Dti invites applicants to head to US on trade mission

The Department of Trade and Industry (dti) is inviting entrepreneurs to apply for inclusion in an Outward Selling Mission (OSM) to the US from 14 to 19 October.

Local traders that the dti would like to hear from include “growers, producers and exporters in the agro-processing sector”.

Exports that are currently in demand abroad and highlighted by the dti include flowers, fresh produce, dried fruits, nuts and seeds, and processed foods that are frozen or ready to eat or cook.

Potential exporters involved in the labelling and packaging industry were also encouraged to get in touch with the dti, a statement issued by the department said.

Flowers alone seem to be an in-demand product at the moment, with more opportunities appearing to open up to imports from African shores.

At a recent cargo conference in Kempton Park, Kenyan Airways CEO Jan de Vegt indicated that they were keen to answer the call from New York flower merchants for more product going to the States.

Much closer to home, TAAG Angola Airlines cargo manager, Ronel Rossouw, recently told FTW Online that flowers from South Africa had been identified as a major potential export opportunity via Luanda to Lisbon and further north into Europe.

The move follows intensified capacity-filling initiatives on which TAAG embarked for its daily flights of Boeing 777s to Portugal.

It also involves a mooted joint venture with a leading European airline that Rossouw asked be kept under wraps.

The dti’s OSM-US application deadline is 28 June.

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