After extensive negotiations, the SADC EU Economic Partnership Agreement is expected to be signed in June 2016, thereby strengthening the EU SADC partnership and opening up new opportunities for business.
The salient aspects for companies operating in those SADC countries who are party to the agreement are:
- guaranteed duty-free, quota-free market access,
- asymmetric market access,
- a large number of safeguards,
- flexible rules of origin, and
- an improved investment climate.
- Elimination of EU export subsidies for agricultural products
The following two presentations provide more details on the actual product categories:
- Unlocking the SADC-EU EPA (regional perspective)
- SADC EU EPA (focus on EU-SA)
- Presentation of DTI to to the Select Committee on Trade and International Relations on 16 August 2016 (document 1, document 2)