Tag: Agriculture

Export opportunities for South African producers under the new market access conditions in the SADC-EU EPA

Export opportunities for South African producers under the new market access conditions in the SADC-EU EPA

Willemien Viljoen - 6 Dec 2017 Discussions

Willemien Viljoen, tralac Researcher, comments on the new market access provisions for South African agricultural exports under the SADC-EU EPA

The new market access provisions of the SADC-EU EPA came into effect on 1 November 2016 after two conditions were met: ratification of the EPA by the SACU member states and the bilateral exchange of notifications on Geographical Indications (GIs) by South Africa and the EU in accordance with Protocol 3 of the EPA. The new market access commitments have improved market access for South African agricultural products, including fish, sweet oranges, flowers, skimmed milk powder, canned fruits, frozen orange juice, wine, sugar and ethanol. The EPA allows for 96.2 percent of South Arica’s exports to the EU to enter duty-free, while 2.5 percent of South Africa exports have been partially liberalised. Only 1.3 percent of products exported by South Africa to EU countries are excluded from tariff liberalisation. Most of the products excluded from tariff reduction commitments are agricultural products, foodstuffs and beverages. Products not subject to tariff liberalisation include bovine meats and offal, flours (maize and

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4 Dec 2017 News
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