Training – Global Exporter Passport Programme (GEPP)

Training – Global Exporter Passport Programme (GEPP)

You are hereby invited to attend the 2nd phase of the Global Exporter Passport Programme (GEPP) – Planning for Exports scheduled as follows:

Date:       11-14 February 2019

Time:      08:30 – 16:00

Venue:   ABSA Building, 1st Floor, Kwantu Towers, Port Elizabeth

The training will be delivered over four days, covering the following topics:

  • Conduct market research to amass data from external sources and within the company.
  • Competitor analysis.
  • Investigate the existing import infrastructure of the target market country.
  • Air, rail, harbour and road, distribution networks, banking and financial, e-commerce and communications networks.
  • Development of strategies, including: market entry strategy, product strategy, pricing strategy, promotion strategy, distribution strategy.
  • Development and management of an export marketing plan.

Kindly confirm your availability to attend the training by 6 February 2019 to or or

Stakeholder Meeting – Port of East London

Stakeholder Meeting – Port of East London

Stakeholders in the manufacturing, logistics and maritime sectors interested in discussing the further development of the East London Port are cordially invited to attend a public meeting to introduce the Eastern Cape’s Department of Economic Development, Environmental Affairs and Tourism’s (DEDEAT) study on export potential and port capacity of the Port of East London.

The details of the meeting are as follows:
Date:       Wednesday, 6 February 2019
Venue:    TBC, East London
Time:       08:30 – 10:30

RSVP to Ms Joline Grove on 041 585 6640 or before 1st February 2019.

Please see the invitation below for more information on the meeting.

Francal, Brazil – Sector Specific Assistance Scheme Application

Francal, Brazil – Sector Specific Assistance Scheme Application

The ECDC in partnership with SAFLEC (South African Footwear & Leather Export Council) will be hosting a Sector Specific Assistance Scheme (SSAS) Application to:

Francal, Brazil:  3 – 5 June 2019

For more information please follow the links:  and


ECDC and SAFLEC are in the process of applying for Sector Specific Assistance Scheme (SSAS) funding for the above mentioned show. This funding will cover the following costs for exhibitors, applicable to a turnover of under 25 million or 51% Black owned.

  • 100% of the costs of return flights;
  • 100% of the costs of ground transport;
  • 100% of the rental of the stand;
  • 100% of the cost of accommodation;
  • 100% of the costs related to the transport of the product to trade show and back – maximum 30 kg;

Kindly ensure that Valid original tax clearance is sent through to ECDC along with your BEE certificate. If you are a small company and do not have you BEE certificate, please complete the attached affidavit and send this through with your application.

Please note that due to the influx of applications normally received, applications will be accepted on a first come first serve basis and will be dependent on accuracy and completion of documents required and a curation process. Proof that you have an export strategy in place is required.

Kindly note approved companies will be required to pay a R3000.00 administration fee. This amount will only be payable once the DTI has approved the funding and your company name is included on the approval letter.


Closing date for all applications is Wednesday, 30 January 2019.


Please find the SSAS application form and guidelines below as well as the checklist and copy of an affidavit.

Complete and return the application form to Asisipho Fihlani. Kindly note that all incentives are dependent of DTI adjudication out-come.

For more information contact:

Asisipho Fihlani: ECDC – East London

Tel: 043 7045618

East London Networking Event

East London Networking Event

You are invited to attend a networking event in East London with Exporters Eastern Cape and SMA Engineering South Africa on Thursday, 21 February 2019.

SMA Engineering South Africa is the Leading Component Exporter for the last 20 years to various original equipment vehicle manufacturers located in Europe and the United Kingdom. SMA Engineering South Africa manufactures air-conditioning lines, engine cooling lines and heat exchangers to world class standards from their highly modernized production facility located in East London.

The event will be concluded with a factory tour!

RSVP by Wednesday 13 February 2019 by clicking on the button below. 


Export & Import Southern Africa – December 2018 Edition

Export & Import Southern Africa – December 2018 Edition

The December 2018 edition of Export & Import Southern Africa magazine is now available.  Click on the button below to download the magazine.

Export & Import Southern Africa is monthly publication dedicated to Southern Africa’s diverse trading environment and serves to highlight the trends and many associated issues influencing Southern Africa’s trade with the world.

Both online and in print, Export & Import Southern Africa’s readership consists primarily of manufacturers and producers of goods for export, as well as those companies directly involved in the processes that facilitate trade with this country.