South Africa maize export quantities

In 2019 South Africa shipped 3,044,706,144 tonnes of maize. For the year 2019 alone, the interest in South Africa maize (cereals/grains category) has gone up, changing by 9.406 pc compared to the year 2018. Between 2017 and 2019, maize's exports increased by 16.28% bringing the nation US$4,514.64m for the year 2019. South Africa's maize exports are categorised as:

  • Maize (excluding seed for sowing) (HS code 100590)
  • Maize seed for sowing (HS code 100510)
  • Hulled, pearled, sliced, kibbled or otherwise worked maize grains (excluding rolled, flaked, pellets and flour) (HS code 110423)


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South Africa maize export values

In 2019, South Africa supplied maize with a value of 4,514.64m USD, a reduction of -38.28% from 2018's total maize export of 7314.96m USD. The annual reduction in value of South Africa maize between 2017 to 2018 was -3.839 pc.

The yearly change in the amount of South Africa's maize exports between 2017 and 2019 was 16.28 per cent when compared to a variation of 9.406% in the growth rate between 2018 and 2019.

South Africa's share of the world's total maize's exports in 2019 was less than 1%. South Africa holds position 16 in world exports of maize.


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

South Africa's best performing export markets for maize are Italy, Djibouti, Somalia, Ethiopia and Botswana.


Import/Export Trends

South Africa is a net exporter of maize. The annual growth of South Africa maize in value between 2015 to 2019 was 16%, per annum, while annual growth in quantity through the same period was 8%, per annum.

South Africa imported 9,466,864 tonnes of maize in 2019.


The production of maize in South Africa was 280,102,800 tonnes in 2019 and is estimated to change by an average of -9.52%. The country had an estimated 56,094,336.00 hectares under maize cultivation.