Exporting to South Africa

A guide for British businesses who are interested in developing their overseas trade and doing business in South Africa.



A detailed guide on doing business in and with South Africa. The guide contains information on:

  • challenges of doing business in South Africa
  • benefits and growth potential of the market
  • trade between the UK and South Africa
  • opportunities in South Africa
  • start-up and market entry considerations
  • legal considerations
  • tax and customs considerations
  • entry requirements
  • who to contact for more help

More information


Learn about changes for UK exporters to South Africa if the UK leaves the EU without a deal.

Managing risk

Find out how UK companies can control risks when doing business in South Africa.

Export opportunities and advice

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Published 25 March 2014
Last updated 6 August 2015 + show all updates
  1. Updated with 2015 information
  2. Updated with 2015 opportunities information.
  3. Minor changes
  4. First published.