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DIRECTORATE INTERNATIONAL TRADE AMERICAS AND ASIA DESK. PRESENTED BY: Ms PINDIWE JARA 28 AUGUST 2008. OVERVIEW. Trade negotiations with countries of Americas, Asia-Pacific and the Far-East For Americas there is AGOA and SACU-MERCUSOR PTA Currently involved in negotiations with India

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Directorate international trade americas and asia desk

DIRECTORATE INTERNATIONAL TRADEAMERICAS AND ASIA DESK

PRESENTED BY: Ms PINDIWE JARA

28 AUGUST 2008


Overview

OVERVIEW

  • Trade negotiations with countries of Americas, Asia-Pacific and the Far-East

  • For Americas there is AGOA and SACU-MERCUSOR PTA

  • Currently involved in negotiations with India

  • China is a possibility

  • No agreement with Asian countries, normal import duties apply


Agoa benefits and opportunities

AGOA: BENEFITS AND OPPORTUNITIES

  • African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) is the unilateral preferential trade programme offered by the United States

  • Last year South Africa used 25% of its agricultural export opportunities.

  • AGOA was signed in 2000 with an expiry date of 2015 then a new arrangement will come to effect.

  • AGOA grants duty free, quota free market access to sub-Sahara African countries

  • Under AGOA, South African agricultural exports to the US have increased over the past years.


Sacu mercosur pta benefits and opportunities

SACU-MERCOSUR PTA: BENEFITS AND OPPORTUNITIES

  • SACU-MERCOSUR Preferential Trade Agreement is concluded, could be implemented next year

  • MERCOSUR comprises of Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay

  • SACU-MERCOSUR PTA covers a narrow range of products in industrial, agricultural and fisheries.

  • The benefits are in the form of reduced tariffs (25%-100%)


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