South Africa swordfish export quantities

In 2019 South Africa shipped 92,168 tonnes of swordfish. In 2019 alone, the market for South Africa swordfish (fish category) has decreased, recording a change of -3.697 percent compared to the year 2018. Between 2017 and 2019, swordfish's exports grew by 19.02 pc bringing the nation US$4.13m for the year 2019. South Africa's swordfish exports are classified as:

  • Frozen fish meat, whether or not minced (excluding fillets) (HS code 030490)
  • Frozen swordfish (Xiphias gladius) (HS code 030361)
  • Fresh or chilled swordfish "Xiphias gladius" (HS code 030247)
  • Fresh or chilled swordfish (Xiphias gladius) (HS code 030267)
  • Frozen fillets of swordfish (Xiphias gladius) (HS code 030421)
  • Frozen fillets of swordfish "Xiphias gladius" (HS code 030484)
  • Fresh or chilled meat, whether or not minced, of swordfish "Xiphias gladius" (excluding fillets) (HS code 030454)
  • Frozen swordfish "Xiphias gladius" (HS code 030357)
  • Fresh or chilled fillets and other meat whether or not minced" of swordfish "Xiphias gladius" (HS code 030411)
  • Fresh or chilled fillets of swordfish "Xiphias gladius" (HS code 030445)


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South Africa swordfish export values

In 2019, South Africa shipped swordfish valued at 4.13m USD, an improvement of 153.06% from 2018's total swordfish export of 1.632m USD. The yearly increase in value of South Africa swordfish between 2017 to 2018 was 228.37 pc.

The annual variation in the volume of South Africa's swordfish exports between 2017 and 2019 was 19.02 per cent when compared to a variation of -3.697% in the growth rate between 2018 and 2019.

South Africa's portion of the world's total swordfish's exports in 2019 was less than 1%. The country is ranked number 30 in world exports of swordfish.


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


Import/Export Trends

South Africa is a net exporter of swordfish. The annual growth of South Africa swordfish in value between 2015 to 2019 was -16%, per annum, while annual growth in quantity for the same period was 3%, per annum.

South Africa imported 23 tonnes of swordfish in 2019.