Current account balance

(billion US dollars)

In 2017, current account balance in South Africa was -8.6 billion US dollars. In the ranking by current account balance including 189 countries, South Africa has the 172nd rank that is close to the positions of such countries as Romania and the Brazil. Compared to Germany which at the top of the ranking with current account balance of 291 billion US dollars in 2017, South Africa has 102.95 % percent lower current account balance.

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Current account is all transactions other than those in financial and capital items. The major classifications are goods and services, income and current transfers. The focus of the BOP is on transactions (between an economy and the rest of the world) in goods, services, and income.