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External Trade - 4th Quarter 2013

1.    Exports
Total export proceeds for the fourth quarter of 2013, including domestic exports1, re-exports2 and ship’s stores and bunkers amounted to R 23,560 million, showing increases of 4.8% and 8.6% compared to the previous quarter and corresponding quarter respectively.
For the year 2013, exports were valued at R 88,148 million, representing an increase of 10.7% over the 2012 figure of R 79,658.  This increase is mainly explained by rises in “Machinery and transport equipment” (+53.7%), “Ships’ stores and bunkers” (+31.7%), “Cane sugar” (+16.6%) and “Fish and fish preparations” (+14.7%), partly offset by a fall in “Articles of apparel & clothing accessories” (-2.1%).
Exports of Export Oriented Enterprises (EOE) for the year 2013 amounted to R 46,851 million, showing an increase of 2.7% over 2012.
Comparison of exports figures for 2013 with those of 2012 shows that exports towards our main buyers rose for Italy (31.8%) and U.S.A (8.0%) but declined for Spain (13.7%), South Africa (9.8%), United Kingdom (4.2%), Madagascar (2.8%) and France (1.4%).
2.    Imports
Total imports for the fourth quarter of 2013 reached R 47,200 million, showing increases of 12.3% over the previous quarter of 2013 and 5.5% when compared to the corresponding quarter of 2012.
For the year 2013, imports amounted to R 165,661 million, up by 2.9% from R 160,996 million in 2012. This increase is mainly due to increases in imports of “Fish and fish preparations” (+8.2%) and “Refined petroleum products” (+6.8%).
The following changes were noted for imports: Spain (+19.5%), India (+7.6%), China (-5.9%) and South Africa (-2.9%).
3.    Balance of trade
The trade deficit for 2013 works out to R 77,513 million, 4.7% lower than the deficit of R 81,338 million for 2012.
4.            Forecast 2014
Based on recent past trends and indicative information from various sources, total exports for the year 2014 are expected to be of the order of R 91,000 million, against R 175,000 million for imports. Consequently, the trade deficit is expected to be around R 84,000 million.
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