South Africa was South Florida's 58th largest trading partner and Florida's 33rd largest trading partner in 2008. Florida's top exports to South Africa include motor vehicles, construction machinery, aircraft and aircraft parts, machinery, and yachts and other vessels. Florida's top imports from South Africa include aluminum, motor vehicles, iron, steel, ferror alloys, yachts and other vessels. There are current 3 South African companies located in Broward County, employing over 130 people.
Trade Numbers (2008)
|South Florida's Total Exports to South Africa
|| $US 93 million|
|South Florida's Total Imports from South Africa
|| $US 53 million|
|Total Trade between South Florida and South Africa
|| $US 146 million|
|Florida's Merchandise Exports to South Africa
|| $US 478.8 million|
|Florida's Merchandise Imports from South Africa
|| $US 473.7 million|
|Total Merchandise Trade between Florida and South Florida
|| $US 953 million|
Source for South Florida Data: Miami Trade Numbers 2009 (Primary data: U.S. Census Bureau)
Source for Florida Data: Enterprise Florida, Marketing and Strategic Intelligence Department (Primary data: U.S. Census Bureau)
South Africa Trade Mission October 4-12, 2003
• South Africa End of Mission Report (PDF)
Broward County Commissioner Josepheus Eggelletion and the Office of Economic Development Business Development Manager, Deborah Wilkinson, participated in an Enterprise Florida Trade Mission to South Africa. Other Broward companies participating in the trade mission included TransOcean Holdings; MECA, a minority e-commerce company; Hair Accessories; and a Hallandale company promoting products for infants. These companies had more than 60 appointments in five days, with one company predicting preliminary sales of $1.2 million annually with three new clients. During the governmental meetings with three major South African ports, the Ambassador to South Africa, two Mayors and four Ministries in Economic Development and Tourism, Broward County was chosen for an important visit by four South African port delegates to meet and exchange ideas about Port Everglades' security and infrastructure.
Commissioner Eggelletion said, "This is why it is so important for Broward County to participate in international missions and promote a cohesive international trade strategy for the County. Just being at the table for these types of business opportunities will enhance and grow our County. South Africa had only planned to visit the Port of New Jersey/New York, because of our recent visit Port Everglades has been added to their agenda."
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