South Africa pepper export quantities

In 2019 South Africa shipped 1,084,450 tonnes of pepper. In 2019 alone, the market for South Africa pepper (herbs and spices category) has escalated, with a change of 749.004 pc compared to the year 2018. Between 2017 and 2019, pepper's exports increased by 13.21 pc netting the nation US$36.09m for the year 2019. South Africa's pepper exports are classified as:

  • Pepper (Capsicum or Pimenta), dried, crushed or ground (HS code 0904XX)
  • Pepper of the genus Piper, crushed or ground (HS code 090412)
  • Pepper of the genus Piper, neither crushed nor ground (HS code 090411)


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South Africa pepper export values

In 2019, South Africa supplied pepper with a value of 36.09m USD, a decrease of -5.02% from 2018's total pepper export of 37.996m USD. The annual reduction in value of South Africa pepper between 2017 to 2018 was -8.549 per cent.

The annual/yearly change in the volume of South Africa's pepper exports between 2017 and 2019 was 13.21% in comparison to a variation of 749.004% in the period between 2018 and 2019.

South Africa's stake of the world's total pepper's exports in 2019 was 1.4 percent. South Africa is ranked position 14 in world exports of pepper.


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

South Africa's top export markets for pepper are Botswana, the Netherlands, Ireland, United Kingdom (UK) and Canada.


Import/Export Trends

South Africa is a net exporter of pepper. The annual growth of South Africa pepper in value between 2015 to 2019 was 20%, per year, while annual growth in quantity for the same period was 34%, per annum.

South Africa bought 8,594 tonnes of pepper in 2019.


The production of pepper in South Africa was 56,571 tonnes in 2019 and is predicted to change by an average of 1.33%. The country had approximately 45,252.00 hectares under pepper cultivation.