South Africa sweet potatoes export quantities

In 2019 South Africa shipped 831,501 tonnes of sweet potatoes. Across 2019 alone, the market for South Africa sweet potatoes (tubers category) has improved, with a change of 5.706 percent compared to the year 2018. Between 2017 and 2019, sweet potatoes' exports grew by 13.22% netting the nation US$3.92m for the year 2019. South Africa's sweet potatoes exports are categorised as:

  • Sweet potatoes, fresh, chilled, frozen or dried, whether or not sliced or in the form of pellets (HS code 071420)


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South Africa sweet potatoes export values

In 2019, South Africa sold sweet potatoes with a value of 3.92m USD, an increment of 199.92% from 2018's total sweet potatoes export of 1.307m USD. The annual increase in value of South Africa sweet potatoes between 2017 to 2018 was -45.813 pc.

The per year variation in the amount of South Africa's sweet potatoes exports between 2017 and 2019 was 13.22 pc when compared to a variation of 5.706% in the growth rate between 2018 and 2019.

South Africa's share of the world's total sweet potatoes' exports in 2019 was less than 1%. The country is ranked position 44 in world exports of sweet potatoes.


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

South Africa's top destinations for sweet potatoes are the Netherlands, United Kingdom (UK), Namibia, Botswana and Portugal.


Import/Export Trends

South Africa is a net importer of sweet potatoes. The annual growth of South Africa sweet potatoes in value between 2015 to 2019 was -15%, per year, while annual growth in quantity was -12%, per annum.

South Africa procured 112 tonnes of sweet potatoes in 2019.


The production of sweet potatoes in South Africa was 88,692 tonnes in 2019 and is estimated to change by an average of 2.91%. The country had approximately 32,112.00 hectares under sweet potatoes cultivation.