Trade & Investment KwaZulu-Natal - Trade and Inward Investment Promotion Agency

The province of KwaZulu-Natal has established itself as a premier domestic and international investment and tourist destination. With two of Africa's busiest ports and world-class road and rail infrastructure, KwaZulu-Natal enjoys the strategic and competitive advantage of being a global gateway for trade into Southern Africa and to the world. Its strategic location and highly-developed industrial sector ensures a competitive edge for both local and foreign investors and unique advantages for local exporters.

Investment in KwaZulu-Natal continues to emerge as a major contributor to South Africa's growing economy and its favourable business environment has made the province a sound investment destination for investors from around the world.

Premier investment for international trade markets

Trade & Investment KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) is a South African trade and inward investment promotion agency, established to promote the province of KwaZulu-Natal as an investment destination and to facilitate trade by assisting local companies to access international markets.

The organisation identifies, develops and packages investment opportunities in KwaZulu-Natal, provides a professional service to all clientele, brands and markets KwaZulu-Natal as an investment destination, retains and expands trade and export activities, and links opportunities to the developmental needs of the KwaZulu-Natal community.

Business investment projects

In actively promoting business investment in KwaZulu-Natal, Trade & Investment KwaZulu-Natal provides a range of services, which include:

  • Project appraisal - scientifically analysing prospective project viability in financial, cost benefit, social and environmental terms
  • Site identification and evaluation - undertaking the co-ordination, pre-planning and evaluation of sites and post-site visits
  • Sector economic data provisioning - providing and disseminating market intelligence as regards economic, sectoral and desktop data
  • Backward and forward linkages - facilitating secondary and downstream opportunities for Black Economic Empowerment and small and medium enterprises
  • Business permits (under the auspices of the Department of Trade and Industry) - assisting in the submission of recommendations to the Department of Home Affairs as regards business permit provision
  • Agreement brokering - ensuring the satisfactory and successful conclusion of necessary agreements by relevant parties and stakeholders
  • Joint venture facilitation - sourcing of joint venture partners, domestic and foreign, for both KwaZulu-Natal and international companies
  • Facilitation of capital-raising - facilitating the development of capital-raising opportunities on behalf of project promoters
  • General business advice - providing wide-ranging investment advice regarding locations, business conditions, regulations, labour practices and business services
  • After-care services - facilitating local and foreign business retention, expansion and after-care services
  • Marketing of incentives - marketing of national and local government incentives
  • Inward and outward investment promotion missions - hosting and co-ordinating inbound foreign and local business delegations and undertaking outbound missions promoting KwaZulu-Natal as a premier investment destination
  • Project profiling - profiling local project-based investment opportunities through local and international exhibitions, seminars and conferences

Export development for traders

In its promotion of export trade opportunities, Trade & Investment KZN offers traders a comprehensive bouquet of services. Our capacity-building programmes include:

  • Export registration requirements
  • Trade agreement compliance requirements
  • Manufacturing rebate compliance requirements
  • Export incentive schemes
  • Customs compliance requirements
  • Pre and post-shipment finance mechanism
  • Export marketing and investment assistance scheme
  • General system of preference requirements
  • Freight and logistics in international trade
  • International marketing
  • Insurance

Export market intelligence

Our market intelligence, ensures the obtaining of sufficient information about particular export markets, including:

  • The source of present products and services
  • Product and country-specific features
  • Government regulations
  • Potential buyers
  • Exploring business opportunities for exports in specific markets
  • Leads generated by the E-export platform portal

Local manufacturer intelligence

Trade & Investment's market intelligence also ensures the obtaining of sufficient information about particular local manufacturers, including:

  • Exporter details
  • Product descriptions
  • Company profiles and marketing material
  • Black Economic Empowerment status

Export promotion programmes

Our market development programmes, facilitate trade promotional programmes designed to bring willing buyers and willing sellers into contact with one another, including:

  • National exhibitions
  • Individual exhibitions
  • Outward selling missions
  • Inward buying missions
  • E-export platform
  • E-trade platform
  • Intra-trade business to business facilitation

Contact Details

Trade & Investment KwaZulu-Natal
Trade & Investment House, Kingsmead Office Park
Kingsmead Boulevard
Stalwart Simelane Street
Durban 4001
South Africa
+27 31 368 9600
+27 31 368 5888
[email protected]

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