Why buy from Cape Town and the Western Cape?Whatever product or service needs you require, Cape Town and the Western Cape have the business solution for you. Our business environment is diverse, with strong export opportunities in agribusiness, information and communication technology (ICT), oil and gas, tourism, manufacturing, furniture, renewable energy and creative industries, to name a few.
How we can help
International trade missionsWe undertake between 40 and 45 international trade missions each financial year. These are usually in the form of attending trade exhibitions or Outward Selling Missions (OSMs).
Outward foreign direct investment into the rest of AfricaA second but equally important mandate of the Trade Unit is to assist Western Cape companies to invest in the rest of Africa. If you are thinking of setting up a production or manufacturing facility in the rest of Africa, contact our Africa experts.
Export training and international mentorship from ex-CEOsOur Export Advancement Programme (EAP) teaches companies the basics of exporting, including Incoterms, how to develop an export marketing plan, export logistics, pricing and export finance management.
Regulatory: tariffs/duties/certificates of free sale/export licencesThe Trade Unit is able to advise on various government incentives designed to support companies in their export ambitions. We are also able to provide information on trade agreements governing trade between South Africa and other countries/regions.
Decision support model (DSM)We use technology to assist companies in their export drive. The DSM is a software tool that provides a snapshot of countries that have a realistic export opportunity for your product. All we need is the HS code for your product.
Business seminars, knowledge sharing and networkingWe host a series of events during the year designed to both promote and also develop Western Cape-based exporters. These include topical issues like Brexit; how to trade under AGOA; how to trade under the European Partnership Agreement (EPA); and the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA).
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The Wesgro Trade Unit provides a free and confidential service to help you establish and grow your business in Cape Town and the Western Cape. Our diverse economy, strong skills base and well-connected infrastructure present many opportunities for foreign buyers seeking high-quality goods and services, as well as exporters looking to expand into the African market.
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