On April 23, the Trade Hub’s Trade Facilitation Director attended a roundtable discussion on regional trade at the residence of the Deputy Chief of Mission for the US Embassy in Pretoria. Representatives of USAID and the State Department joined the US Customs and Border Protection Attaché and representatives of the South African Revenue Service (SARS) in a dialogue to discuss the benefits of implementing trade facilitation measures in line with the WTO Agreement on Trade Facilitation.

The purpose of the discussion was also to determine the level of interest from SARS in obtaining technical assistance from the Trade Hub and the CBP office or working collaboratively on trade facilitation processes. The discussion covered reducing non-tariff barriers to trade, reducing transit times for regional trade shipments, and the economic benefits available to South Africa for making investments in trade facilitation.

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