Trade policy and practice

How a post-COVID-19 revival could kickstart Africa's free trade area
Article by Dr Faizel Ismail, Director of the Nelson Mandela School of Public Governance, University of Cape Town, and TIPS Research Fellow in The Conversation 26 May, 2020.

Making Britain great again! For what purpose? Implications for South Africa's future relations with the UK post-Brexit!
This paper looks at the future of South Africa-United Kingdom trade relations in the post-Brexit period. It provides a brief background and looks at the history of trade relations until the onset of democracy in1994. It then looks at SA-UK trade relations since 1994, including the negotiations the led to the Southern African Development Community-Economic Partnership Agreement. Authors: Dr Faizel Ismail and Jay Grunder.

Decreasing import customs fraud in the context of customs modernisation
This report provides background into the key approaches to customs fraud management, and outlines the processes as well as work done by the South African Revenue Service (SARS)to improve the customs environment. The report finds that as these management processes improve, there will be less physical control at border posts. While South Africa is still a way from being in such a position, the systems and the process are in place to move in that direction, and there is an important role for the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) to play to support the decrease of customs fraud. Author: Sandy Lowitt (TIPS).

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