The USAID Southern Africa Trade and Investment Hub boosts trade and investment with and within Southern Africa.

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The USAID Southern Africa Trade and Investment Hub is developing a comprehensive checklist for regional exporters to South Africa. The resource, which will complement a forthcoming guide for exporters to the United States, will draw on lessons from the program’s facilitation of two recent export deals from Malawi. Those deals, from Malawian soy producer Dalitso Products to South African buyers Impilo Products and Ilanga Oils, included USAID TradeHub support with cross-border processes and procedures. The first South Africa-bound shipment of Dalitso soy, to Impilo Products, arrived in Pretoria, South Africa, on June 8, 2020. The remaining 11 shipments to Impilo Products are planned for delivery by October 2020. The USAID TradeHub linked the two firms by presenting non-GMO soya samples to the South African buyers, which led to the purchase of three-monthly orders of Dalitso soya on a trial basis. Ilanga Oils- a second buyer, meanwhile, has committed to an initial order of 90 tons of Dalitso soy. An early draft of the checklist is undergoing internal review by the USAID TradeHub team and will serve as a linchpin of the program’s South Africa import toolkit, planned for the coming fiscal year. The checklist is another example of how the USAID TradeHub aims to increase exports from the region into South Africa, by supporting export firms to understand and meet the requirements to export.

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