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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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  • THANK YOU
  • NDIYABULELA
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