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Relying on imports to feed the nation

The ongoing El Niño has resulted in far below-average rainfall and very high temperatures in Southern Africa, adversely affecting agriculture in the region...

By Sindy Peters 4 Feb 2016 07:21

Exports give Mercedes sales impetus

Mercedes-Benz SA is exporting nearly 90% of C-Class production at its East London assembly plant, as the addition of new foreign markets compensates for a continuing industrywide slide...

By David Furlonger 3 Feb 2016 12:20

SA trade surplus widens

South Africa's trade surplus widened to R8.22bn in December from R683m in November. This was higher than the expectation of a R1.8bn surplus...

By Carin Smith 1 Feb 2016 09:57

Benefits of the weakened rand

A part from other economic factors such as the interest rate and the level of inflation, South Africa's exchange rate is one of the most vital aspects to the health of the country's economy...

22 Jan 2016 10:14

US poultry exports exempt from Indiana avian flu outbreak

The outbreak of avian flu at a turkey farm in Indiana will not affect US poultry exports to SA as this possibility was dealt with in the recent agreements concluded between the two countries...

By Linda Ensor 20 Jan 2016 07:15

Agoa deadline stretched to retain US leverage

The US government has adopted a "prudent, risk-averse" approach in extending rather than completely lifting the threatened suspension of SA's agricultural products under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (Agoa), the Department of Trade and Industry's director-general Lionel October says...

By Linda Ensor and Simon Barber 14 Jan 2016 09:50

DTI 'working' to get US poultry on SA shelves

The suspension of South Africa's agriculture benefits from AGOA on March 15 will be lifted as soon as the first shipment of poultry enters the SA market...

14 Jan 2016 10:24

SA has two months to implement latest Agoa deal

SA has two months to show it is implementing week's 11th-hour agreement to open its market to US poultry and other meats or it will again face loss of trade preferences under AGOA...

By Simon Barber 12 Jan 2016 11:15

SA bulk exports up 7.3% in 2015 to record 168-million tons

SA's bulk export volumes rose 7.3% in 2015 to a record 168-million tons (Mt) after only a 2.6% gain in 2014 and a 2.8% rise in 2013, data from the TNPA showed...

By Helmo Preuss 11 Jan 2016 08:50

Davies prepares SA for Agoa trade suspension

The possible suspension of South Africa from the African Growth and Opportunity Act (Agoa) will hugely affect the agricultural sector first...

By Karabo Ngoepe 5 Jan 2016 12:20

US set to reimpose tariffs on SA goods

President Barack Obama is set to announce that he is suspending duty-free treatment of South African agricultural products under the African Growth and Opportunity Act...

4 Jan 2016 12:58

SAPA supports poultry import sector transformation

It has been confirmed by The Association for Meat Importers and Exporters (AMIE) that the main imported product - chicken bone-in portions...

22 Dec 2015 08:00

Good news for developing countries as WTO conference concludes

It was a win for the developing countries after the 10th World Trade Organisation (WTO) Ministerial Conference finally closed a deal on elimination of agricultural and export subsidies...

By Kennedy Kangethe 21 Dec 2015 10:27

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