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Boost for SA's economy as China lifts its beef ban

Boost for SA's economy as China lifts its beef ban

07/08/2019 - 09:10
Within one month of the meeting between President Cyril Ramaphosa and President Xi Jinping at the G20, China has announced that it is lifting the ban on South African beef exports to China. This will be a major boost to South Africa’s economy given that China is the largest consuming market for South African beef and related products. read more
SA records its second consecutive trade surplus in June

SA records its second consecutive trade surplus in June

01/08/2019 - 09:50
SA recorded a trade surplus of R4.42bn in June as growth in exports exceeded growth in imports. read more
Predatory imports are killing small chicken firms

Predatory imports are killing small chicken firms

29/07/2019 - 11:01
Local chicken producers and importers are arguing over the potential impact that import tariffs could have on South African consumers, jobs and rural development. read more
Hasbro to start making toys in Vietnam and India as US-China trade war goes on

Hasbro to start making toys in Vietnam and India as US-China trade war goes on

25/07/2019 - 10:35
Hasbro CFO Deborah Thomas says some retailers briefly paused direct import orders from manufacturing locations in the second quarter as they watched the trade situation. read more
Sugar importers bitter about consumer prices

Sugar importers bitter about consumer prices

19/07/2019 - 10:57
Sugar importers want to know why the industry is subsidised to the extent that consumers are being forced to pay about double the world price. read more
Poultry body defends call for 82% chicken tariffs

Poultry body defends call for 82% chicken tariffs

12/07/2019 - 08:50
The South African Poultry Association (Sapa) has defended its decision to call for a hike in chicken imports tariffs to 82 percent, up from the current 37 percent. read more
Slow growth expected to knock SA's exports

Slow growth expected to knock SA's exports

01/07/2019 - 08:15
SA’s trade balance will remain volatile in 2019 as the global growth slowdown takes a toll on the country’s exports. read more
Key insights into the African melon market

Key insights into the African melon market

21/06/2019 - 09:24
IndexBox recently published a new report, the Africa - Melons - Market Analysis, Forecast, Size, Trends, and Insights. Here is a summary of the report's key findings. read more
HEINEKEN SA sows seeds for greater economic participation through barley farming

HEINEKEN SA sows seeds for greater economic participation through barley farming

19/06/2019 - 11:17
By 2021, HEINEKEN South Africa intends to reduce their South African malt imports significantly, as the barley that the local HEINEKEN brewery requires will be locally grown, through the company’s Barley Emerging Farmers Economic Development (BE-FED) project. read more
Plans to reshape the clothing industry

Plans to reshape the clothing industry

18/06/2019 - 10:19
A master plan submitted to the Department of Trade and Industry (dti) aims to improve the country's ailing clothing and textile industry.  read more
SA import growth to be restrained by weak domestic activity

SA import growth to be restrained by weak domestic activity

07/06/2019 - 08:45
South Africa’s current account deficit deteriorated by R32.3 billion to R142.5bn in the first quarter of 2019 compared with a deficit of R110.2bn in the fourth quarter of 2018.  read more
There's no truth to importers' threats about 'expensive' chicken

There's no truth to importers' threats about 'expensive' chicken

05/06/2019 - 08:58
Don't rely on the chicken importers for the facts. In a massive public relations exercise to turn opinion against higher import tariffs, they have relied on assertion, misdirection, misinformation, and bluster. Facts are few and far between. read more
SA recorded surprise trade deficit in April

SA recorded surprise trade deficit in April

03/06/2019 - 11:03
SA recorded a surprise trade deficit of R3.43bn in April, despite expectations of a slight surplus. read more
SA Agribusiness records $660m trade surplus in the first quarter

SA Agribusiness records $660m trade surplus in the first quarter

28/05/2019 - 09:22
Data from the Agricultural Business Chamber (Agbiz), which represents commercial farmers and agribusiness enterprises showed that the sector weathered the tough start to the year and recorded a trade surplus of $660 million (R9.53 billion) in the first quarter, up 11 percent from the same period last year.  read more
Key findings and insights into the global cinnamon market

Key findings and insights into the global cinnamon market

13/05/2019 - 14:51
The global cinnamon market revenue amounted to $703M in 2017 (IndexBox estimates), growing by 13% against the previous year.  read more
SA set to remain a net importer of wheat

SA set to remain a net importer of wheat

09/05/2019 - 10:22
Despite improvements in production, the country will not be able to meet demand and imports could keep driving up food inflation. read more
How imports threaten survival of SA’s small chicken farmers

