International Trade Agreements: South Africa’s preferential market access agreements

This agreement came into force on 1 May 2004 after it was ratified by all EU member states. In terms of the Agreement, by 2010, the EU was expected to liberalise 95% of its duties on South African originating products. In turn, by 2012, South Africa undertook to liberalise 86% of its duties on EU originating products. It means that only a limited number of product lines are not as yet subject to any of the regimes of tariff phasedown under the Agreement. There is currently a review of the Agreement under way, which is aimed at broadening the scope of product coverage. This is taking place under the auspices of the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) negotiations between the SADC EPA configuration and the EC.