Agriculture & Market Access

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The Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) between the European Union and the Southern African Development Community came into effect in October 2016. It provides for the full liberalisation of tariffs on most product lines. There is greater capacity to export more agricultural products from South Africa under the tariff-rate quotas in the Agreement and through enhanced cooperation between the EU and South Africa on food safety standards, maintaining animal and plant health systems, and establishing the required quality infrastructure to support exporters.

The EPA agreement covers:

  • Improved market access
  • Regional integration
  • New rules of origin
  • Elimination of all export subsidies
  • More effective safeguards

The EU Chamber pursues the following objectives:

  • Ensure the successful implementation of SADC-EU EPA.
  • Consolidate ability and enhance the capacity of the EU business community to influence policy processes in SA.
  • Take into consideration SA’s potential role as a regional hub – Africa Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA), SADC and other Regional Economic Communities (REC’s).

Our work specifically focuses on:

  • EPA implementation:
    • Identify and design partnership approaches to enhance trade and investment – considering inclusive models for development.
    • Identify and promote mutually beneficial business opportunities for EU and SA businesses.
  • Market access issues: Identify and develop approaches to resolve market access challenges

SADC-EU EPA Outreach South Africa

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  • Opportunities in the South African Cotton & Wool Value Chains

    As a single market, the EU is South Africa’s largest trading partner, making up 30% of South Africa’s imports and 24% of South Africa’s exports in 2019. The EU is also the largest investor in South Africa.
  • TRQ Value Chain Report

    The SADC-EU Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) came into effect on 1 October 2016 and provides for the full liberalisation of tariffs on most product lines.