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This week in Really Useful Resources you will:

• Learn about opportunities in South Africa
• Find free assistance for exporting food and other agricultural products
• Get the lower international freight rates

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South Africa
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South Africa has become the economic giant of Africa, its GDP accounting for about 40% of the total GDP of Africa. In the service sector, 75% of the largest companies in Africa are South African. All sectors of the South African economy are open to foreign investors. No government approval is required and there are virtually no restrictions on the form or extent of the investment.

Business in South Africa
Johannesburg, economic capital

Among the sectors with high growth potential are business process outsourcing (such as call centers), as well as the telecommunications and transportation sectors, both of which are being privatized.

According to the latest data published on the website of AGOA - (African Growth and Opportunity Act) covering the first 9 months of 2011, exports from South Africa to the United States increased 16% over the same period of 2010, to nearly $7 billion. A total of $2.7 billion worth of goods therefore entered the U.S. market without any customs fees under the US-African Growth and Opportunity Act. This agreement allows nearly 6500 products, including clothing, cars, shoes and fruits, from 38 African countries to enter the U.S. duty free.
Click here to view the list of member countries of the AGOA.

For more information on trade relations between the United States and South Africa
• 2011: US trade in goods with South Africa on the Census Bureau's Website
• 2011: US-South Africa Trade Relations on the Office of the United States Trade Representative's Website
US-South Africa relations on the South African Department of International Relations and Cooperation's Website

To assist you in your business in South Africa:
US South Africa Business Council
The American Chamber of Commerce in South Africa
The Embassy of the United States in South Africa
The SAABC-South African Association of Business Communities
Doing business in South Africa - (Pocket Guide 2010/2011) on the South African Department of Communication and Information System's Website

For information about other countries:
• Find reports and resources for 185 countries, FITA Country Miniportals
• The mini portals of


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As the year draws to a close, we review 2011, including, among others, China’s 12th five-year plan.
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Despite a tough few years, New Zealand is seizing its potential, and we show you how and why.

Finally, we look at Chile’s business investment opportunities, give you ten reasons to invest and demonstrate why it’s a great place for direct investment, as long as you do your homework.
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Exporting Agricultural Products

10% of total US exports are agricultural products. If you need help, leads and market research to export these products take a look at several government services and agencies that support farmers, food producers and other agricultural exporters. If you are a food exporter make sure to use their services, most of which are free!

The Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) division of the U.S. Department of Agriculture provides statistics, market information and sales support to U.S. agricultural exporters. In addition to its Washington staff it has a global network of 98 offices in 75 countries covering 156 countries. These offices are staffed by agricultural attachés and locally hired staff that are the eyes, ears, and voice for U.S. agriculture around the world. FAS staff identify problems, provide practical solutions and work to advance opportunities for U.S. agriculture around the globe.

In addition to the FAS, there are several multistate agencies that provide local services to agricultural exporters. Food Export-Midwest and Food Export-Northeast share a website that offers exporting advice, leads (only for registered users), news, webinars and many more resources for food exporters in the US Northeast and Midwest regions. Similar organizations provide these services in the southern US and the western US.

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Calculating Freight Rates

Figuring out how much it will cost to ship a container or even a smaller shipment is not a straightforward process. This is because of a complicated system of setting freight rates. Each carrier has its own rate tables, but they make lower-cost agreements with certain freight forwarders, NVOCCs (Non-Vessel Operating Common Carrier) and other agents. For many years several internet companies have tried to aggregate rates from various carriers, NVOCCs and freight forwarders. It has been difficult since these providers tend to be secretive about their rates. However, as internet use is now universal in the freight business and as social media has increased exchange of information, a few websites offer some guidance for calculating freight costs. claims to have access to hundreds of rates from hundreds of carriers and service providers. You have to register information about your shipment and you will then have logistics providers bid on your request. It takes a few days but it can result in good rates and substantial savings. Other similar websites include Freightbook and The Freight Rate Co. And keep an eye on Twitter for people who report rates they have found.

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