Export Portal

Yes, a new complete application needs to be submitted with SARS, with the complete set of documentation, including the full range of DA185’s that need to be re-completed and resubmitted.
Yes, TIKZN actively markets and assists companies to apply for and claim the full range of DTIC incentives.
TIKZN does indeed have a range of incentives, including the Financial Assistance Scheme (FAS), as well as the Technical Assistance Fund (TAF). The EDPU can be contacted for further details herein.
The EDPU does assist with the completion and perusal of forms and documentation but can no longer submit directly at SARS and this must be done by client. The EDPU can however advise and assist where possible, this service being free of charge.
The EDPU does indeed provide exporter training for both aspirant (emerging), as well as existing (advanced) exporters, these courses being sub-divided into emerging and advanced, both being offered cost-free to attendees.
The EDPU does offer a wide range of services to non-exporters in the hope that, after having made use of these services, these companies will be in a better position to export. These services include the rolling-out of productivity-improvement services with Productivity SA, as well as mentorship as offered by PUM and SES.
PUM stands for Programme Uitzendings Manager and is a mentorship and outreach programme funded by the Dutch ministry of foreign affairs, whereby a Dutch expert with a proven track record in a particular industry travels to SA to mentor the applicant company in matter of productivity, efficiency, marketing and exports. SES stands for Senior Experten Service and is a German programme offering similar services. Both are offered cost-free to applicant companies, with these companies only incurring a non-refundable commitment fee payable to TIKZN.
TIKZN typically covers the cost of stand rental at a local (SA) show, with the exhibitor being liable for the costs of travel and accommodation, as well as the costs of the freighting of his goods to be exhibited at the show. Sometimes TIKZN does however cover the freight costs. TIKZN does also assist local traders to exhibit on foreign shows and procures funding from the DTIC for this purpose.
Visit https://exportkzn.co.za and click on the Register link. Complete items as required in the registration form.
Be sure to include at least the Company Name and email address. An email will be sent to you confirming your username and password, which can be used to login at the provided link
  • Login with the supplied username and password at the link included in your welcome email (received after registration)
  • Manage Profile allows you to edit specific information by clicking on the item(s) that you would like to change
  • Add Company Logo enables the adding of an image which will be displayed as the company logo, in all search results
  • Manage Products provides two options, 1. Insert Product - to add new products and 2. Update Product - to add more information/detail for specific products and also to upload product images.
  • Change Password provides and option to change your password to one of your choice
  • Help provides a brief overview of the menu items and tasks that can be performed when selecting each
  • Logout logs you out of the system
  • Visit https://exportkzn.co.za
  • Select Product under section 1 in the Search Bar
  • Fill in the required information that you would like to search for
  • Click the Search button
Please contact the KZN Export Information Portal support team at support@exportkzn.co.za or 031 368 9600

About Exporting

  • It provides an opportunity to grow and sustain business operations;
  • It offers the advantages of a larger market with greater economies of scale;
  • It enables the Province of KwaZulu-Natal to attract investments and new business, thereby creating employment opportunities;
  • Export-driven growth for the Province and the South African economy is important as it allows the country to balance finances and surpass debt, thereby providing the facilities and materials for the export to exist in the first place; and
  • Increased export growth can trigger greater productivity, creating more exports in an upward spiral cycle.
All persons who will be exporting commercial goods from South Africa must register with the South African Revenue Services (SARS), and duly complete a DA185 registration form. This form can be downloaded from https://www.sars.gov.za/ClientSegments/Customs-Excise/Registration-and-Licensing/Pages/Exporters.aspx. New Applications lodged on a DA 185 Form, will require supporting documents which are also listed on the SARS website.

TIKZN Support for Exporters

TIKZN’s Export Development and Promotion Unit has various market development programmes that can assist you in promoting your products which include, online trade platform the KZN Export Information Portal, participation in inward and outward missions, and participation in selected local and international exhibitions.

Training and Workshops

Yes, the Export Development and Promotion Unit of TIKZN facilities regular export related training and workshops. Contact us on 031 368 9600 for information on the next capacity building activity.
Interested companies are requested to register on the KZN Export Information Portal so that TIKZN is able to notify you of these trade opportunities or alternatively contact us directly to discuss your export promotion requirements.


This information is available on the Department of Trade and Industry website i.e. http://www.thedtic.gov.za/ and links to these trade agreements is available on the South African Revenue Services website i.e.
The Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System, also known as the Harmonized System (HS) of tariff is an internationally standardized system of names and numbers to classify traded products. HS Codes for products can be obtained from Customs and Excise on (031) 367 6100 or https://www.sars.gov.za. TIKZN can also be contacted for support on your HS Code.
The Incoterms rules or International Commercial Terms are a series of pre-defined commercial terms published by the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) that are widely used in International commercial transactions or procurement processes. A series of three-letter trade terms related to common contractual sales practices, the Incoterms rules are intended primarily to clearly communicate the tasks, costs, and risks associated with the transportation and delivery of goods. The Incoterms rules are accepted by governments, legal authorities, and practitioners worldwide for the interpretation of most commonly used terms in international trade.


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