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.