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TFSA supports trade across and beyond Southern Africa

We target our support at firms that are exporting or near export ready with an emphasis on promoting women’s participation in export trade

Knowledge Guide: Better understanding the UK Tariff Schedule 

‘Better understanding the UK tariff schedule’ focuses on the new UK tariff schedule following the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union. It outlines what is new, explains what information is required by traders to establish the correct UK import tariff, the importance of accurate product classification in the Harmonized System (HS), how a trader accesses the UK tariff schedule online and through a practical example, how a product’s classification and correct tariff are established.  

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Who we are

Trade Forward South Africa supports the SACU+M business community to grow regional and international export trade. Use the TFSA Trade and Information Hub to start or boost your exports. Connect to the latest information and support. Follow the steps below.
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What we can do for you

Export Readiness

Is your business ready to export? Use this tool to determine your export readiness and to identify areas that you still need to address to get there.

Identify Markets

What markets have the highest potential for your products? Use these ITC tools to rank and calculate your export potential in global markets.

Trading Prices

Identify where your competitors are and compare your potential prices in target export markets. These ITC tools use global trade data for indicated value by product and by country.

Finding Buyers

Who are your potential buyers? Listings from the Kompass International Trade Directory help you identify importers and distributors in your target markets.

Standards and Processes

What are the compliance requirements your product must meet to enter your target export markets? These tools help you identify customs, duties, taxes, rules, regulations and standards by region and by country.

Zoom into Botswana

Trade Forward Southern Africa Pitches for Synergies in Botswana The Government of Botswana, through the Ministry of Investment Trade and Industry (MITI) and the USAID

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UK government moves to accept electronic trade documents

Trade documents are documents used by various stakeholders in a trade transaction including buyers, sellers, banks, customs, chambers of commerce, and other bodies as a process of evidencing the performance of contractual obligations, processing payments, financing transactions, transfering of title of goods, and many other services..

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“We need to gain a better understaanding on the regulatory side in the green technology and renewables sector. It is critically important that we clarify the local regulatory framework and give investors the confidence and incentive to enter the South African market. The impact of us understanding that marketplace and the competencies of South African businesses means that we can increase our exports significantly.”

Chiboni Evans

CEO South African Electronical Export Council (SAEEC)

“The fact that TFSA is very cognisant of gender is really a hugely exciting part of the programme. There is the prospect of real benefits to women in trade, including rural women. If this programme has an impact on alleviating poverty by bringing more women into the value chains, offering them a better lifestyle, then that is a massive positive effect.”

Duncan Bonnet

Director Market Access and Research, Africa House

"This process we undertook with TFSA of looking at what is needed to enter the European market has been a real eye opener for us, it really helped us highlight where our gaps are in terms of compliance with regulations and standards. Now we have something constructive to work towards.”

Sally Paulet

Production Manager, HIK Abalone Farm, South Africa

“The aquaculture sector in Mozambique is very small and under-developed. TFSA is working with AMAQUA and other associations and organisations to put in some foundational blocks and build the value chain from there – none of this really exists, we pretty much have to build it all from scratch.”

Zerene Haddad

Social Impact Coordinator, Chicoa Fish FarmCEO South African Electronical Export Council(SAEEC)
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