Africa Trade Partners
connecting African businesses to the world

we offer:

➤ Trade Readiness Assessments

➤ Market Research

➤ Export Business Planning

➤ Duty-free Export Consulting

➤ U.S. Business Culture Training

➤ Customs Brokerage Services


Africa Trade Partners is the liaison for qualified Sub-Saharan African businesses and the U.S.

Headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri in the United States, Africa Trade Partners consults and trains small and medium-sized qualified Sub-Saharan African companies on exporting and doing business with the largest market in the world, the United States. We understand that market entry into the United States can be both costly and confusing for sub-Saharan African business owners who desire to increase revenue by exporting to the U.S. Many African companies don't have access to information on how to prepare their companies to become ready to trade with Americans, and in many instances, duty free.

Whether you are a business owner or a government trade representative, Africa Trade Partners will not only provide consultation on doing business with the United States, but we can also provide training for business owners who wish to expand their operations by exporting products and goods into the U.S. duty free. We bring international business knowledge and professionalism to every client to support your trade needs and concerns.

To see if your county and product(s) are eligible for duty-free trade to the U.S. please get in touch with us to set up a consultation, or use the contact form at the bottom of this page to inquire.


Contact info


St. Louis, MO 63031




trade readiness assessments

CORE™ is a self-assessment tool that will allow you to determine your company's readiness to expand its operations internationally and ascertain its ability to export a particular product. Upon completion of the questionnaire you will be able to systematically and objectively identify your company's strengths and weaknesses concerning exporting. CORE™ generates answers based on your responses and then places them on two independent dimensions of readiness; "Organizational Readiness" and "Product Readiness." At the end of each session, results are presented in a comprehensive, easy to read report.

duty-free export consulting

U.S. legislation that was enacted in 2000 under then-President Bill Clinton abolished duties on nearly 7,000 products manufactured and exported from qualified Sub-Saharan African countries to the United States.

We help you:

  • Identify which products you can export duty free to the U.S.

  • Identify active buyers and provide you with a list of company names, addresses, phone numbers, and actual shipment database records.

market research

Data on five core areas:

  1. Company history, economy and political conditions for 202 countries.

  2. Data on 21 major blocs - including APEC, ESEAN, the European Union, and NAFTA.

  3. Data by Emerging Markets, Frontier Markets, and Mature Markets.

  4. Industry Insights that provide news, events, and statistical data for 20 industry sectors - including Agriculture, Apparel & Textiles, Energy, and Mining, Minerals & Metals.

  5. International business and trade information such as demographic, historical and economics statistics for each of the 50 states in the U.S.

export business planning

Africa Trade Partners provides consulting and business plan templates for both new and export-ready small and medium-sized qualified Sub-Saharan African businesses that plan to export products to the United States.

A solid business plan with goals and action steps is necessary to guide your business through turbulent and often unforeseen economic conditions and problems related to exporting to the United States. It can also inform your potential buyers and financial investors/lenders of the operations of your business.

u.S. business culture training

Understanding the business culture of the United States will not only help reduce frustrations when interacting with American buyers, but it will give you the competitive edge in building a long-lasting relationship with your American business partners. Africa Trade Partners provides virtual and live Business Culture Training for groups and individuals on the following topics:

  • Debunking Common Myths & Perceptions

  • Differences between U.S. Business Culture and West/South African Business Cultures

  • Special Considerations when doing business with the U.S.

  • Understanding regional and sub-cultures within the 50 U.S. States

customs clearing & brokerage services

Looking to export to the U.S.? Need an assessment of your current exporting needs? Let us help. We have a team of qualified U.S. Customs Consultants with 35+ years of customers brokerage experience ready to serve you.

We handle:

  • Trade agreements

  • Compliance audits

  • Document preparation

  • Tax requirements and exemptions

  • Other governmental requirements

  • Tariff treatments

  • Valuation for duty

  • Special assessments