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18 October 2021

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THE 2ND MEETING OF THE SACU-MERCOSUR PREFERENTIAL TRADE AGREEMENT JOINT ADMINISTRATION COMMITTEE

On 5th October 2021, the Senior Trade Officials of the Southern Africa Customs Union (SACU) and the Southern Common Market (MERCOSUR) held their 2nd Meeting of the Joint Administrative Committee (JAC) under the framework of the SACU-MERCOSUR Preferential Trade Agreement (PTA). The Meeting was held virtually and was Co-Chaired by Ms. Niki Kruger, Chief Director of Trade Negotiations from the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition of South Africa on behalf of SACU, and Counsellor Mrs. Clarissa Nina, Chief Negotiator of the Brazilian Presidency Pro Tempore of MERCOSUR. The JAC is responsible for overseeing the implementation of the PTA.

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CHANGE OF THE SACU CHAIRMANSHIP

The Republic of Botswana will assume the Chairmanship of the SACU Summit, Council of Ministers and Commission, effective from the 15th July 2021 to the 14th July 2022. Botswana takes over from the Republic of South Africa, who held the SACU Chair from the 14th July 2020 to 14th July 2021. The SACU Chairmanship rotates amongst the Member States for a period of twelve (12) months, in alphabetical order.

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SACU MIGRATION FROM HS 2017 TO HS 2022
THE BENEFITS, PROGRESS AND OUTLOOK TO JANUARY 2022

THE EU-WCO PROGRAMME IN SACU AND ANTICIPATED BENEFITS

The first Mission of the EU-WCO Programme for Harmonised System (HS) in Africa, within SACU was a national Diagnostic Mission on the implementation of the HS and advance rulings for the Lesotho Revenue Authority (LRA) which was held on 04-08 November 2019 in Maseru, Lesotho. The Workshop did not only discuss matters of national interest of Lesotho, but also included a discussion on how SACU as a Customs Union could work together in the management of HS related matters, considering that it has a CET. A key outcome and recommendation from the LRA Mission was to organise a regional workshop to share views on a regionally coordinated process of migrating to HS 2022, as well as their capacities to implement advance rulings.

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