Why Buy?

The Western Cape business environment is very diverse, with strong export opportunities in agribusiness, information & communication technology (ICT), oil & gas, tourism, manufacturing, furniture, renewable energy and creative industries.

Quality

Our producers and manufacturers subscribe to both local and international production standards. They have earned award-winning recognition for doing so both at home and abroad. 

Innovation

Western Cape producers and manufacturers place innovation at their core to deliver what local and international consumers need. 

Sophisticated Logistics 

Modernised harbour facilities, well-connected railway networks, highly developed road infrastructure and advanced ICT networks combine to create a compelling package for international buyers. The Western Cape’s infrastructure, and modern and well-established cold storage, freight and shipment facilities form a sophisticated logistics network that enables effective trade of all goods and services.

Diverse Production

The Western Cape is a production hub for producers operating in various diverse sectors. 

Buying opportunities exist in high growth sectors like agri-processing goods, aquaculture, consumer goods, manufactured products, food and beverage products and lifestyle goods.

Phenomenal Growth

The Western Cape has shown consistently rapid growth that exceeds the national average. 

In line with international trends, its economic activities are becoming more diverse, supported by a more educated population, which reinforces the province's competitive edge.

Preferential Market Access 

Preferential bilateral, regional and international trade agreements facilitate greater trade opportunities for foreign buyers seeking quality goods and services in diverse sectors.

While there are trade agreements in place that facilitate exports, the South African exporter is bound by certain regulations that must be met before operating in an external market. In just one example, in most countries, the exporter is required to have a registered entity that is operating in the export market. The office in the foreign market will be required to bid for contracts or tenders through a local joint venture partner. 

Language, culture, current legislation and economic stability are – among others – also factors to consider in the export process. 

That said, opportunities do exist to forge strong, mutually beneficial opportunities for foreign buyers and local exporters to succeed together beyond South African borders. 

But it is critical that the exporter has in place a well-researched, up-to-date export plan. The Department of Trade and Industry (dti) provides a wealth of information about current regulations and trade tariffs. See their website for more detail. 

Wesgro’s Trade desk also offers support to foreign buyers and local exporters wishing to establish trade ties.