The Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA), a landmark agreement in the realm of international trade, was signed in 2013 and came into force in 2017. This pivotal agreement, the first of its kind since the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) inception, sees wide participation, with 172 WTO members, including 42 African nations, as signatories. The TFA is […]Continue reading

On 2, 3 and 7 November 2023 respectively, global shipping frontrunners including AP Moller Maersk (Maersk), Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) and Hapag Lloyd (Hapag) announced that they would be imposing hefty surcharges on congested vessels at South African ports. The decision to impose fees on cargo ships entering South African ports has arisen due to […]Continue reading

South Africa’s poultry sector, a critical component of the nation’s agricultural economy, is under duress. The dual onslaught of avian influenza and the impending decision by Minister Ebrahim Patel, the Minister of Trade, Industry, and Competition, may exacerbate the woes of this R60bn industry. Patel is on the brink of endorsing a course of action […]Continue reading

On 18 August 2023, the South African Department of Industry, Trade and Competition (DTIC) announced that the International Trade Administration Commission of South Africa (ITAC) accepted an application to investigate allegations that active yeast (i.e., bakers’ compressed yeast) was being dumped from Zimbabwe into the South African Customs Union (SACU). This move follows allegations by […]Continue reading

In a significant move to reshape the African trade and economic landscape, the African Union (AU) converged in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, during the 36th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the Union in February 2023. The pivotal outcome of this Session was the adoption of the Protocol to the Agreement establishing the African Continental Free […]Continue reading

Amid the prevailing political narratives, the incident surrounding Lady R and the ongoing challenges presented by Eskom, the core of SA-US relations should pivot towards energy collaboration. While much attention has been diverted to alleged Russian arms deals and their potential implications, it remains clear that the bond established between SA and the US remains […]Continue reading

Africa’s agricultural paradox is an urgent enigma demanding attention. Home to 65% of the world’s remaining uncultivated arable land and with over 60% of the population reliant on farming, the continent still grapples with an alarming agricultural trade deficit. In this setting, the question arises: Can artificial intelligence (AI) be the panacea? A Sobering Reality […]Continue reading

1. The Established Facts South Africa (RSA) is the world’s second largest exporter of Citrus Fruit, second only to Spain. Those exports are worth, world- wide, approximately Euros 1.5  billion, and provide (directly and indirectly) roughly 130,000 jobs in RSA. Spain supplies around one half of all oranges sold in the EU market, equivalent to […]Continue reading