TRALAC - Trade Law Centre

Wesgro/Tralac AGOA seminar held in Cape Town

Thursday, 15 February 2018

Source: TRALAC

On 6 February, tralac (through tralac Associate Eckart Naumann) joined the Tourism, Trade and Investment Promotion Agency for Cape Town (WESGRO), along with the US embassy, the USAID Trade and Investment Hub (SATIHUB) and the South African Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), in presenting an exporter-focused AGOA seminar at the new Invest SA One Stop Shop in Cape Town’s CBD.

Attendance at the seminar was oversubscribed and attracted a diverse range of interested stakeholders.

This included representatives from industries such as seafood, textiles and clothing, petrochemicals, wine, furniture, food services, agri-processing, homeware, meat, fruit, among others.

 

 

wesgro seminar

 

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The seminar gave participants a broad overview of AGOA, but also focused on many important legislative, political and technical aspects relevant to traders, helping exporters create a clearer picture of the opportunities offered through AGOA.

Topics covered included the broader political dimension and experiences during the AGOA renewal process (and the role of South Africa in resolving some of the issues around chicken, beef and pork imports from the US), US law-making, legislative history and future of AGOA (with 7 years to go prior to expiry), product coverage, the applicable US tariff regime for exporters from AGOA beneficiaries, the rules of origin (local processing requirements), the bilateral US-Africa and US-South Africa trade relationship and performance, available online AGOA resources, relevant US food safety standards and requirements (through a presentation by the US Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services APHIS), as well as a presentation on the extensive range of exporter and investor support services offered by USAID’s Southern African Trade and Investment Hub (SATIHUB).

Tralac has prepared an Infographic brochure for the seminar which can also be downloaded from the link alongside.

 

 

AGOA SA 1 web

AGOA SA 2 web

 

 

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