In Southern Africa, trade costs as high as double the global average significantly constrain trade-based growth, limit product diversification and increase the price of goods, including food. To reduce the time and costs of importing and exporting, the Trade  and Investment Hub is promoting several modern trade facilitation tools and assisting in their adoption. Read More

Standards and technical regulations affect everyone’s life in one way or another. For example, when we travel to other parts of the world, we expect such things as our electrical gadgets to plug readily into existing infrastructure. Many international travelers will attest to the complications they endure due to technical incompatibility issues.

Group photo of Malawi Referencing standards workshopUSAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub is providing technical assistance support to Lesotho, Malawi, and Zambia to establish an effective World Trade Organization (WTO) Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) Enquiry Point and Notification Authority.

The first phase of technical assistance involved capacity building workshops in December 2013.

National Single Window (NSW) Advisor Stuart Millen met with the Hon. Joseph Mwanamvekha, Minister for Industry and Trade, Malawi, to provide him with an in-depth briefing regarding the NSW and progress made to date. 

sadcstan logoAs part of the Partnership for Trade Facilitation (PTF) Standards Alliance Program for the Southern African Development Community region (SADC), the Trade Hub is assisting the SADC Cooperation in Standardization (SADCSTAN) with revamping their website ( 

ANSI logoThe Trade Hub is working closely with the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) to implement activities for the Southern African Development Community Cooperation in Standardization (SADCSTAN) and the Zambia Bureau of Standards. 

Logo of the WCOThe Trade Hub accompanied four representatives of the Customs Administrations of Malawi, Botswana, Namibia and SADC to Brussels, Belgium to attend the Second WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) Working Group. 

Trade Hub Presented on National Single Window at Workshop in Namibia.The Trade Hub gave a presentation on the National Single Window at the 6th Annual Logistics and Transport Workshop in Windhoek, Namibia on September 25, 2014 hosted by the Namibian-German Centre for Logistics and the Polytechnic of Namibia. This is the Trade Hub's second year of participating in the workshop, following positive feedback on participation in 2013.

The 2014 workshop brought together 80 attendees from the private sector, academia and international organizations under the theme “Managing Supply Chain Risks: A Southern African Perspective.”


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