EXPORTERS, both big and small, are invited to enter the annual Exporter of the Year competition run by the Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
This year marks the 27th anniversary of the competition. The aim of the competition is to promote exports and to recognise the achievements of local exporters who often succeeded in the face of tough global competition.
“Our manufacturing industries have been through a difficult time and exporting has been challenging, but we are confident that many companies have excelled in the adverse circumstances and we look forward to honouring them,” said Ms Janine Myburgh, President of the Chamber.
“It is in the hard times that some of best new ideas emerge because we are compelled to look for better value and more cost-efficient ways of doing things”, she said. “We are expecting some pleasant surprises when this year’s entries come in.”
The closing date for entries is Friday, October 6th, and the names of winners will be announced at a gala dinner on Thursday, November 2.

ECIC/Cape Chamber of Commerce Western Cape Exporter of the Year Trophy
The Cape Chamber of Commerce floating trophy is awarded to the company who meets the judges’ criteria for commitment to exporting. All exporters, small or large, stand an equal chance of winning this prestigious top award.
Non-Engineering Trophy
This trophy is awarded to a non-engineering company producing products or services.
Engineering/ Manufacturing sector Trophy
This trophy is awarded to a company in the engineering/ manufacturing sector.
Small Exporter Trophy
This trophy is awarded annually to a small company as defined in the National Small Business Act.
Innovation Trophy
This trophy is awarded to the company that displays the ability to build sustainable revenue through creativity.
Design (Exporter) Award
The winning company will show the use of local design skill expertise as the major component (or distinguishing factor) of the product and/or service being exported and the resulting product and/or service is original, has local flavour, is uniquely South African and shows local fit-for-purpose in a developing country context.
Exporting to Africa Trophy
The winning company will show excellence in the exporting of products and/or services into Africa.
Transformation Trophy
This trophy is awarded to the company that has undergone the greatest transformation as per the BBBEE criteria.

For more information, please contact or download the application form here.