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Determining South Africa’s export potential to Australia: A panel data approach

Andre Cillie Jordaan
South African Journal of Economic and Management Sciences | Vol 18, No 3 | a561 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/sajems.v18i3.561 | © 2015 Andre Cillie Jordaan | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 18 March 2013 | Published: 25 August 2015

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Andre Cillie Jordaan, University of Pretoria, South Africa

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This study explores South Africa’s exports to Australia from 2000 to 2012, using both a static and a dynamic augmented gravity model. Sectors with export potential are identified, whether these are reliable and stable is considered. The largest export potential includes the apparel sectors as well as the basic metals, communication, furniture, glass, iron, leather, motor, paper and printing sectors. The most stable and reliable export sectors are the motor, machinery, iron, basic chemicals and food sectors. Although these sectors could target the promotion of South African exports, South Africa could also serve as an important source country for Australia in strengthening ties with the African continent. 

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