The Durban Chamber hosts inbound missions in partnership with various stakeholders, to promote trade opportunities and business-to-business meetings with trade delegations. International trade missions play a significant role in the economic development of our country.

The Durban Chamber helps to grow your business globally introducing you to international chambers worldwide. This means that our members have full access to an international network of businesses, as well as access to international markets. 

Grow your business globally


Help you make contact with visiting trade delegations


Introduce you to international Chambers of Commerce worldwide


Introduce your business to the South African Embassy of that particular country where you want to do business


Process Certificate of Origin


Access to opportunities through hosting inbound trade delegations


Access information on export and import regulations


Facilitate trade and investment opportunities

International Business Specialist

Year on year, the Durban Chamber makes ongoing strides in helping to facilitate international trade and investment opportunities with key partners around the City to give Durban businesses a look at what was being offered in the international market.

Six inbound delegations were hosted, namely:
British Trade Envoy
Mauritius Trade and Investment Mission
Taiwan business delegation
A Chinese delegation from the Cangzhou Bohai
SACEA – Hubei Inbound Delegation
Durban Business Fair (Niger, Zimbabwe, Ghana)

Online Certificate of Origin

We issue Certificates of Origin (COO), an international trade document that attests that goods are wholly manufactured and produced in a particular country and promote growth along the value chain. The Durban Chamber processes COOs both manually at our COO Service Desk, and online via our e-Certificate of Origin platform, which is faster and more cost-efficient.

essDOCS, operates the world’s most substantial electronic Certificate of Origin network, including more than 200 Chambers of Commerce and over 33,000 Exporters and Freight Forwarders, issuing eCOs out of 12 export countries and receiving eCOs into 203 import countries.

By using essCert eCOs, our members and business users can apply for, sign, stamp and receive back original electronic Certificates of Origin, eliminating time-consuming and inefficient, manual paper-based processes. The Durban Chamber is excited about introducing this tool, and we hope that the exporters across the province and South Africa who utilise our services benefit from the streamlined efficiencies this tool will add to our overall value proposition.

How to apply for Certificate of Origin
Registration Form
How to use online platform
View online Video

For further information click here

Trade Agreements

Trade Agreements in Africa

The trade and investment department accelerates government-to-government relations and mechanisms to advance a developmental agenda in Africa that focuses on:

  1. Identifying and establishing joint investment projects in partner countries
  2. Promoting two-way trade
  3. Coordinating South African technical cooperation and assistance to support policy and institutional development in partner countries
  4. Promoting cross-border infrastructure development, notably on the basis of the SDI methodology
  5. Promoting regional integration through the strengthening and consolidation of the Southern African Customs Union (SACU) and the Southern African Development Community (SADC) free trade agreement
  6. Negotiating agreements on investment protection and economic cooperation

Main Trade agreements

South Africa has signed many agreements with its trading partners in the past few years. The country is also a beneficiary of a number of non-reciprocal trade arrangements, among them the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) and the Generalised System of Preferences.

Trade Documentation 

Contact us for the below Documents

Authorisation and Nomination letters

Certificate of Origin

First Time Guide for COO




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