The Export Marketing and Investment Assistance (EMIA) scheme develops export markets for South African products and services and recruits new foreign direct investment into the country.

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Full description


  • Individual Exhibition Participation:
    • Transport of samples;
    • Rental of exhibition space;
    • Construction of stands;
    • Interpretation fees;
    • Internet connection;
    • Telephone installation;
    • Subsistence allowance per day;
    • Return economy-class airfare; and
    • Exhibition fees up to a maximum of R50 000
  • Primary Market Research & Foreign Direct Investment:
    Exporters will be compensated for costs incurred recruiting in new FDI into South Africa through personal contact by visiting potential investors in foreign countries.
    • Return economy-class airfare;
    • Subsistence allowance per day;
    • Transport of samples; and
    • Marketing material.
  • Individual Inward Missions:
    Assistance is provided to South African entities organising an inward buying investor, to make contact with them to conclude an exporters order or to attract foreign direct investment.
    • Registration of a patent in a foreign market: 50% of the additional costs capped at R100 000 pa;
    • Return economy class-airfare;
    • Subsistence allowance per day;

Eligible Enterprises

  • South African manufacturers and exporters;
  • South African export trading houses representing at least three SMMEs or businesses owned by Historical Disadvantaged Individuals (HDIs);
  • South African commission agents representing at least three SMMEs/HDI-owned businesses; and
  • South African exports councils, industry associations and JAGs representing at least five South African entities.