.19 billion.


Summary   
The R0.19 billion deficit for June 2014 can be attributed to exports of R80.27 billion and imports of R80.46 billion.

Exports increased from May to June by R2.89 billion (3.7%) and imports decreased from May to June by R4.36 billion (5.1%). The cumulative deficit for 2014 is R48.27 billion compared to R35.57 billion in 2013.


Trade Highlights by Category


The month-on-month export movements:

R’ million
 
Section:
Including BLNS:
Vehicles & Transports Equipment
+ R2 593
42.0%
Vegetable Products
+ R1 313
32.7%
Precious Metals & Stones
+ R1 042
9.8%
Chemical Products
+ R 724
15.1%
Base Metals
+ R 523
5.0%
Mineral Products
- R3 383
16.7%


The month-on-month import movements:

R’ million
 
Section:
Including BLNS:
Mineral Products
- R6 000
26.7%
Vehicles & Transport Equipment
+ R 674
8.9%
Base Metals
+ R 563
15.1%
Machinery & Electronics
+ R 518
2.8%



Trade Highlights by World Zone  
  
The world zone results for May 2014 to June 2014 as given below.  

  • Africa: The surplus increased from R13 483 million in May 2014 to R14 547 million in June 2014. Exports increased by   R 22 million to R24 953 million and imports decreased by R1 043 million to R10 406 million.
  • America: The deficit decreased from R1 681 million in May 2014 to R1 513 million in June 2014. Exports increased by R 368 million to R7 411 million and imports increased by R 201 million to R8 924 million.
  • Asia: The deficit decreased from R16 095 million in May 2014 to R10 722 million in June 2014. Exports increased by R1 177 million to R24 813 million and imports decreased by R4 195 million to R35 536 million.
  • Europe: The deficit increased from R6 382 million in May 2014 to R7 423 million in June 2014. Exports increased by R 4 million to R17 041 million and imports increased by R1 046 million to R24 465 million.
  • Oceania: The deficit decreased from R 656 million in May 2014 to R 237 million in June 2014. Exports increased by R 263 million to R 838 million and imports decreased by R 156 million to R1 075 million.

Trade Statistics Excluding BLNS data

* NOTE TO MEDIA: A comparison of Trade Statistics EXCLUDING BLNS data is also provided to the media and the public, which was how monthly trade statistics were issued previously. This is done for the sake of transparency.
 
The trade data excluding BLNS for June 2014 recorded a trade deficit of R8.18 billion.
  
Summary   
The R8.18 billion deficit for June 2014 can be attributed to exports of R70.09 billion and imports of R78.27 billion.
 
Exports increased from May to June by R3.44 billion (5.2%) and imports decreased from May to June by R4.72 billion (5.7%). The cumulative deficit for 2014 is R97.77 billion compared to R74.89 billion in 2013.
 
 
Trade Highlights by Category
 
The month-on-month export movements:
 
R’ million
 
Section:
Excluding BLNS:
Vehicles & Transports Equipment
+ R2 451
50.2%
Vegetable Products
+ R1 331
38.2%
Precious Metals & Stones
+ R1 098
10.8%
Chemical Products
+ R 790
20.2%
Base Metal
+ R 439
4.5%
Mineral Products
- R3 163
17.2%
 

The month-on-month import movements:

R’ million
 
Section:
Excluding BLNS:
Mineral Products
- R5 992
26.7%
Vehicles & Transports Equipment
+ R 651
8.7%
Base Metals
+ R 542  
15.0%
Machinery & Electronics
+ R 508
2.8%
Chemical Products
-  R 506
6.6%

 

Trade Highlights by World Zone  
  
The world zone results for May 2014 to June 2014 as given below.  

  • Africa: The surplus increased from R4 581 million in May 2014 to R6 561 million in June 2014. Exports increased by R 576 million to R14 775 million and imports decreased by R1 403 million to R8 214 million

 

Trade Release Tables

- Trade Release Table (including BLNS)

- Trade Release Table (excluding BLNS)

BLNS Country Trade data only


Trade Statistics between South Africa and BLNS countries—

Trade statistics with the BLNS for June 2014 recorded a trade surplus of R7.99 billion.

  
Summary 
  
The R7.99 billion surplus for June 2014 can be attributed to exports of R10.18 billion and imports of R2.19 billion.

Exports decreased from May to June by R0.55 billion (5.2%) and imports increased from May to June by R0.36 billion (19.7%). 

The cumulative surplus for 2014 is R49.50 billion compared to R39.32 billion in 2013.


Trade Highlights by Category

The month-on-month export movements:

R’ million
 
Section:
BLNS:
Mineral Products
- R 220
11.4%
Machinery & Electronics
- R 131
8.3%
Textiles
- R 105
21.1%
Vehicles & Transport Equipment
+ R 142
11.0%


The month-on-month import movements:

R’ million
 
Section:
BLNS:
Precious Metals & Stones
+ R 250
429.7%
Chemical Products
+ R 57
16.9%
Vehicles & Transport Equipment
+ R 23
120.6%

 

See the Trade Statistics webpage for more information.