How imports threaten survival of SA’s small chicken farmers

06/05/2019 - 14:39
The SA Poultry Association has warned that more local chicken farmers could soon go out of business due to cheap Brazilian imports. read more
Key insights into the global pyrethrum and peppermint market

Key insights into the global pyrethrum and peppermint market

06/05/2019 - 14:30
The global pyrethrum and peppermint market revenue amounted to $3.6B in 2017 (IndexBox estimates), growing by 4.9% against the previous year.  read more
SA's trade surplus widens in March

SA's trade surplus widens in March

06/05/2019 - 11:18
SA recorded a trade surplus of R5bn in March, as growth in exports exceeded growth in imports for the second month in a row. read more
Cheap imported butter is undercutting local brands

Cheap imported butter is undercutting local brands

24/04/2019 - 11:31
South Africa has been a net importer of butter for years. In 2018, 85% of those imports came from as far afield as New Zealand, Denmark, Ireland, and the Ukraine. read more
SA dairy exports doing well

SA dairy exports doing well

16/04/2019 - 15:42
Dairy imports for February were 4 110 tons at a cost of R172 million. South Africa imported mainly from France (28%) New Zealand (28%), Germany (13%), Poland (8%) and Ireland (4%). Dairy imports for this year are low compared to last year, largely due to limited UHT imports. The main dairy products imported in February were whey (34%), milk powder (22%) and cheese (18%). UHT as a percentage of total imports was less than 1%.  read more
Global tomato juice market - Key findings and insights

Global tomato juice market - Key findings and insights

18/02/2019 - 13:45
In 2017, the global tomato juice market amounted to 5.7M tonnes, remaining relatively stable as in the previous year. After a moderate decline in the volume of consumption from 2007 to 2009, consumption then regained an upward trend, increasing strongly through to 2013 and then levelling off over the next four years. Overall, the market volume increased at an average annual rate of +1.3% over the period from 2007 to 2017. read more
Global sesame oil market - Key findings and insights

Global sesame oil market - Key findings and insights

29/01/2019 - 14:36
The global sesame oil market revenue amounted to $6.9B in 2017 (IndexBox estimate), flattening at the previous year. This figure reflects the total revenues of producers and importers (excluding logistics costs, retail marketing costs, and retailers' margins, which will be included in the final consumer price). read more
SA poultry industry wants hefty increase in tariffs to protect local industry

SA poultry industry wants hefty increase in tariffs to protect local industry

17/01/2019 - 13:20
The South African poultry industry has defended its application for a hike in import tariffs of frozen chicken portions to 82%, saying the cheap chicken imports mainly from Brazil hurt the competitiveness of local producers. read more
Global pineapple juice market - Key findings and insights

Global pineapple juice market - Key findings and insights

15/01/2019 - 09:04
The global pineapple juice market revenue amounted to $829M in 2017, coming down by -4.1% against the previous year. A dip in raw material prices for the pineapple concentrate and uncertainty within producers in Thailand resulted in a price drop and a subsequent fall in the market value.  read more
SA records trade surplus in November

SA records trade surplus in November

07/01/2019 - 08:43
SA recorded a trade surplus of R3.49bn in November, statistics released by Sars reveal. However, for the 11 months to end-November, there was a trade deficit amounting to R4.16bn, a deterioration on the surplus for the comparable period in 2017, of R62.3bn.  read more
Rising imports push trade balance deficit to biggest in 10 months

Rising imports push trade balance deficit to biggest in 10 months

04/12/2018 - 08:07
As SA records its biggest trade deficit in 10 months, economists warn that trade tensions could keep the trade account in the negative for the next few months. read more
Illegal imports are damaging the South African economy

Illegal imports are damaging the South African economy

28/11/2018 - 08:08
While we have all seen the extent of public sector fraud and corruption, private sector corruption is just as damaging to the state and our economy.  read more
Growing import demand contributes to expanding logistics and warehousing sector

Growing import demand contributes to expanding logistics and warehousing sector

16/11/2018 - 11:05
The inflow of imports, most consumer goods, is contributing to increasing demand for storage, logistics and warehousing services in South Africa, and a clear correlation is visible in the trend of wholesale and retail trade sales in comparison to imports. read more
Key insights into the global olive oil market

Key insights into the global olive oil market

14/11/2018 - 12:27
According to the report "World - Olive Oil (Virgin) - Market Analysis, Forecast, Size, Trends and Insights", recently published by IndexBox, in 2017, global virgin olive oil imports totalled 1.4M tonnes, a -7.0% decrease against the previous year.  read more
SA recorded a surprise trade deficit in September

