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Trade Agreements


A number of agreements which provide for preferential market access into South African as well as for South African products into other markets, have been concluded or are in the process of being negotiated with other countries and trading blocs. These are:

Bi-lateral Agreements (Non-reciprocal)

  • Trade Agreement between the Governments of the Republic of South Africa and Southern Rhodesia (Zimbabwe); and
  • Trade Agreement between the Government of the Republic of South Africa and the Government of the Republic of Malawi, providing for preferential access of specific products subject to specific origin requirements and quota permits.
  • Preferential dispensation for goods entering South Africa (Non-reciprocal)

Goods produced or manufactured in the Peoples Republic of Mozambique (Rebate Item 412.25), providing for free or reduced duties subject specific origin requirements Free or Preferential Trade Agreements (FTAs and PTAs) (Reciprocal) TDCA - Agreement on Trade, Development and Cooperation between the European Community and its Member States, of the one part, and the Republic of South Africa, on the other part, which was implemented 1 January 2000.

SADC-Treaty

This treaty of the Southern African Development Community, was implemented on 1 September 2000.

A number of such agreements are in the process of being negotiated or being finalised which will come into operation during 2006. Notably will be the agreements with the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) and with the Common Market of the Southern Cone (MERCOSUR). Other agreements being negotiated are those with the United States of America, India and China.

Generalised System of Preferences

Also known asĀ GSPs (Non- reciprocal)

AGOA
Preferential tariff treatment of textile and apparel articles imported directly into the territory of the United States of America from the Republic as contemplated in the African Growth and Opportunity Act

EU
Non-reciprocal preferential tariff treatment under the Generalised System of Preference granted to developing countries by the European Community

Norway
Non-reciprocal preferential tariff treatment under the Generalised System of Preference granted to developing countries by the Kingdom of Norway

Switzerland
Non-reciprocal preferential tariff treatment under the Generalised System of Preference granted to developing countries by the Swiss Confederation

Russia
Non-reciprocal preferential tariff treatment under the Generalised System of Preference granted to developing countries by the Russian Federation.

Turkey
Non-reciprocal preferential tariff treatment under the Generalised System of Preference granted to developing countries by the Republic of Turkey