Sadc Free Trade Area Agreement

SADC is committed to removing barriers to trade, such as import/export quotas and administrative oversight. Improved trade opportunities for goods: The EPA guarantees duty- and quota-free access to the EU market for Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia and Eswatini. South Africa benefits from new market access compared to the EU-South Africa Trade, Development and Cooperation Agreement (TDCA), which currently governs trade relations with the EU until October 2016 (when the EPA entered into force provisionally, thus eliminating the trade component of the TDCA). The new access includes better trading conditions, particularly in the agriculture and fisheries sector, notably for wine, sugar, fishery products, flowers and fruit cans. The EU will benefit from significant new access to the Southern African Customs Union (wheat, barley, cheese, meat products and butter) and will be guaranteed a bilateral agreement with Mozambique, one of the least developed countries in the region. The agreement was the first regional EPA in Africa to be fully operational after Mozambique began implementing the EPA in February 2018. SADC aims to facilitate trade by simplifying, harmonizing, standardizing and modernizing regional customs procedures. Relative to SADC trade as a whole, intra-SADC trade increased from only 15.7 per cent to 18.5 per cent over the same period. Trade liberalization focuses on the process of opening markets to international trade by reducing trade restrictions, including tariffs and non-tariff barriers to the import and export of goods. The SADC Trade Protocol (2005), as amended, provides for the establishment of a free trade area in the SADC region until 2008 and aims to further liberalize intraregional trade in goods and services; ensure efficient production; contribute to improving the climate for domestic, cross-border and foreign investment; and to promote the economic development, diversification and industrialization of the region.

Mauritian operators trading in the region are urged to use the online system to report NTB. The site lists the different types of NTBs that can be reported on the system. Once the complaint is registered in the database, it is registered with a reference number. This reference number can be used to control who is responsible for the management of the declared NTB and any specific results. The online system also publishes reports of procedural, legislative or regulatory changes announced by Member States in the three CIs, so that all distributors can be continuously informed of commercial requirements. The liberalization of trade in the region will create a larger market and unlock the potential for trade, economic growth and job creation. The SADC Free Trade Area aims to address the following needs of the private sector and other regional actors: SADC countries face many social, development, economic, trade, educational, health, diplomatic, defence, security and political challenges. . . .