Southern Africa - October 2018

U.S. agribusinesses interested in growing their exports to Southern Africa are encouraged to join the U.S. Department of Agriculture on a trade mission to South Africa October 29 - November 2, 2018. 

While the mission will be based in Johannesburg and Cape Town, participants will have the opportunity to engage with potential customers from a total of 11 countries in the region: South Africa, Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. Collectively, the United States exported $602 million in agricultural products to those countries in 2017, a 25-percent increase from the previous year.

In addition to personalized business-to-business meetings arranged by local staff from USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service, participants will also take part in depth-briefings and site visits to learn first-hand about what it takes to successfully export U.S. farm and food products to Southern Africa.

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Data & Analysis

October 30, 2018
South Africa is the largest user of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) for agricultural exports to the United States in the Southern African region.
October 22, 2018
On September 28, 2018, the South African Revenue Service published notifications that a safeguard duty of 35.3 percent will be imposed on EU bone-in chicken.
October 15, 2018
Two-way agricultural trade between the United States and Southern Africa has grown significantly in the past decade, reaching a record $1.5 billion in 2017.
October 3, 2018
Post estimates that the decreasing trend in sorghum production in South Africa will continue in the 2018/19 MY.