Tag: SACU

Intra-SACU Trade Data Analysis

Intra-SACU Trade Data Analysis

30 Nov 16  Publications
The objective for this paper is to examine intra-SACU (Southern Africa Customs Union) trade with a special emphasis on the position of Botswana in this trade and the role of re-exp...
Capacity building at tralac – Geek Week, 7-11 November 2016

Capacity building at tralac – Geek Week, 7-11 November 2016

10 Nov 16  Event
tralac hosted a “Geek Week” at the tralac offices in Stellenbosch from Monday, November 7 to Friday, November 11, 2016 at noon, coordinated by Ron Sandrey with support fro...
How to forge a better SACU? Not by following the News Headlines

How to forge a better SACU? Not by following the News Headlines

02 Nov 16  Discussion
Gerhard Erasmus, tralac Associate, discusses the need for reform in the Southern African Customs Union (SACU) The news of the day tends to shape the news of the day. South Africa...

Intra-SACU Trade Data Analysis

20 Jul 16  Publications
The Southern Africa Customs Union (SACU) is the oldest existing customs union in the world. It was established in 1910 pursuant to a Customs Union Agreement between the then Union ...
South Africa: Tariff policy – does it matter?

South Africa: Tariff policy – does it matter?

13 Jul 16  Publications
In recent years South Africa has increasingly turned to changes in the SACU tariffs to stimulate its economy. These changes have included both decreases in the case of inputs into ...

Does SACU face a Crisis?

17 Jun 16  Publications
It may sound alarmist to suggest that a regional trade arrangement which has been in existence for more than a hundred years finds itself in a crisis. On the other hand, many a com...
Training Programme – Botswana Trade Commission: Cape Town, 23-27 May 2016

Training Programme – Botswana Trade Commission: Cape Town, 23-27 May 2016

01 Jun 16  Event
Trudi Hartzenberg and Gerhard Erasmus presented a training programme for the Botswana Trade Commission in Cape Town on 23-27 May 2016. Government enacted the Botswana Trade Commis...
An analysis of South African agricultural trade, 2010 to 2014 inclusive: highlighting the importance of Africa

An analysis of South African agricultural trade, 2010 to 2014 inclusive: highlighting the importance of Africa

26 May 16  Publications
Until mid-November 2013 it was not possible to accurately assess the profile of South Africa’s agricultural trade. It was only at that date that the South African Revenue Service...
Lesotho’s clothing exports to the United States: an historical and detailed analysis

Lesotho’s clothing exports to the United States: an historical and detailed analysis

20 May 16  Publications
In recent papers tralac has written extensively on Lesotho and trade related issues. Sandrey (2015) confirmed that manufacturing and in particular the textiles and clothing sector ...
The textile and clothing trade in Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia and Swaziland (BLNS)

The textile and clothing trade in Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia and Swaziland (BLNS)

29 Apr 16  Publications
Outside of South Africa there is little traditional manufacturing capacity in Sub-Saharan Africa that is able to make an impact in global export markets. Perhaps the only sector th...
Capacity building at tralac – Geek Week, 11-15 April 2016

Capacity building at tralac – Geek Week, 11-15 April 2016

07 Mar 16  Event
tralac hosted a capacity building initiative, known as a Geek Week, for researchers and trade policy analysts at the tralac offices from 11-15 April 2016. The Geek Week provid...
A historical perspective on South Africa’s trading and investment profile with Africa in recent years

A historical perspective on South Africa’s trading and investment profile with Africa in recent years

10 Dec 15  Publications
The objective of this working paper is to provide some background to the South African trade and investment profile in recent years, with a special emphasis on the trade relations ...
Lesotho – where to?

Lesotho – where to?

27 Nov 15  Publications
The objective of this paper is to provide a background to Lesotho’s economic and trade policies with a particular emphasis on future directions for the Mountain Kingdom. For this...
The SACU Tariff Board: Original Design and Implications of Subsequent Developments

The SACU Tariff Board: Original Design and Implications of Subsequent Developments

11 Nov 15  Publications
With the signing of a new Southern African Customs Union (SACU) Agreement in 2002, the Member States agreed to a new design for conducting the operations of this Organization. ...
tralac Trade Governance and Remedies Workshop, 29 October 2015

tralac Trade Governance and Remedies Workshop, 29 October 2015

28 Oct 15  Event
On 29 October 2015, tralac hosted a workshop on the contemporary legislative and governance needs of Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia and Swaziland (BLNS) with respect to the promot...
What future Scenarios for the Southern African Customs Union?

What future Scenarios for the Southern African Customs Union?

23 Sep 15  Publications
The Southern African Customs Union (SACU) is in an impasse; and has been so for some time now. The Council of Ministers, which is SACU’s “supreme decision making authority”, ...
SACU Roundtable, 17 September 2015

SACU Roundtable, 17 September 2015

16 Sep 15  Event
tralac hosted a roundtable discussion on the Southern African Customs Union (SACU) at the University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business on 17 September 2015. The meeting...
South Africa’s agricultural trading relationship with Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia and Swaziland (BLNS)

South Africa’s agricultural trading relationship with Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia and Swaziland (BLNS)

19 Aug 15  Publications
The objective of this paper is to analyse the Southern African Customs Union’s (SACU) agricultural trading relationship with particular focus on South Africa’s dominant trading...
Black holes in African trade data

Black holes in African trade data

29 Jul 15  Publications
Collating and analysing African trade data is an exercise fraught with difficulties. In many instances this data is not available from its primary source, and this leads to the use...

The Implications of the Tripartite FTA for SACU

01 Jul 15  Publications
How will the recently signed Tripartite FTA change the institutional landscape for trade and regional integration in Southern and Eastern Africa? The optimism levels for the (Cape ...