The online NTB monitoring mechanism is available on www.tradebarriers.org. Operators can report and directly monitor the removal of barriers in the COMESA, ABC and SADC regions. This new system increases transparency and facilitates the tracking of notified and identified NBS. This web-based NTB system is accessible to all economic operators, civil servants, scientific researchers and other interested parties. Mauritian operators operating in the region are urged to use the online system to report NTBs that occur. The website lists the different types of NTBs that can be reported on the system. Once the complaint is registered in the database, it is recorded with a reference number. This reference number can be used to control who is responsible for managing the notified NTB and any specific results. The online system also publishes information on procedural, legislative or regulatory changes announced by Member States in the three RECs, so that all traders can remain informed at all times of the business requirements.
The CDAA aims to facilitate trade by simplifying, harmonizing, standardizing and modernizing regional customs procedures. The CDAA Free Trade Area was reached in August 2008, when a phased tariff reduction programme, launched in 2001, achieved minimum conditions for the free trade area – 85% of intra-regional trade between partner countries did not achieve tariffs. As part of its mission to promote trade between CDAA member states and external markets, the CDAA signed a trade protocol in 1996. In defining the CDAA`s trade policy, the protocol recognizes the importance of a liberalized trading environment for the economic development, diversification and industrialization of the region. In order to promote such liberalisation, the protocol therefore calls for Member States to harmonize their national trade policies in order to promote free trade as a means of closer cooperation between the financial, investment and other sectors. In addition to these policies, Member States should link free trade with the coordination of industrial policies and identify other areas of cooperation on liberalisation. However, the protocol notes that this liberalization must be done on the basis of fair, fair and mutually beneficial trade agreements, which complement other CDIC protocols. Given that the process of removing tariffs on sensitive products is ongoing until 2012, there is still potential for expansion of intra-SADC trade, as most of the sensitive list products, such as textiles and clothing, leather and leather products, are highly marketable products. The Southern African Development Community (CDAA) Trade Protocol (1996), as amended in 2010, is one of the main legal instruments that guide the CDAA`s trade work.
This is an agreement between CDAA member states to reduce tariffs and other barriers to trade in imported goods between CDAA member states. The protocol provided for the creation of a free trade area in the region. The Regional Strategic Development Plan aimed to implement the CDAA Free Trade Area by 2008 and a customs union by 2010. Improved merchandise trade opportunities: The EPA guarantees access to the EU market without tariffs or quotas for Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia and Eswatini. South Africa enjoys new market access under the EU-South Africa Trade, Development and Cooperation Agreement (TDCA), which currently governs trade relations with the EU until October 2016 (when the EPA came into force on an interim basis, which lifted the trade component of the TDCA).