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Step 9: Obtaining finance/resources for your exports

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DTI export incentives - the EMIA scheme



EMIA stands for Export Marketing and Investment Assistance and this is a incentive scheme introduced and administered by Government (or more specifically the Department of Trade and Industry - thedti). The purpose of assistance under the EMlA scheme is to partially compensate exporters for costs incurred in respect of activities aimed at developing export markets for South African products and services abroad, and to recruit new foreign direct investment and potential customers into South Africa.

Any assistance provided under the EMIA schemes is at the absolute discretion of the Deputy Director-General of Trade and Investment South Africa (TAISA) whose decision will be final. No EMIA incentives are available for the period from 10 December up to and including 10 January of each year.

EMIA is broadly divided into two types, individual participation schemes and group schemes.

  • Individual Participation Incentive Schemes administered by TAISA include:

  • Group Participation Incentive Schemes administered by TAISA include:

    To learn more about each of these incentive schemes, please click on the link in question as provided above! Please note, as the ExportHelp web portal is about exporting, we do not provide any information on this site about the various investment schemes mentioned above. If you are interested in any of these investment schemes, please click on the link provided above and you will be redirected to thedti web page dealing with that particular scheme.

    Mandatory conditions

    • All entities should have traded for more than one financial year.
    • The entity must be a registered legal entity in South Africa in terms of the Companies Act, 1973 (as amended), or the Close Corporations Act, 1984 (as amended) or Cooperatives Act, 1981 (as amended) except in case of a sole proprietor and partnerships.
    • The applicant must be a taxpayer in good standing and provide a valid tax clearance certificate before EMIA incentive is disbursed.
    • Completed applications should reach the dti two months before the commencement date of the event.
    • Applications cannot be considered earlier than six months prior to the commencement date of the event.
    • Applications submitted on the last day will be allowed 5 working days to submit outstanding information.
    • Entities applying for EMIA financial assistance might be subject to a site visit being conducted.
    • Any material changes related to the application must be notified in writing to EMIA before the commencement of the event and the changes must be approved by the Adjudication Committee/Senior Manager.
    Disclaimer: Please note that the information given here is largely our own interpretation of the official thedti EMIA incentive scheme. We have done our best to ensure that the information is as accurate and up-to-date as possible. What is more we believe that we have also corrected some of the minor mistakes that have crept into thedti's official guidelines. We think this is a good effort and we have tried to be as accurate and up-to-date as possible. Nevetheless, users are advised to check the dti website for any changes or if they have any queries. The final decision lies with thedti and we cannot be held responsible for any errors or ommissions contained in this website, or for any actions taken (or any misinterpretations) on your part based on the information contained herein. If you come across any inconsistencies with the official documentation, please let us know, or if you have any questions please ask us by clicking here.

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Step 9: Obtaining finances/resources for your exports
      Bank financing
      Payment methods as a means of financing
            Definitions and terminology
            Individual Exhibitions (IE)
            Individual Inward-bound Mission (IIBM)
            In-store promotions (IP)
            Primary Market Research (PMR)
            Group Inward Buying Trade Missions (IBM)
            National Pavilions (NP)
      Payment terms and export financing
      Pricing as a means of financing
      Export receivables
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