Pretoria, 31 October 2018 – The South African Revenue Service (SARS) today releases trade statistics for September 2018 recording a trade deficit of R2.95 billion. These statistics include trade data with Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho and Namibia (BELN). The year-to-date (01 January to 30 September 2018) trade deficit of R0.33 billion is a deterioration on the surplus for the comparable period in 2017 of R44.89 billion. Exports year-to-date increased by 5.6% whilst imports for the same period showed an increase of 11.5%.
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