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Bilateral Trade Relations Between South Africa and Turkey

Bilateral Trade Relations

Turkey is one of South Africa’s largest trade and investment partner in Central and Eastern Europe. Bilateral trade volume between SA and Turkey increased by 39% and reached to US$ 669 million for the period of Jan-June 2011 which was US$ 482 million for the same period of 2010.

During Jan-June 2011, the top 20 South African export products to Turkey were as follows;

Gold; mineral fuels-mineral oils and product of their distillation; centrifuges; chromium ores and concentrates; Flat-rolled products of stainless steel; organic chemicals; ferro alloys; pig iron and spiegeleisen; residues & waste from the food industries; inorganic chemicals; Steam turbines and other vapour turbine; Parts and accessories for tractors, motor vehicles for the transport of ten or more persons, motor cars; Steam or other vapour generating boilers; Wool and other animal hair; Machinery for sorting, screening, separating, washing, crushing, grinding, mixing or kneading earth, stone, ores; Electrical machinery and equipment; Tanning extracts of vegetable origin; Salt-sulpher-earths & stone; Unmanufactured tobacco; aluminum and articles.

In the first half of 2011, the top 20 products imported by South Africa from Turkey included the following;

Parts and accessories for tractors; Steel and iron bars and rods; carpets and other textile floor coverings; Motor cars and other motor vehicles designed for the transport of persons; Tractors; Dishwashing machines; New pneumatic tyres of rubber; Impregnated and coated fabrics textile articles; Organic surface-active agents; Paper products; Household or laundry type washing machines; Natural stones; Essential oils; Piston engine; Furniture; Electrical machinery;  Iron and Steel wire, ropes, cables; Transmission shafts; non-woven special fabrics


In order to boost and facilitate trade and investment the following agreements were signed:

  •   Agreement Concerning the Reciprocal Promotion and Protection of Investments;

  •   Agreement on Co-operation in the Field of Tourism;

  •   Trade and Economic Co-operation Agreement;

  •   Agreement on the Avoidance of Double Taxation and the Prevention of Fiscal Evasion with Respect to Taxes on Income; and

  •   Mutual Assistance on Customs Agreement.
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South African Embassy
Trade Section:
Mr Jonathan D Passmoor, First Secretary
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