From the Cape to Cairo – it’s Ramaphosa’s turn

2020-03-20 16:05

The July kick-off to the Africa-wide free trade deal hinges on getting rules of origin exactly right.

South Africa's trade surplus widens as imports fall

2019-12-28 11:46

South Africa's trade surplus widened in November as the value of imports of equipment components and chemical products decreased.

China’s imports, exports both worse than expected in September

2019-10-14 16:56

China’s exports and imports shrank more than expected in September, as existing US tariffs and the ongoing slowdown in global trade combined to undercut demand.

Wandile Sihlobo: Why government intervention isn't a cure-all for maize production

2019-09-07 14:00

Late in August, we learned that the Zambian government had placed a price cap on maize, and justified its actions by noting its concerns over rising maize prices, says Wandile Sihlobo.

China, Mexico, now France: Trump just attacked 'not fair' French wine tariffs again

2019-06-11 14:41

"France charges us a lot for the wine. And yet we charge them very little for French wine. You know what? It's not fair. We'll do something about it."

Butternomics, aka why milk-rich SA has a butter shortage

2019-04-22 10:21

Making milk just for butter is not viable, and between Banting and a drought, that means the butter market in South Africa is out of kilter.

Wandile Sihlobo: How the cannabis market might give SA a boost

2019-04-10 18:40

In China - a grower of nearly half the world’s legal hemp - the sales of textile fibre made from the plant’s stalk - totalled US$1.2bn in 2017, says Wandile Sihlobo.

Wandile Sihlobo: Future outlook woolly for key SA commodity

2019-02-26 06:30

Wool is one of SA's most important commodities, and a major trade partner has suspended imports, says Wandile Sihlobo.

Wandile Sihlobo: A record year for SA's agricultural exports

2019-02-12 06:25

In 2018, SA’s agricultural exports grew by 7% y/y to $10.6bn, a record since 2001, plus a a 21% y/y increase in SA's agricultural trade balance to a record $3.9bn, says Wandile Sihlobo.

Love shopping from online international retailers like Asos and Amazon? Be careful, SARS wants to register you as an importer

2018-09-20 11:47

As a consumer you will now only be limited to three purchases before requiring an import code in order to buy any more goods internationally.


Govt approves import tariff hike on chicken portions

2020-03-13 15:04

On Friday new tariffs on imported chicken portions were published in the Government Gazette.

Astral Foods' earnings down 55%, as it contends with poultry imports and higher feed costs

2019-11-18 08:53

Astral Foods' earnings plummeted by 55% during the 2019 financial year as its poultry division took a knock.

SAB could be forced to start brewing iconic Irish beer Guinness in South Africa – if South Africans take a real liking to it

2019-09-09 07:05

Competition authorities are allowing SAB to take over distribution of Guinness in South Africa, with a proviso that if sales hit a secret limit, it must be made locally. But that would require rather a lot of Guinness to be drunk in SA.

Hong Kong's extradition bill could plunge it into the US-China trade war

2019-06-13 13:54

If the law is passed, the US could remove Hong Kong's special commercial status, potentially exposing it to tariffs on Chinese goods.

Stocks are rallying on hopes of a US-China trade deal after Trump received a 'beautiful letter' from China's president

2019-05-10 12:57

Asian and European stocks rebounded on Friday after Trump received a "beautiful letter" from China's president and called for cooperation on a trade deal.

Don't panic, bacon lovers - experts on swine fever outbreak

2019-04-11 21:19

The farm where an outbreak of African Swine Fever has been reported in North West Province, near Zeerust, has been quarantined, says the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.

Wandile Sihlobo: Saudi visit could signal important developments for SA agriculture

2019-03-05 06:01

A delegation from Saudi Arabia was in SA this week, and seemingly had an interesting engagement with Minister of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries Senzeni Zokwana. says Wandile Sihlobo.

Wandile Sihlobo: Now the drought is coming for your peanut butter

2019-02-19 06:01

We're producing, well, peanuts, says Wandile Sihlobo.

Trade surplus a far cry from last year despite August spike

2018-09-28 15:08

SA's trade surplus for 2018 so far is still significantly lower than last year’s figures, despite a marked improvement for the month of August.

Donald Trump seems to have a back-up plan if his trade wars fail

2018-08-27 11:35

It is possible that US President Donald Trump would use a weak dollar rather than tariffs to push American competitiveness – which is easier than a trade war.

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