South Africa natural rubber export quantities

In 2019 South Africa sold 9,385,477 tonnes of natural rubber. Across 2019 alone, the demand for South Africa natural rubber (processed category) has reduced, flactuating by -2.3 pc compared to the year 2018. Between 2017 and 2019, natural rubber's exports decreased by -6.18% earning South Africa US$2.66m for the year 2019. South Africa's natural rubber exports are classified as:

  • Smoked sheets of natural rubber (HS code 400121)
  • Natural rubber in primary forms or in plates, sheets or strip (excluding smoked sheets, technically specified natural rubber "TSNR" and natural rubber latex, whether or not prevulcanised) (HS code 400129)
  • Balata, gutta-percha, guayule, chicle and similar natural gums, in primary forms or in plates, sheets or strip (excluding natural rubber, whether or not prevulcanised) (HS code 400130)
  • Natural rubber latex, whether or not prevulcanised (HS code 400110)
  • Technically specified natural rubber "TSNR" (HS code 400122)

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South Africa natural rubber export values

In 2019, South Africa supplied natural rubber worth 2.66m USD, an improvement of 21.02% from 2018's total natural rubber export of 2.198m USD. The annual increase in value of South Africa natural rubber between 2017 to 2018 was 175.439 per cent.

The annual/yearly change in the quantity of South Africa's natural rubber exports between 2017 and 2019 was -6.18 pc compared to a variation of -2.3% in the period between 2018 and 2019.

South Africa's share of the world's total natural rubber's exports in 2019 was less than 1%. The country is ranked position 21 in world exports of natural rubber.

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Export markets for South Africa natural rubber ( in '000$ )

South Africa's top destinations for natural rubber are Zimbabwe, Swaziland (Eswatini), Australia, Mozambique and Kenya.

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Import/Export Trends

South Africa is a net importer of natural rubber. The annual growth of South Africa natural rubber in value between 2015 to 2019 was -15%, per year, while annual growth in quantity during the same period was -28%, per annum.

South Africa brought in 43,994 tonnes of natural rubber in 2019.