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New Pan-African B2B marketplace "a one-stop-shop for all things African"
New Pan-African B2B marketplace "a one-stop-shop for all things African"

Afrimart, a Pan-African business to business (B2B) e-commerce platform for products made in Africa, has just been launched, offering growth prospects for the less exploited intra-Africa trade...

18 Jul 2018

FairPlay demands enquiry into SA sugar tariff debacle
FairPlay demands enquiry into SA sugar tariff debacle

The FairPlay movement has called for a public enquiry into the fiasco that saw a zero tariff for sugar being set and gazetted in South Africa last year, which allowed importers to bring in and stockpile sugar duty-free...

16 Jul 2018

Rising import food bill a challenge for poorer countries
Rising import food bill a challenge for poorer countries

The world food import bill has broadly tripled since 2000 to reach $1.43tn in 2017, while it has risen around fivefold for countries that are the most vulnerable to food shortages...

10 Jul 2018

#AgriMarkets: Soya bean remains at the heart of US-China trade war
#AgriMarkets: Soya bean remains at the heart of US-China trade war

Soya bean production remains at the heart of the US-China trade war, hence prices were under pressure on Friday (6 July 2018) on the back of the introduction of tariffs. For context, China is the world's largest soya bean consumer and heavily reliant on imports.

By Wandile Sihlobo 9 Jul 2018

What the Africa Continental Free Trade Area agreement means for SA
What the Africa Continental Free Trade Area agreement means for SA

South Africa has signed the African Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) agreement with the African Union, which will pave the way for the country to benefit from inter-regional trade within the African continent...

3 Jul 2018

Uptick in U.S. whiskey imports to South Africa
Uptick in U.S. whiskey imports to South Africa

American whiskey exporters are showing new interest in South Africa as an export destination. American whiskey imports to South Africa grew by more than 17% from 2016 to 2017...

3 Jul 2018

SA signing AfCFTA a significant step towards intra-African trade growth
SA signing AfCFTA a significant step towards intra-African trade growth

The signing of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) agreement by President Ramaphosa on 1 July, at the 31st African Union Summit in Mauritania, is considered a significant step towards increased intra-African trade...

3 Jul 2018

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#MFGIndaba: New dawn for the economy

Manufacturing is an indispensable sector if South Africa is to achieve its economic growth targets in future...

By Danette Breitenbach 27 Jun 2018

#MFGIndaba: Driving the industrial effort
#MFGIndaba: Driving the industrial effort

In his keynote address to the Manufacturing Indaba, Department of Trade and Industry director-general, Lionel October, referred to the Industrial Policy Action Plan 2018 and its focus on key themes...

By Danette Breitenbach 27 Jun 2018

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AfCFTA will foster partnerships among e-commerce firms: Jumia CEO

The African Continental Free Trade Agreement will encourage partnerships among e-commerce firms within the continent, and impact Nigeria's growing economy significantly, believes the CEO of Jumia Nigeria...

27 Jun 2018

Local startup takes Veldskoen from SA to the world
Local startup takes Veldskoen from SA to the world

Cape Town e-commerce startup, Dorp (Digital Online Retail Products), has launched its reimagined version of the classic South African Veldskoen leather walking shoe in the UK and Europe...

22 Jun 2018

Namibia: Barcode centre needed to boost local products on retail shelves
Namibia: Barcode centre needed to boost local products on retail shelves

The Namibia Trade Forum (NTF) is currently working on two projects to boost retail access of locally manufactured goods. These projects entail a feasibility study on establishing a Barcode Centre...

By Edgar Brandt 22 Jun 2018

Key insights into the global lemon market
Key insights into the global lemon market

The global lemon market totalled $13.9bn in 2016, which was 19% more in 2015. This according to the World: Lemons and Limes - Market Report. Analysis and Forecast to 2025, released by IndexBox.

22 Jun 2018

When it comes to imports, timing is everything
When it comes to imports, timing is everything

Even though demand in South Africa for imported goods (think oil, vehicles, and equipment) are high regardless of price, common sense indicates that when the currency is stronger, it becomes cheaper to do so...

