Year-end Message from Quintin Levey, Chairman of Exporters Eastern Cape

Year-end Message from Quintin Levey, Chairman of Exporters Eastern Cape

Dear Members

We find ourselves at the end of 2020, a year which has challenged us all in ways we could never have imagined.

The Covid 19 pandemic is something we never thought we would experience in our lifetime and the effects are far reaching. At a time when the economy was already struggling this could not have come at a worse time. This raised the moral dilemma of protecting human health versus saving the economy. We found ourselves in numerous levels of lockdown, putting strain on the ability for businesses to continue to operate.

In our 40 years of existence as our organisation a large part of our activities is hosting events and providing platforms for networking. Unfortunately we were not able to host any physical events since March 2020, but we were able to make use of technology to host several on-line events, including our AGM and Exporter of the Year Awards Evening. Our members found these events informative, practical and entertaining.

We have strived as an organisation to continue to provide a platform for collaboration for our members and other role players in the export industry. A big thank you to all our active members, sponsors and alliance partners over the last year.

Wish everyone a safe and relaxing December break and looking forward to another successful 2021 for Exporters EC.


Quintin Levey (CA) SA


South Africa-Chile Trade Opportunities – Presentations

South Africa-Chile Trade Opportunities – Presentations

The DTIC and the South African Embassy in Chile in collaboration with Chile South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry hosted a webinar on Wednesday, 25 November 2020 focusing on trade opportunities for South African and Chilean companies.

See below the presentations that were discussed at the webinar. 

Vehicle exports are still 32,9% below the level of the same period last year

Vehicle exports are still 32,9% below the level of the same period last year

Reflecting on the new vehicle sales statistics for the month of November 2020 naamsa said that, although the gradual monthly gains in sales growth by volume in the new vehicle market continued during the month, the year-to-date situation remained depressed. Aggregate domestic sales at 39 315 units reflected a decline of 5 355 units, or 12,0%, from the 44 670 vehicles sold in November last year.

The trend was mirrored by export sales at 31 966 units which also declined by 2 622 units, or 7,6%, compared to the 34 588 vehicles exported in November 2019. The performance for the year to date now reflected a fall of 122 987 vehicles, or 32,9% compared to the level of the same period last year.

Notwithstanding a solid monthly performance, exports of South African manufactured vehicles remained in arrears as a second-wave lockdown in major markets impact on consumer behaviour and demand. Vehicle exports are important to the viability of the domestic automotive industry.

In 2019, the record 387 125 left and right-hand drive vehicles exported supported record vehicle production of 631 983 vehicles as well as employment gains in the vehicle manufacturing side of the industry. For the year to date, vehicle exports, however, are still 32,9% below the level of the same period last year.

Download the full NAAMSA media release below as well as the November 2020 Industry New Vehicle Sales. 



The implementation date of the Automotive Production Development Programme (APDP2) Phase 2 will officially start on 1 July 2021 and the draft documents that give effect to this change will be published before the end of this year.