Pretoria, 31 August 2017 – The South African Revenue Service (SARS) today releases trade statistics for July 2017 recording a trade balance surplus of R8.99 billion. These statistics include trade data with Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia and Swaziland (BLNS). The year-to-date trade balance surplus (01 January to 31 July 2017) of R36.63 billion is an improvement on the deficit for the comparable period in 2016 of R4.70 billion. Exports for the year-to-date grew by 4.4% whilst imports for the same period declined by 2.2%.
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