South Africa cotton seeds export quantities

In 2019 South Africa exported 2,055,054 tonnes of cotton seeds. For the year 2019 alone, the interest in South Africa cotton seeds (oil seeds category) has escalated, with a change of 4.54 pc compared to the year 2018. Between 2017 and 2019, cotton seeds' exports went down by -4.69% netting the nation US$0.05m for the year 2019. South Africa's cotton seeds exports are categorised as:

  • Cotton seeds, whether or not broken (HS code 120720)
  • Cotton seeds (excluding for sowing) (HS code 120729)
  • Cotton seeds for sowing (HS code 120721)


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South Africa cotton seeds export values

In 2019, South Africa shipped cotton seeds costing 0.05m USD, a contraction of -7.41% from 2018's total cotton seeds export of 0.054m USD. The annual change in value of South Africa cotton seeds between 2017 to 2018 was -91.06 percent.

The per year change in the amount of South Africa's cotton seeds exports between 2017 and 2019 was -4.69 per cent in comparison to a variation of 4.54% in the period between 2018 and 2019.

South Africa's share of the world's total cotton seeds' exports in 2019 was less than 1%. The country holds number 35 in world exports of cotton seeds.


Export markets for South Africa cotton seeds ( in '000$ )

South Africa's best performing destinations for cotton seeds are Namibia, Lesotho, DRC Congo, Botswana and Switzerland.


Import/Export Trends

South Africa is a net exporter of cotton seeds. The annual growth of South Africa cotton seeds in value between 2015 to 2019 was 30%, per annum, while annual growth in quantity through the same period was 26%, per annum.

South Africa bought 35,892 tonnes of cotton seeds in 2019.


The production of cotton seeds in South Africa was 439,848 tonnes in 2019 and is forecast to change by an average of -27.95%. The country had approximately 148,812.00 hectares under cotton seeds cultivation.