Guide to investing in South Africa
International Trade Agreements: Agreements with the USA

Trade, Investment, Development and Cooperation Agreement (TIDCA)

The TIDCA between SACU and the US is a co-operative framework agreement that makes provision for the two parties to negotiate and sign agreements relating to sanitary and phyto-sanitary measures (SPS), customs cooperation, and technical barriers to trade measures (TBT). It also establishes a forum of engagement between the two parties on any matters of mutual interest, including capacity-building and trade and investment promotion.

Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA)

TIFA is a bilateral agreement between South Africa and the US that was signed in 1999, but was dormant until a decision to revive it was taken in 2010. The Agreement provides a bilateral forum for the two countries to address issues of interest including AGOA, TIDCA, trade and investment promotion, non-tariff barriers, SPS, infrastructure and others. It is the main forum for bilateral-engagement with the US on all trade-and-investment related issues.