Trade Hub Senior Textiles/Apparel Advisor Mohamed Abouiiana, US Consul General Francis Chisholm, Newcastle Mayor Fazul Rahman, and Political and Economical Officer Claire Breedlove SmithDuring the week of September 7-11, 2015, USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub accompanied a delegation from the US Consulate in Durban on a visit to Newcastle and Ladysmith in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa. The delegation, headed by Consul General Frances Chisholm, met with textile and apparel companies, business leaders, and government officials to promote bilateral trade and investment.

Consul General Chisholm encouraged export-ready textile and footwear manufacturers to seize the opportunity to enter the US market, which is already the top export destination for products from KwaZulu Natal. The Trade Hub highlighted particular opportunities for niche markets such as technical textiles and workwear and discussed AGOA rules and how exporters can benefit from duty exemptions for South African apparel products in the US market. Textile and apparel companies expressed an interest to explore the possibilities of importing US-made raw materials to South Africa and re-export them as final products to the United States.

Photo (left to right): Trade Hub Senior Textiles/Apparel Advisor Mohamed Abouiiana, US Consul General Francis Chisholm, Newcastle Mayor Fazul Rahman, and Political and Economical Officer Claire Breedlove Smith.