South Africa octopus export quantities

In 2019 South Africa exported 322,773 tonnes of octopus. For 2019 alone, the demand for South Africa octopus (seafood category) has decreased, recording a change of -3.855 percent compared to the year 2018. Between 2017 and 2019, octopus' exports went down by -5.65 pc bringing South Africa US$0.85m for the year 2019. South Africa's octopus exports are categorised as:

  • Octopus "Octopus spp.", live, fresh or chilled (HS code 030751)
  • Octopus "Octopus spp.", smoked, frozen, dried, salted or in brine (HS code 030759)
  • Octopus "Octopus spp.", frozen (HS code 030752)
  • Octopus, prepared or preserved (excluding smoked) (HS code 160555)


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South Africa octopus export values

In 2019, South Africa sold octopus with a value of 0.85m USD, a reduction of -43.30% from 2018's total octopus export of 1.499m USD. The annual reduction in value of South Africa octopus between 2017 to 2018 was 46.961 per cent.

The annual/yearly variation in the volume of South Africa's octopus exports between 2017 and 2019 was -5.65 pc when compared to a variation of -3.855% in the growth rate between 2018 and 2019.

South Africa's stake of the world's total octopus' exports in 2019 was less than 1%. The country is ranked position 5 in world exports of octopus.


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


Import/Export Trends

South Africa is a net exporter of octopus. The annual growth of South Africa octopus in value between 2015 to 2019 was 253%, per year, while annual growth in quantity through the same period was -9%, per annum.

South Africa bought 56 tonnes of octopus in 2019.