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Monday, 24 September 2012

SA wary of signing EPA without greater agricultural market access

According to an article by Business Day, it is unlikely that South Africa will sign an EPA with the EU unless market access for agricultural products is broadened significantly. Under the existing trade and development corporation agreement (TDCA), about 95% of agricultural exports from the EU enter SA duty free, while only about 70% of SA's shipments to the EU enjoy the same duty-free market access. Overall, SA enjoys 95% duty- and quota-free access to the EU.
Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies has stated accordingly that SA needs to secure some material benefit to the country’s businesses over what it has now.
Even if SA has increased its focus on building relations with other developing countries, particularly China, the EU remains its biggest trading partner, with 26% of exports going to the EU.

Source: Business Day