Pretoria, 30 August 2019 – The South African Revenue Service (SARS) today releases trade statistics for July 2019 recording a trade deficit of R2.88 billion. These statistics include trade data with Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho and Namibia (BELN). The year-to-date (01 January to 31 July 2019) trade deficit of R4.35 billion is a deterioration from the R3.81 billion deficit for the comparable period in 2018. Exports increased by 5.6% year-on-year whilst imports for the same period showed an increase of 3.9%.
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