South Africa

U.S. Trade with South Africa in 2023

Export Market Rank
#49 Among U.S. Agricultural Export Markets
Total Export Value
$241.38 Million
3-Year Average
$299.95 Million
Compound Average Growth
-0.68% (2014-2023)
Total Export Value 2014 - 2023
Export Value by Commodity 2023

Top 10 Exports to South Africa in 2023

Commodity Total Value (USD) Total Volume (Metric Tons) 10-Year Average Value (USD) 10-Year Growth
Poultry Meat & Prods. (excl. eggs) $43.52 Million 44,874 $55.54 Million 164%
Tree Nuts $21.97 Million 4,472 $22.01 Million -5%
Distilled Spirits $16.82 Million --- $15.35 Million 7%
Dextrins, Peptones, & Proteins $15.6 Million 8,675 $15.59 Million -28%
Food Preparations $14.3 Million 858 $13.62 Million 11%
Beef & Beef Products $14.05 Million 13,143 $8.74 Million 3228%
Planting Seeds $12.1 Million 2,313 $21.88 Million -46%
Vegetable Oils (excl. soybean) $11.87 Million 4,664 $9.07 Million 14%
Coarse Grains (excl. corn) $10.71 Million 40,940 $8.2 Million 122%
Other Intermediate Products $9.76 Million 348 $10.95 Million -25%

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South Africa: Oilseeds and Products Annual

Post forecasts that South Africa’s oilseed area will be maintained at elevated levels in marketing year 2024/25. South Africa’s summer rainfall oilseed crops in marketing year 2023/24 have been affected by an El Niño induced mid-summer drought, resulting in an expected major drop in crop volumes, creating an optimistic outlook for higher crop area in marketing year 2024/25.
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South Africa: Grain and Feed Annual

South Africa’s corn crop in marketing year 2023/24 has been affected by an El Niño induced mid-summer drought, resulting in an expected drop of more than 15 percent in crop volume.
The South African ports have been overwhelmed with challenges in the past few years, causing delays in operations and financial losses. In 2022, the Container Port Performance Index by the World Bank ranked the port of Durban 341 out of 348 ports in the world and the Port of Cape Town was ranked 344.

News and Features

U.S. Department of Agriculture Deputy Secretary Dr. Jewel Bronaugh administered the oath of office today to 14 USDA employees who will serve American agriculture internationally as members of the Foreign Service.
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Secretary Vilsack highlights key USDA accomplishments – including FAS's global leadership – to create more and better markets for U.S. agriculture in 2021.