Trade Policy - Country of Origin Labelling (CoOL)
The Doha rand may be concluded in Barley later this year, with smaller issues being agreed, such as: common internal standards for customs management and control, and CoOL.
The African Growth & Opportunity Act (AGOA) AGOA provides for duty free access to the US market for sub-Saharan African countries. Currently South Africa enjoys these benefits, however, there are political lobbyists in the US that feel that South Africa should not enjoy the same benefits as the less developed countries in Africa by virtue of its per capita Gross Domestic Product (GDP). The South African government is busy assisting industry in motivating for continued benefits for South Africa and for the continuation of the AGOA benefit in general.
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Negotiations are currently underway for either a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) or Preferential Trade Agreement (PTA). In general, the majority of South African business is opposed to any access to the South African market for India. This has caused a slowdown in the negotiations. Footwear interests are being strongly represented in this process.
Tripartite Free Trade Agreement Negotiations are currently underway between the South African Development Community (SADC), Common Market for Eastern & Southern Africa (COMESA) and East African Community (EAC). At the moment the Rules of Origin are being negotiated as one of the prime instruments for the functioning of this Agreement. Other issues such as phase-in periods etc. are also under discussion. Currently South Africa is developing its defensive position.
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SAFLIA is represented at Teselico through its membership of The South African Chamber of Commerce & Industry (SACCI). As a result of our membership with SACCI, we are also included in the Business Trade Unity South Africa (BUSA) Trade Policy Committee.
With regard to trade negotiations, there are 2 forms, namely; multilateral arrangements and bilateral arrangements. The multilateral arrangements primarily involve negotiations at the World Trade Organisation (WTO). Bilateral arrangements involve direct negotiations with specific countries. Recently the majority of these Agreements are developed as a South African Customs Union (SACU) position. SACU comprises the Republic of Botswana, then Kingdom of Lesotho, the Republic of Namibia, the Republic of South Africa and the Kingdom of Swaziland.
Developments regarding the various trade agreement negotiations are summarised in the specific categories.
An arrangement exists with a training professional to train Customs Officials at the various key border posts on product knowledge regarding footwear. Contact information:
- Jannie Kriel
- Customs Training