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Trade Agreement Eu And South Africa

The agricultural sector is traditionally the most protected sector in the EU and has been generally excluded by the EU in other free trade agreements. In its mandate, the EU immediately excluded about 46% of agriculture from the free trade agreement with SA. Two other agreements were concluded in the context of establishing comprehensive relations with the EU: the request for negotiations with SA was expressed in the EU`s desire to support SA`s new democracy and to tackle the legacy of the past. The EU argued that a free trade area was the best and only way to enable SA to have better market access. The EU mandate has dampened SA`s high expectations. However, South Africa has decided to establish and develop a strategic partnership with the EU, which is South Africa`s main trading and investment partner. The EPA provides asymmetric access to the partners of the APE CDAA group. They can protect sensitive products from full liberalisation and safeguards can be taken if imports from the EU increase too rapidly. A detailed chapter on development identifies areas of trade that can benefit from financing.

The agreement also contains a chapter on sustainable development that covers social and environmental issues. Rules of origin are the backbone of a preferential trade agreement, as SA is about to sign with the EU. These rules prohibit the diversion of trade and thus protect the integrity of the agreement. The protocol will therefore define the administrative framework for the agreement between SA and the EU. It dictates what would be considered local content and has the same function as a passport for a human being. The rules determine whether the operators of the contracting parties are able to reap the benefits of duty-free access to each other`s markets. The main features of the protocol are: with regard to the accumulation under the Lomé Convention – that is, trade to all ACP countries to the EU – the EU has committed to repeal the current ad hoc regime with regard to SA and to replace it with a diagonal accumulation with SA. This means that ACP countries, including BLNS, will be able to combine with materials that have acquired their original SA status. There are duty-free exchanges between South Africa and the four other countries (Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia and eSwatini) that make up the Southern African Customs Union (SACU). The 2012 Southern African Development Community (SADC) Free Trade Agreement allows duty-free trade between 12 of the 15 members. The Trade and Development Cooperation Agreement between the European Union and South Africa, which came into force in 2000, has made available a progressive free trade agreement (FTA) that has become the cornerstone of the regional trading landscape. South Africa has also negotiated agreements with the European Free Trade Association and Mercosur.

South Africa, through SADC, has concluded negotiations on Phase I of the tripartite free trade agreement, which includes the CDAA, the East African Community (EAC) and the East and South African Common Market (COMESA) in a free trade area. In this scenario, the SACUM-UK regime will be maintained, but it will also lead to new commercial complications and uncertainties as to how to deal with issues such as the level and quantity of local intermediate consumption in south African car production for export to the EU and the UK market. An agreement between the EU and the UK will therefore be the most privileged outcome for the SACUM countries. Until the UK decided to leave the EU, it negotiated with South Africa under an Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) between the EU and some southern African Development Community (SADC) member states.

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