South Africa could still lose its AGOA benefits

SA runs the risk of losing its duty-free benefits for goods exported to the US as part of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA).

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President Barack Obama has given South Africa until 15 March to fully comply with US requirements on meat imports.

“The US does not want further assurances. It wishes to see product actually arriving in South Africa,” said David Wolpert, CEO of the Association of Meat Importers and Exporters of South Africa (AMIE).

SA needs to finalise things as soon as possible to minimise economic harm to the country’s economy.

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“From our vantage point the outstanding issues seem to be administrative and communication issues which will surely be overcome shortly,” Wolpert told Farmer’s Weekly.

View the document for comprehensive details on criteria for application for AGOA benefits, eligibility, fees and the International Trade Administration Commission of South Africa process.