Austrade strongly recommends confirming them before the sale in South Africa. In 1947, South Africa and Australia began diplomatic relations and maintained very close political and economic relations. When campaigns for South Africa`s international isolation intensified in the 1970s and 1980s, successive Australian governments firmly brought Australia into the anti-apartheid camp, supported UN resolutions against apartheid, and implemented the oil embargo, trade and arms embargo and sports boycott against South Africa.  South Africa is Australia`s 21st largest trading partner and 16th largest merchandise export market. In 2007, trade in two ongoing goods was estimated at AUD 3.88 billion. Australia`s exports to South Africa amounted to AUD 2.53 billion (mainly pharmaceuticals, meat and civil engineering) and Australian imports from South Africa amounted to AUD 1.35 billion, particularly passenger cars (mainly BMW 3 vehicles) worth AUD 663 million, as well as cast iron and auto parts.  Australia`s Trade at a Glance – Australia`s Top Ten Trading Partners Tariffs and Tariffs are constantly revised and can be amended without notice. Austrade strongly recommends confirming them again before being sold in South Africa. By the early 2000s, Australia`s trade with South Africa had become more liberalized and, along with India, played an important role in the Indian Ocean Rim Association for Regional Cooperation. The Australian Trade Commission (Austrade) is the Australian government agency that helps Australian companies attract companies abroad for their products and services based on the time, costs and risks associated with the selection, entry and development of international markets. Here you will find information on messages, country letters, economic data sheets, country trade agreements, aid programmes, sanctions, etc. In March 2018, a diplomatic dispute broke out between the two countries, after Australian Minister Peter Dutton called for the expedited prosecution of south African white peasants  refugees and said they needed the help of a civilized country with the Australian High Commissioner, later summoned by the South African Ministry of Foreign Affairs, who expressed insult to Dutton`s comments. and called for a “total withdrawal.”  The Australian government virtually withdrew Dutton`s offer and responded to the South African approach with a letter that “satisfied” the South African Department of Foreign Affairs.  However, Dutton then reiterated his position that farmers were persecuted, denying any withdrawal and insisting that the Australian government examine “several” isolated cases of farmers eligible for humanitarian visas.  In April 2018, Australia`s Attorney General, Christian Porter, also offered assistance to South Africans exposed to “persecution.”  Fact sheets on Australia`s trade relations with southern African countries are available: general information, updated economic indicators, Australia`s trade and investment relations with South Africa and their global trade relations, which are updated twice a year. In 1997 the Australia-South Africa Joint Ministerial Commission was established, chaired by trade ministers.  Relations between Australia and South Africa are external relations between Australia and South Africa. Australia has a high commission in Pretoria.
South Africa has a high commission in Canberra. Both countries are former British colonies in the Southern Hemisphere, have similar cultures in terms of sport and language and are members of the Commonwealth of Nations. Australian and South African companies may be interested in contacting the Australian Business Chamber of Commerce (ABCSA).