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The objectives of the SADC trade agreement are:

  • To further liberalise intra-regional trade in goods and services on the basis of fair, mutually equitable and beneficial trade arrangements, complemented by Protocols in other areas
  • To ensure efficient production within SADC reflecting the current and dynamic comparative advantages of its Members
  • To contribute towards the improvement of the climate for domestic, cross-border and foreign investment
  • To enhance the economic development, diversification and industrialisation of the Region
  • To establish a Free Trade Area in the SADC Region.

More specifically, the agreement aims to:

  • Eliminate barriers to intra-SADC trade
  • Eliminate import duties based on a phased approach
  • Eliminate all export duties
  • Eliminate non-tariff barriers
  • Apply no new quantitative import restrictions
  • Eliminate quantitative export restrictions