Course on exporting held

2019-06-19 06:01

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the Free State Development Corporation (FDC) have teamed up to train entrepreneurs on exporting.

The chief objective of exporting training is to enhance local entrepreneurs’ growth prospects by doing international business.

Nnana Plaatjies, FDC’s marketing and communication manager, said the existing prospects in exportation prompted the two entities to embark on this ambitious initiative to offer training to entrepreneurs aspiring to export.

The two entities are empowering aspiring exporters through the Global Exporter Passport Programme (GEPP).

Plaatjies said training focusses on equipping small and medium enterprises with skills to become exporters.

This include registration with customs at the South African Revenue Service (SARS), compliance policy and a permit ensuring that one comply with applicable export control measures, security and safety and technical standards that arise from domestic laws and international agreements.

She said the second and third phase will be conducted this year following the successful training in the first phase,

This took place in Bloemfontein over four days during May.

A total of 28 entrepreneurs underwent training.

Plaatjies said three were already trading as exporters.

They are Emandulo from Qwaqwa, specialising in crafts and pottery, Monthathi Holdings from Bloemfontein, which produces décor accessories and Khaya Craft Beers, also from Bloemfontein.

According to Plaatjies, the ongoing training on exporting is part of the FDC’s strategic initiatives to create an enabling environment for Free State businesses to trade and export their products.

Plaatjie said there are a number of opportunities existing for aspiring exporters:

  • companies can apply for DTI export marketing and investment assistance, which are open for group missions, individual exhibitions, in store promotions and national pavilions;
  • export promotions opportunities with entities involved in the assistance of companies in the export space;
  • opportunities to form part of the export councils; and
  • opportunities to be part of the Industry Association in South Africa.
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