Pretoria, 30 November 2018 – The South African Revenue Service (SARS) today releases trade statistics for October 2018 recording a trade deficit of R5.55 billion. These statistics include trade data with Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho and Namibia (BELN). The year-to-date (01 January to 31 October 2018) trade deficit of R8.82 billion is a deterioration on the surplus for the comparable period in 2017 of R48.94 billion. Exports year-to-date increased by 6.6% whilst imports for the same period showed an increase of 13.3%.
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