WHAT WE TRADE
Israel is a relatively minor trade partner and the relationship is heavily skewed in favour of South Africa, according to statistics from the department of trade and industry.
The trade relationship is, however, concentrated in very particular sectors.
While South Africa exports about R6 billion worth of goods to Israel each year, it imports about half of that.
Israel is the destination for more than a 10th of South Africa’s diamond exports, worth about R2.5 billion a year. The country also buys more than R2 billion worth of South African coal a year.
The two mineral products make up 85% of South African exports to Israel, while food and beverages make up much of the balance.
South Africa’s major imports from Israel are insecticides and chemical fertilisers, as well as machinery for farming and irrigation.
These made up about 50% of the R2.8 billion in imports from Israel last year.
The balance includes medical electronic equipment, R160 million in non-woven textiles, about R260 million in plastic packaging material and about R56 million in prepared foodstuffs ranging from sweets to prepackaged sauces.