The U.S. Commercial Service of the U.S. Department of Commerce is organizing an Aerospace and Defense Trade Mission to Pretoria, South Africa on September 18-21, 2012. The mission is designed for representatives from U.S. firms specializing in all facets of aerospace, and defense equipment, logistics and related services. This mission will include personalized meetings and access to the continent’s premier exhibition AAD 2012

Why South Africa? South Africa is a country of 49 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.

As a participant in the Trade Mission to AAD in South Africa, you will benefit from the following:

  • Participation in full-day, invitation only, US-Africa Peace Support Industry Symposium on Tuesday, September 18;
  • Pre-scheduled meetings with potential partners, distributors, and end-users recruited by the Commercial Service;
  • Space within the U.S. Pavilion for displaying 1 poster and company literature; use of a shared area for conducting meetings.
  • Pre-symposium show briefing;
  • One show entry pass per company representative;
  • Participation in the U.S. Exhibitors Welcome Reception;
  • Access to the Official U.S. Pavilion amenities, including meeting area and shared business center when not in use for one-on-one appointments;
  • Copy of the official 2012 AAD Air Show Exhibitor’s Directory;
  • Meetings with U.S. Commercial Service aerospace and defense industry specialists from U.S. Embassy South Africa;
  • Assistance from on-site AES program coordinator.

Cost: USD $3,630 for small to medium sized firms. $5,000 for large firms.
$500 for each additional company participant.

*An SME is defined as firm with 500 or fewer employees or that otherwise qualifies as a small business under SBA regulations.

*please note that each participant is responsible for their own airfare, local transport, hotel and meal costs (excluding planned events or receptions).


Prospective participants must contact Diane Mooney no later than August 7th.

Please direct questions to Diane Mooney.

Diane Mooney
U.S. Export Assistance Center
Seattle, Washington
(206) 553-5615, Ext. 236