31 May 2021 – The South African Revenue Service (SARS) today releases trade statistics for April 2021 recording a trade balance surplus of R51.24 billion. These statistics include trade data with Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho and Namibia (BELN). The year-to-date (01 January to 30 April 2021) trade surplus of R147.83 billion is an improvement from the R4.41 billion deficit for the comparable period in 2020. Exports increased by 213.4% year-on-year whilst imports increased by 25.8% over the same period.
The R51.24 billion trade surplus for April 2021 is attributable to exports of R161.47 billion and imports of R110.23 billion. Exports decreased by R6.61 billion (3.9%) between March and April 2021 and imports decreased by R5.29 billion (4.6%) over the same period. For the full statement, click here, or visit the Trade Statistics webpage.