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Regional Integration and the SADC-EU EPA


The SADC-EU EPA is a building block for regional integration.

The agreement is designed to be compatible with the operation of SACU, especially in harmonising the import trade regime. It has a single external tariff schedule and the EPA calls for a centralised quota arrangement for imports from the EU.

Regional integration is further enhanced by common provisions on trade management (such as safeguards), common decision-making bodies, and more flexible rules on origin.