Doing Business with South Africa 2014

Foreign Trade and Foreign Chambers

When you are doing business with South Africa as a foreigner or expat you will usually enjoy the support of the foreign trade department of your country in regards to exports and imports.

In 2014, South Africa ranks 41th (out of 189 economies) for 'Ease of Doing Business' in the annual report by the World Bank 'Doing Business'. In the category 'Protecting Investors' South Africa ranks 10th.

In South Africa, the foreign Chambers of Commerce and Industry will provide support as well. In this ExpatCapeTown listing, you will find foreign associations giving you a useful advice when doing business with South Africa. They provide good resources for expats and locals, share country-specific information on the different business sectors and initiate and support networking connections, training sessions and events.

You are encouraged to contact your national business association to find out more about their services in South Africa. 

Foreign Trade Partners

South Africa's top trading partners for imports and exports are:

  • China
  • Germany
  • USA
  • Japan
  • UK

Major investment opportunities for foreign companies exist in the sector of Biofuels, Business Process Outsourcing and Green Economy. The Development of Industial Zones at Coega, Richards Bay, Dube, East London and Saldanha Bay also creates numerous investment opportunities for foreign companies. Read more...

Foreign Chambers and Trade Commissions in South Africa

Most of the foreign business chambers and foreign trade departments are located in Johannesburg. They provide information about doing business in South Africa, are great for networking and connecting with like-minded entrepreneurs.

Austria: Austrian South African Business Chamber in Southern Africa

Belgium: Belgian Chamber of Commerce for South Africa

Italy: Italian - South African Chamber of Trade and Industries

Ireland: Business Ireland - Cape Town Chapter

Netherlands: South African Netherlands Chamber of Commerce 

Switzerland: Swiss Cham Africa

Turkey: South African-Turkish Business Association

UK: British Chamber in South Africa 

USA: American Chamber of Commerce South Africa 

For doing business with South Africa be sure to know the most important rules of

 Business Etiquette in South Africa.

Foreign Chambers in Cape Town

As Cape Town and the Western Cape are an important business hub in South Africa, some of the foreign chambers have representations in Cape Town too. These are the international business associations with offices in Cape Town:

FranceFrench - South African Chamber

GermanySouthern African - German Chamber of Commerce and Industry

UKBritish Chamber in South Africa 

The Regional Chamber in Cape Town also offers Foreign Trade Information to subscribed members. But you can search for members and potential contacts in their directory for free.

You will find their website here: Cape Town Regional Chamber of Commerce and Industry

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