Location: Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town, South Africa
According to the U.S. Commercial Service, South Africa is among the easiest markets in the world to enter for U.S. companies. The business language is English, the infrastructure is comparable to industrialized nations, and the banking and legal services are equal to any found in the world. As a member of the five-nation South African Customs Union, South Africa already offers immediate access to a market well beyond its own 55 million people. Additionally, the collaborative relationship with their East African neighbors represents an opportunity for open market access to 26 other countries with a combined GDP of over $900 Billion and a consumer base of over 550 million. With the fastest growing middle class population in the world, the demand for U.S. products and services in Africa is outpacing the supply. Florida exporters are well positioned to gain from entry into the South African market. Our geographic location makes us the closest U.S. state to Africa and our superb international trade infrastructure and our business community’s experience and expertise, uniquely qualifies us as ideal trading partners with Africa.