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External trade - 3rd Quarter 2013

  Highlights                          
1.      Exports
 
Total export proceeds for the third quarter of 2013 were valued at R 22,481 million, showing an increase of 14.1% compared to the corresponding quarter of 2012. This increase is mainly explained by rises in “Ships stores and bunkers” (+59.2%) and “Fish and fish preparations” (+28.3%).
 
Compared to the previous quarter (quarter 2 of 2013), total exports for the third quarter of 2013 rose by 3.4%, mainly explained by an increase of 4.9% in “Fish and fish preparations” and 3.8% in “Articles of apparel and clothing accessories”, partly offset by a drop of 5.6% in “Ships stores and bunkers”. 
 
Total export proceeds for the first nine months of 2013 were valued at R 64,588 million, representing an increase of 11.4% over the corresponding period of last year. The nine months exports consisted mainly of “Articles of apparel and clothing accessories” (R 17,327 million), “Ships’ stores and bunkers” (R 12,022 million), “Fish and fish preparations” (R 10,955 million) and “Cane sugar” (R 7,249 million).
 
Exports of Export Oriented Enterprises (EOE) for the first nine months of 2013 amounted to R 35,110 million, showing an increase of 5.0% over the corresponding period of 2012.
 
Exports towards our main buyers rose by 56.8% for Italy and 4.1% for USA. However, exports to Spain, South Africa and France dropped by 21.6%, 4.5% and 3.0% respectively.
 
2.      Imports
 
Total imports rose by 7.8% to reach R 41,967 million in the third quarter of 2013 from 
R 38,926 million in the corresponding quarter of 2012. Compared to the previous quarter, imports rose by 8.6% mainly due to higher imports of “Fish and fish preparations” (+23.1%), partly offset by a decrease in “Refined petroleum products” (-8.7%).
 
Total imports for the first nine months of 2013 amounted to R 117,878 million, up by 1.4% over the first nine months of 2012. Imports of “Refined petroleum products”, which amounted to R 23,019 million in the first nine months of 2013, increased by 5.4% when compared to the corresponding period of 2012.
 
The main sources of imports were: India (25.0%), China (14.2%), France (8.1%) and South Africa (6.2%).
 
3.      Balance of trade
 
The trade deficit for the first nine months of 2013 works out to R 53,290 million, 8.6% lower than the deficit of R 58,293 million in the corresponding period of 2012.
 
4.      Forecast 2013
 
Based on recent past trends and indicative information from various sources, total exports for the year 2013 are expected to be of the order of R 87,000 million, against R 170,000 million for imports. Consequently, the trade deficit is expected to be around R 83,000 million.
 
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November 2013