South Africa – Export Marketing & Investment Assistance Scheme (EMIA)

Grant Name: Export Marketing & Investment Assistance Scheme (EMIA)
Country: South Africa
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The Export Marketing and Investment Assistance (EMIA) scheme develops export markets for South African products and services and to recruit new foreign direct investment into the country.


  • Provide marketing assistance to develop new export markets and grow existing export markets;
  • Assist with the identification of new export markets through market research;
  • Assist companies to increase their competitive by supporting patent registrations, quality marks and product marks;
  • Assist with facilitation to grow FDI through missions and FDI research; and
  • Increase the contribution of black-owned businesses and SMMEs to South Africa’s economy.

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{5fd5d0c347966b9ca8e0f456e16034dfe54ed0385696705fc3c1ddd66732c056} of the additional costs capped at R100 000 pa;
  • Return economy class-airfare;
  • Subsistence allowance per day;

Eligible Enterprises

  • South African manufactures 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.

To Apply:

Department of Trade and Industry
0861 843 384