South Africa cherries export quantities

In 2019 South Africa sold 965,738 tonnes of cherries. Through 2019 alone, the market for South Africa cherries (fruits category) has improved, with a change of 3.169 percent compared to the year 2018. Between 2017 and 2019, cherries' exports grew by 30.76% earning the exporter US$2.19m for the year 2019. South Africa's cherries exports are classified as:

  • Fresh cherries (HS code 080920)
  • Fresh sour cherries "Prunus cerasus" (HS code 080921)
  • Fresh cherries (excluding sour cherries) (HS code 080929)
  • Cherries, prepared or preserved, whether or not containing added sugar or other sweetening matter or spirit (excluding preserved with sugar but not laid in syrup, jams, fruit jellies, marmalades, fruit purée and pastes, obtained by cooking) (HS code 200860)
  • Cherries, fresh (HS code 0809XX)


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South Africa cherries export values

In 2019, South Africa exported cherries valued at 2.19m USD, a reduction of -12.89% from 2018's total cherries export of 2.514m USD. The yearly change in value of South Africa cherries between 2017 to 2018 was 32.246 per cent.

The per year change in the volume of South Africa's cherries exports between 2017 and 2019 was 30.76 per cent when compared to a variation of 3.169% in the growth rate between 2018 and 2019.

South Africa's stake of the world's total cherries' exports in 2019 was 8.5 percent. South Africa is ranked position 5 in world exports of cherries.


Export markets for South Africa cherries ( in '000$ )

South Africa's best performing destinations for cherries are United Kingdom (UK), Tanzania, the Netherlands, Angola and Botswana.


Import/Export Trends

South Africa is a net exporter of cherries. The annual growth of South Africa cherries in value between 2015 to 2019 was 5%, per year, while annual growth in quantity during the same period was 2%, per annum.

South Africa procured 517 tonnes of cherries in 2019.


The production of cherries in South Africa was 2,105 tonnes in 2019 and is projected to change by an average of 2.68%. The country had an estimated 1,350.00 hectares under cherries cultivation.