South African imports amounted to US$85.7 billion in 2015, down -16.5% since 2011 and -14.2% from 2014 to 2015. South Africa's top 10 imports accounted for over three-fifths (61.9%) of the overall value of its product purchases from other countries.
South African imports represent 0.5% of total global imports which totaled $18.729 trillion.
From a continental perspective, 45.2% of South Afric's total imports by value in 2015 were purchased from Asian countries. European trade partners supplied 31.3% of import sales to South Africa while 10.8% worth originated from fellow African nations. North American exporters accounted for 8.2% of South Africa’s imports.
Given South Africa's population of 53.7 million people, its total $85.7 billion in 2015 imports translates to roughly $1,597 in yearly product demand from every person in the country.
Global exports of consumer electronics grew from ZAR4.6trn in 2004 to ZAR11trn in 2013, growing by an average annual growth rate of 10% during this period.
China was the leading source market for consumer electronics in 2013, accounting for almost 40% and valued at ZAR4.3trn.
South Afric's trade of consumer electronics increased by 35% to reach ZAR7.1bn in 2013 from ZAR5.2bn in 2012.