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Trade and Investment South Africa (TISA)

Trade and Investment South Africa (TISA), a division of thedti, aims to increase export capacity and support direct investment flows via the implementation of strategies directed at targeted markets, and effectively manage the dti's network of foreign trade offices.

TISA comprises four business units, namely:     
Investment Promotion and Facilitation;
Export Promotion;
Export Development; and
Foreign Service Management.
                
Investment Promotion and Facilitation

The unit is responsible for attracting foreign direct investment, as well as developing and promoting local direct investment. This is achieved via the identification, packaging and marketing of potential investment opportunities, and the identification of potential investors. The unit facilitates investment in South Africa, provides general information on the investment and domestic business climate, and offers dedicated aftercare services to investors. The unit organises inward/outward trade missions, and facilitates funding and Government support for trade- and investment-related activities.     
      
Export Promotion

The unit is responsible for developing and implementing regional export promotion strategies based on market research and identification of export opportunities; reviewing the National Export Strategy by assimilating inputs from relevant stakeholders to ensure a targeted and focused approach; and rendering export support services such as providing export information and advice as well as administering an incentive scheme (EMIA) that partially compensates exporters for certain costs incurred in marketing their products and services in foreign markets.
 
Export Development

The unit is designed to contribute to the positioning of South Africa as a reliable trade partner by expanding the exporter base of the country, thereby increasing the export supply and sales of South Africa. The focus is on the creation of an export culture towards global participation, provision of assistance, extensive capacity-building as well as the creation of opportunities and serving as an industry interface for the dti. South African companies are assisted at all levels to ensure retention, expansion and diversification by company, product and market.
      
Foreign Service Management

The unit aims to render a full suite of corporate services to foreign economic offices to enhance the promotion of exports and investment in targeted countries. the dti has a network of 46 foreign economic offices abroad to facilitate business on behalf of South African companies. This network is spread over 36 countries and provides a substantial footprint for South African business to access markets globally.

ExportHelp Trade Portal

ExportHelp is a portal with the task of helping South African firms – both small and large – take greater advantage of the opportunities available on the global front. We intend to assist companies – like yours - to enter the export arena and to grow their exports to the point of becoming successful global competitors.

SARS - Customs and Excise Division

The South African Revenue Services (SARS) Customs Division plays an integral role in facilitating the movement of goods and people entering or exiting the borders of the Republic. The Excise division facilitates the levying of duties on certain locally manufactured goods as well as on their imported equivalents.

AGOA - African Growth and Opportunities Act

The African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) was signed into law by President Bill Clinton on May 18, 2000 as Title 1 of The Trade and Development Act of 2000. The Act offers tangible incentives for African countries to continue their efforts to open their economies and build free markets.  AGOA aims to expand U.S. trade and investment with Sub-Saharan Africa, to stimulate economic growth, to promote a high-level dialogue on trade and investment-related issues, to encourage economic integration, and to facilitate sub-Saharan Africa’s integration into the global economy. As of January 2010, 38 sub-Saharan African countries were eligible for AGOA benefits.

At the center of AGOA are substantial trade preferences that, coupled with those under the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP), allow all marketable goods produced in AGOA-eligible countries to enter the U.S. market duty-free.

Hong Kong Trade Development Council

A statutory body established in 1966 under the HKTDC Ordinance (Chapter 1114), the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) is the international marketing arm for Hong Kong-based traders, manufacturers and service providers.

Our mission is to create opportunities for Hong Kong companies. With our network of more than 40 offices worldwide, and the city’s natural business advantages, we provide a range of services to help global trade and promote Hong Kong as a platform for doing business with China and throughout Asia.

Exporters Club Western Cape

The Exporters Club, Cape Town, established over 30 years, assists the business community by hosting monthly functions to enable our members to be kept up to date with current events taking place within the Global market place, be they commercial or financial. It also gives our members a forum to voice their concerns or give input on a variety of topics relative to the export industry, by networking with the major role players within the industry.

The members are drawn from all sections of the industry, from the shipping lines, freight forwarders, financial, marine insurance, exporters, and attracts the decision makers in these various fields.