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Application Process for EU Export Permits Outlined

October 10, 2019

Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development

10 October 2019

Procedures for the application, administration and allocation of export quotas under the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) between the European Union (EU) and the Southern African Development Community (SADC) for 2020 have been drawn up.

The agriculture, land reform and rural development department published the procedures in Government Gazette 42758.

The EPA came into effect on 1 October 2016.

According to the department, the SADC-EU EPA package contains agricultural products to be exported by SA into the EU market under the Tariff Rate Quota (TRQ) regime.

The SADC-EU EPA TRQ package offers SA enhanced market access for certain agricultural products.

Detail is provided on countries for export, application for EU export permits, address for applications, conditions for the issuing of export permits, payment procedure for an export permit, compliance to BEE criteria in terms of amended Agri-BEE Sector Code and general.

Potential exporters for any of the products specified in Table 1 (excluding products that are indicated as first come first serve in the table) must apply on the prescribed application form.

Applications for export permits valid for one year must be submitted within four weeks of the date of publication of the notice.

The permits will be valid from 1 January 2020 until 31 December 2020.

For products indicated as first come first serve in Table 1, potential exporters must apply to SARS (Customs and Excise) on a first-come first-served basis until the quota allocated is fully accounted for.

Permits for the listed products will be allocated on the basis of the Preferential Market Access Permit Allocation System including BBBEE status, market share and number of applicants.

Annual permits will cost R1095.

Products include milk and cream, butter, fruits and nuts, cane or beet sugar, fruit juices and wine.