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The U.S. State of Florida and the Republic of South Africa have had a longstanding and mutually beneficial economic partnership. Florida was among the first U.S. states to open a representative office in South Africa in the 1990s, with numerous commercial, transportation, and cultural linkages. The prospects for further development of bilateral economic relations are excellent.
EFI has an Africa Regional Office located in Durban, South Africa with a satellite office in, Nairobi, Kenya.
In 2019, South Africa was Florida’s 62nd largest bilateral merchandise trading partner, with total merchandise trade between them hitting $232.1 million. Florida exports to South Africa were $101.3 million in 2019, and imports from South Africa were $130.8 million. Leading commodities traded between South Africa and Florida include aircraft, motor vehicles, yachts, vaccines, plastics, jewelry, iron, steel and essential oils.
Florida offers Southern African businesses a gateway into the Caribbean and Latin American regions, as well as in the United States, with hundreds of airports, 15 deepwater ports, 3,000 miles of freight rail tracks and over 122,000 miles of highway to move products and services to market fast. Florida’s state-of-the-art connectivity is the world’s largest telecommunications gateway to Latin America and the Caribbean, supported by 61,000+ total fiber miles, 47,000+ fiber-connected buildings and 275 data center locations.
Florida and Southern Africa have a strong working relationship as both communities and economies continue to develop. Further supporting their shared business and cultural ties is a Sister City agreement between Jacksonville, FL and the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Municipality in South Africa.
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