Swedish exports to South Africa increased significantly after the sanctions against South Africa were lifted in 1993. In just a year South Africa became Sweden's most important export market in Africa.
After a decline during the recession in 2009, The Swedish exports to South Africa grew again and are today amounting to over 10 billion Swedish kronor per year. The exports consist mainly of industrial products, vehicles and various semi manufactured products.
Exports from South Africa to Sweden have however not fully recovered yet and amounted in 2010 to 3 billion Swedish kronor. The exports mainly consist of industrial products, food (especially fruit, vegetables and wine) and various semi manufactured products.
The number of Swedish companies based in South Africa has grown steadily since 1993 and today amounts to about 100 companies – more than twice as many as in 1997. Major multinational companies such as ABB, Atlas Copco, Electrolux, Ericsson, Volvo, Scania, Tetra Pak and Sandvik are present in South Africa.
The number of Swedish tourists visiting South Africa has increased substantially in the last few years. More than 45,000 Swedish tourists visit South Africa yearly.
If you are interested in doing business with Swedish companies, you can contact the Johannesburg branch of Business Sweden.
In addition there is a Nordic-South African business association, also based in Johannesburg. Contact details to the Swedish Trade Council and the Nordic-South African Business Association are available in the column to the right.
If you want information on how to export products to Sweden, you can contact Open Trade Gate Sweden. Open Trade Gate is a one-stop information centre for exporters from developing countries, mainly focusing on trade rules and regulations. Open Trade Gate's services are free of charge. > Visit the website of Open Trade Gate Sweden.