Many local manufacturers are looking at export opportunities for their businesses, but just don’t know where to start in terms of country-specific regulations and trade agreements, customs and excise rates and tariffs, potential exhibitions, promotions and the like. This was the very reason why the Cosmetic Export Council of South Africa (CECOSA) was established as the voice on all opportunities regarding exports, making the process of exporting easier and simpler.
As an independent, non-profit organisation its role is to facilitate and help local companies to expand their business through looking for new export opportunities within global markets. Working in conjunction with the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti), CECOSA’s key objectives is to strengthen industry growth within the cosmetic sector, increase export growth for its members, and encourage enterprise development of the smaller entrepreneurial manufacturers who are export readythrough guidance and mentoring.
The council’s business model has been aligned with certain requirements and regulations within the dti. CECOSA has moved forward with a sound foundation. The council’s first board meeting was held on the 19th July where the chairperson and board members discussed the positive road forward. Emphasis was placed on training and guiding the industry in terms of export possibilities, and assisting with upcoming exhibition opportunities, all contributing to the dti’s measurable export figures.
The council also discussed creating more awareness in the market of the funding the dti offers local brand owners to promote their brands abroad and ways to go about growing the potential of PDI and SMME businesses. For further information contact the Cosmetic Export Manager, Adéle Visser on 011 795 4272 or email:
Professional Beauty, September 2011