The bilateral Trade Development and Co-operation Agreement establishes a free trade area between the EC and South Africa.
Since 1.1.2000 trade relations between the EU and South Africa are governed by the bilateral Trade Development and Co-operation Agreement (TDCA) establishing a free trade area between the EU and South Africa .
Protocol No 1 to the Agreement on Trade, Development and Cooperation between the European Community and its Member States , of the one part and the Republic of South Africa , of the other part (OJ L 311, 4.12.1999, p. 298).
NOTICE: These specific provisions only contain information on cases where the rules of the particular arrangement differ from the common provisions, or where these common provisions need to be complemented. Therefore, always check the common provisions too.
Bilateral cumulation is applicable .
The provisions relating to this type of cumulation have not yet entered into force, pending the necessary arrangements between South Africa and the ACP States . As soon as these arrangements will be concluded, the following types of cumulation may be applicable:
When applying this system the products will only obtain South African or EC origin when the value added there exceeds the value of the materials originating in any one of the ACP States. If this is not the case the products shall be considered as originating in the ACP State which accounts for the highest value of originating materials used.
This system will apply on working and processing of materials carried out within SACU (South African Customs Union, comprising Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, South Africa and Swaziland) when these materials undergo subsequent working or processing in South Africa.
The operations that are considered as insufficient working or processing to confer the status of originating products are listed in Article 6 to the Agreement on Trade, Development and Cooperation between the European Community and its Member States , of the one part, and the Republic of South Africa , of the other part (OJ L 311, 4.12.1999 p. 298)
This allows that non-originating materials which, according to the list rules should not be used in the manufacture of a given product, can nevertheless be used provided their value does not exceed:
Drawback is not prohibited.
The period of validity for four months.