By Dr Greg Cline 18 Jun 2018

Travellers urged to comply with SA's import regulations
Travellers urged to comply with SA's import regulations

The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries has called all international travellers, who will be visiting South Africa during the June and July school holidays, to comply with the country's import requirements for agricultural and related regulated products...

18 Jun 2018

Key insights into the global pantyhose and tights market
Key insights into the global pantyhose and tights market

The number of pantyhose imported worldwide totalled 1.3 million tonnes in 2016, remaining constant against the previous year's level...

18 Jun 2018

Wesgro selected as BSO partner for SIPPO to enhance exports of agri-processed goods
Wesgro selected as BSO partner for SIPPO to enhance exports of agri-processed goods

"Wesgro is excited about the partnership with Swiss Import Promotion Programme as we believe that the programme will help us to broaden the participation of Western Cape enterprises in export promotion and increase market access into Europe."

15 Jun 2018

Growing appreciation for bourbon among SA whiskey drinkers
Growing appreciation for bourbon among SA whiskey drinkers

South Africa's growing numbers of Scotch whisky and Irish whiskey lovers are becoming increasingly appreciative of authentic American bourbon...

14 Jun 2018

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Key insights into the global sesame seed market

The increased global consumption of sesame seeds is mainly due to the heightened demand for the product from the growing Asian and African populations...

8 Jun 2018

Global insights into the jewellery export market
Global insights into the jewellery export market

The amount of jewellery exported worldwide reduced by -1.8% against the previous year level, according to the report 'World: Jewelry - Market Report. Analysis and Forecast to 2025', recently published by IndexBox.

7 Jun 2018

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Fresh produce markets an effective link between traders and farmers

Fresh produce markets have created employment and entrepreneurship opportunities for thousands of people from sales agents to street hawkers...

6 Jun 2018

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EAC tea consumption to increase in the next decade

East African countries could lead the world in growth in consumption of tea during the next decade, even as they occupy top positions in exports of the commodity...

By Maryanne Gicobi 6 Jun 2018

Launch of Intra-African Trade Fair in Cairo, December 2018.
AfCFTA could raise trade by 52%

Preparations for an Intra-African Trade Fair in Cairo in December 2018 are underway...

6 Jun 2018

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Rhodes Food Group grows turnover

The food producer grew regional sales by 19.5%, and by 7.6% excluding acquisitions. International sales increased by 3.6%. However, the business was impacted by the increased costs of canned fruit due to the ongoing drought in the Western Cape...

4 Jun 2018

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SA's macadamia industry shows strong growth for 2018

Representing the South African macadamia industry, Valley Macadamias chairman, Alan Sutton shared feedback on the INC's annual report and discussed key statistics on the growth and global supply of macadamias...

1 Jun 2018

These are the top ice cream importing countries in the world
These are the top ice cream importing countries in the world

In 2016, approx. 1.2 million tonnes of ice cream were imported worldwide, remaining stable against the previous year figure. The total import volume increased at an average annual rate of +3.3% from 2007 to 2016...

31 May 2018

Key insights into the global cinnamon market
Key insights into the global cinnamon market

Driven by the growth of population, the popularity of spices, and the growth of the pharmaceutical and cosmetic industry, the cinnamon sector is expected to continue an upward consumption trend...

31 May 2018

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What is driving the rise in global tea consumption and production?

Tea consumption has grown particularly rapidly in China, India and other emerging economies, driven by a combination of higher incomes and efforts to diversify production to include speciality items such as herbal teas, fruit fusions and flavoured gourmet teas...

30 May 2018

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Wesgro, Western Cape businesses attending PLMA 2018

Wesgro, together with five Western Cape-based companies are participating in the Private Label Manufacturers Association Trade Show in Amsterdam to showcase agri-processed products...

30 May 2018

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Growing macadamia nut industry poised for future success

Some publications go as far as to sight a global vegetarian population by 2050. The estimated $750m - $800m macadamia industry seems perfectly poised to answer this...

30 May 2018

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