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Southern Africa

Enterprise Florida, Inc. (EFI) provides information and assistance to South African companies interested in establishing operations in Florida or identifying strategic partners in Florida.

Providing Support for South African Companies

EFI has an international office in KwaZulu-Natal that serves the Southern African region.

There are 16 South African companies in Florida with 17 branch locations, including SeaDream Yacht Club, The Marlin Hotel and South African Airways.

Rankings

$547M Florida Exports to Sub-Saharan Africa 2018 U.S. Trade Representative
#2 In Tech Jobs Added in the U.S. 2018 Comptia, Cyberstates
#4 State for Access to Capital in the U.S. 2019 CNBC
#12 State for Business Friendliness in the U.S. 2019 CNBC
Trade
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Trade

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.

Gateway Economy
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Gateway Economy

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.

Cultural Ties
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Cultural Ties

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.

Our Location
Kwa-Zulu Natal

Our Location

SPACES
2 Ncondo Place
Ridge Side, Umhlanga Ridge
Kwa-Zulu Natal, 4319
South Africa

Let’s Connect. We’re here to help.

Abigail Ellary Director, EFI Southern Africa 27 (0) 82 341 9541
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