South Africa fish export quantities

In 2019 South Africa exported 3,944,071 tonnes of fish. For the year 2019 alone, the interest in South Africa fish (fish category) has reduced, flactuating by -2.929 percent compared to the year 2018. Between 2017 and 2019, fish's exports reduced by -16.19% bringing the country US$62.47m for the year 2019. South Africa's fish exports are categorised as:

  • Fish, salted or in brine only (excluding fillets, offal, herring, cod, anchovies, tilapia, catfish, carp, eels, Nile perch and snakeheads) (HS code 030569)
  • Prepared or preserved fish (excluding whole or in pieces) (HS code 160420)
  • Fresh or chilled freshwater and saltwater fish (excluding salmonidae, flat fish, tunas, skipjack or stripe-bellied bonito, herrings, cod, sardines, sardinella, brisling or sprats, haddock, coalfish, mackerel, sharks, eels, swordfish and toothfish) (HS code 030269)
  • Dried fish, even salted but not smoked (excluding fillets, offal and cod) (HS code 030559)
  • Prepared or preserved fish, whole or in pieces (excluding minced, merely smoked, and salmon, herrings, sardines, sardinella, brisling or sprats, tunas, skipjack, bonito "sarda spp.", mackerel, anchovies and eels) (HS code 160419)
  • Fresh or chilled fish, n.e.s. (HS code 030289)
  • Frozen fish, n.e.s. (HS code 030389)
  • Frozen freshwater and saltwater fish (excluding salmonidae, flat fish, tunas, skipjack or stripe-bellied bonito, herrings, cod, swordfish, toothfish, sardines, sardinella, brisling or sprats, haddock, coalfish, mackerel, dogfish and other sharks, eels, sea bass and hake) (HS code 030379)
  • Smoked fish, incl. fillets (excluding offal, Pacific salmon, Atlantic salmon, Danube salmon, herring, trout, tilapia, catfish, carp, eels, Nile perch and snakeheads) (HS code 030549)

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South Africa fish export values

In 2019, South Africa supplied fish worth 62.47m USD, an improvement of 13.60% from 2018's total fish export of 54.99m USD. The yearly growth in value of South Africa fish between 2017 to 2018 was -22.063 percent.

The annual change in the amount of South Africa's fish exports between 2017 and 2019 was -16.19% in comparison to a variation of -2.929% in the period between 2018 and 2019.

South Africa's share of the world's total fish's exports in 2019 was less than 1%. South Africa is ranked position 24 in world exports of fish.

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

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Import/Export Trends

South Africa is a net importer of fish. The annual growth of South Africa fish in value between 2015 to 2019 was 5%, per year, while annual growth in quantity was %, per annum.

South Africa purchased 15,118 tonnes of fish in 2019.