The Economic and Commercial Affairs Office at the South African Embassy in Washington, DC is the representative office of the South African Department of Trade, Industry Competition (the dtic).
The primary focus of the Economic and Commercial Affairs Office is to raise the level of trade between South Africa and the United States, to expand U.S. foreign direct investment into South Africa and to nurture the bi-lateral South Africa-United States economic relationship.
In collaboration with Trade and Investment South Africa, we promote the export of South African value-added goods and services to the United States through:
We promote U.S. foreign direct investment into South Africa through:
In 2016 the U.S. was the second largest export partner to South Africa, and South Africa’s largest source of imports globally. Total bilateral trade between South Africa and the U.S. amounted to $11.4 billion in 2016. In 2016 the U.S. sourced $6.8 billion of products from South Africa and exported $4.7 billion of goods to South Africa.
Major South African exports to the U.S. include: Motor vehicles, parts and accessories; industrial machinery; Diamonds, gems and jewelry; precious metals and other metal products; Chemicals; pharmaceutical preparations; Fruit, frozen fruit juices and nuts; and wine.
We seek to nurture and expand the bi-lateral South Africa-United States economic relationship through:
South Africa offers a combination of developed first world economic infrastructure and a growing emerging market. Its investment potential lies in its diversity of sectors and industries. It is also a major trading nation, exporting and importing more than US$167 billion worth of goods every year, from a location that makes it an ideal gateway into African and other global markets.
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