South Africa potatoes export quantities

In 2019 South Africa sold 13,302,990 tonnes of potatoes. Through 2019 alone, the interest in South Africa potatoes (tubers category) has improved, changing by 39.656 per cent compared to the year 2018. Between 2017 and 2019, potatoes' exports increased by 47.78 percent netting South Africa US$91.11m for the year 2019. South Africa's potatoes exports are classified as:

  • Potatoes, prepared or preserved otherwise than by vinegar or acetic acid (excluding frozen) (HS code 200520)
  • Potatoes, uncooked or cooked by steaming or by boiling in water, frozen (HS code 071010)
  • Fresh or chilled potatoes (excluding seed) (HS code 070190)
  • Potatoes, prepared or preserved otherwise than by vinegar or acetic acid, frozen (HS code 200410)


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South Africa potatoes export values

In 2019, South Africa supplied potatoes with a value of 91.11m USD, a contraction of -5.42% from 2018's total potatoes export of 96.331m USD. The annual change in value of South Africa potatoes between 2017 to 2018 was 1.305 percent.

The yearly variation in the quantity of South Africa's potatoes exports between 2017 and 2019 was 47.78% compared to a variation of 39.656% in the period between 2018 and 2019.

South Africa's share of the world's total potatoes' exports in 2019 was less than 1%. South Africa holds number 31 in world exports of potatoes.


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

South Africa's top export markets for potatoes are Botswana, Zambia, Namibia, Swaziland (Eswatini) and Mozambique.


Import/Export Trends

South Africa is a net importer of potatoes. The annual growth of South Africa potatoes in value between 2015 to 2019 was -62%, per year, while annual growth in quantity was -63%, per annum.

South Africa imported 22,595 tonnes of potatoes in 2019.


The production of potatoes in South Africa was 10,023,100 tonnes in 2019 and is estimated to change by an average of 1.54%. The country had an estimated 273,392.00 hectares under potatoes cultivation.