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Welcome to the U.S. Commercial Service - South Africa

South Africa is a country of 50 million people that is rich in diverse cultures, people and natural heritage. Enjoying remarkable macroeconomic stability and a pro-business environment, South Africa is a logical and attractive choice for U.S. companies to enter the African continent. It is the most advanced, broad-based and productive economy in Africa, and has a gross domestic product (GDP) of $363.7 billion in 2010, or about one third of the total GDP for sub-Saharan Africa region. Over the last five years, the annual growth of South Africa’s GDP has averaged 3.2 percent.

We provide a range of services to U.S. businesses interested in doing business in Southern Africa, as well as to South African businesses interested in importing U.S. products and services. 

For more information on how we can assist you in this market please contact us or contact Mala Gopal at mala.gopal@trade.gov or call her on +27 11 290 3120.

Please note that the U.S. Commercial Service programs are available throughout sub-Saharan Africa.

If you’re traveling to SA soon, click here for important requirements.

The U.S. Commercial Service directly supports the President’s National Export Initiative.



West Africa Energy Business Development Mission

Exciting Opportunity to Expand Your Business in Africa

Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker will lead an Energy Business Development Mission to West Africa with stops in Ghana and Nigeria from May 18-23, 2014. This business development mission will promote U.S. exports to Africa by helping U.S. companies’ launch or increase their business in the energy sector in West Africa. For more information, please click the following links:

Africa Mission Press Release

West Africa Energy Mission Flyer

If you’re interested in participating in the upcoming business development mission, please visit the mission website to apply:



Energy Opportunities in Sub-Saharan Africa

The U.S. Commercial Service in collaboration with U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) will present a three-part webinar series highlighting the various energy projects and best practices for exporting to sub-Saharan Africa. For more information, please click here.



Discover Global Markets: Africa, Middle East & India

At Discover Global Markets: Africa & Middle East you will learn about opportunities in those regions from the U.S. Commercial Service Senior Commercial Officers. During Discover Global Markets: Africa and Middle East, attendees will learn how the U.S. Commercial Service and its public and private sector partners help U.S. exporters:

  • Identify and gain access to new export markets and opportunities
  • Obtain the resources necessary to succeed in foreign markets
  • Leverage government contacts and resources to compete successfully



“Click here to see what a US manufacturer says about the assistance the US Commercial Service in South Africa can offer you to develop your export markets”