SA recorded a surprise trade deficit in September

06/11/2018 - 10:22
SA recorded a shock trade deficit of R2.95bn in September — a far cry from analysts expectations of a surplus. read more
Global orange consumption on the rise

Global orange consumption on the rise

31/10/2018 - 10:31
According to the report “World - Oranges - Market Analysis, Forecast, Size, Trends and Insights”, recently published by IndexBox, the global orange consumption reached 75M tonnes in 2017, going up by 2% against the previous year.  read more
Insights into the global avocado market

Insights into the global avocado market

19/10/2018 - 08:02
According to the report “World - Avocado - Market Analysis, Forecast, Size, Trends and Insights”, recently published by IndexBox, the global avocado consumption amounted to 6.3M tonnes, surging by 8% against the previous year.  read more
Key insights into the global walnut market

Key insights into the global walnut market

05/10/2018 - 14:17
According to the report "World - Walnuts - Market Analysis, Forecast, Size, Trends and Insights", recently published by IndexBox, in 2017, the volume of the global shelled walnut consumption stood at approx. 2.2M tonnes.  read more
Surprise trade surplus lifts SA’s outlook

Surprise trade surplus lifts SA’s outlook

01/10/2018 - 08:37
A surprise trade surplus in August bodes well for SA’s current account. read more
Key insights into the African pork market

Key insights into the African pork market

26/09/2018 - 08:58
According to the report "Africa: Pork (Meat Of Swine) - Market Report. Analysis And Forecast To 2025", recently published by IndexBox, in 2017 the pork market in Africa expanded to 1.6M tonnes, maintaining a steady upward trend over the last ten year period.  read more
Egypt lifts SA fresh goods ban as listeriosis threat subsides

Egypt lifts SA fresh goods ban as listeriosis threat subsides

20/09/2018 - 14:32
The department of agriculture, forestry and fisheries says Egypt's government has lifted its temporary suspension of fresh fruits and vegetable imports from South Africa, which stood as a precaution to prevent the spread of listeriosis there. read more
Insights into the global oats market

Insights into the global oats market

18/09/2018 - 15:06
According to the report "World: Oats - Market Report. Analysis And Forecast To 2025", recently published by IndexBox, the production of oats reached 23M tonnes in 2017, fluctuating mildly over the period under review.  read more
RCL’s sugar business takes strain

RCL’s sugar business takes strain

06/09/2018 - 21:28
The government should do more to shield food and sugar producers from the influx of cheap imports, RCL Foods CFO Rob Field said. read more
RCL’s sugar business takes strain

RCL’s sugar business takes strain

29/08/2018 - 13:21
"The government should do more to shield food and sugar producers from the influx of cheap imports," says RCL Foods CFO Rob Field. read more
Trade surplus in June surprises at more than double the forecasts

Trade surplus in June surprises at more than double the forecasts

03/08/2018 - 09:19
SA recorded a substantial surplus of R12bn in June, beating market expectations. This follows May’s surplus of R3.5bn, which was revised upwards by R0.33bn. read more
Insights into the global nutmeg, mace and cardamom market

Insights into the global nutmeg, mace and cardamom market

26/07/2018 - 11:24
According to the report "World: Nutmeg, Mace And Cardamoms - Market Report. Analysis And Forecast To 2025", recently published by IndexBox, in 2016 the nutmeg, mace and cardamom market peaked at 113K tonnes.  read more
South African leads international prune association

South African leads international prune association

24/07/2018 - 14:42
At the recent annual congress of the International Prune Association (IPA) Chris Krone, chairperson of Agri Western Cape’s Commodity Chamber was elected as president for the association for the third time. Established in Agen, France, in January 1990, the IPA is the international prune industry’s trade entity that represents the interests of prune growers and packers across the globe. read more
China to invest nearly $15bn in SA

China to invest nearly $15bn in SA

24/07/2018 - 13:53
China will invest $14.7bn in SA, President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Tuesday, after talks between the two countries. read more
US duties to knock SA’s Agoa exports

US duties to knock SA’s Agoa exports

17/07/2018 - 08:58
SA has raised its concern with the US government about possible duties on vehicle and vehicle component imports, pointing out that their imposition on South African exports would significantly erode the benefit the country is meant to enjoy under the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (Agoa). read more
Global almond consumption on the rise

Global almond consumption on the rise

04/07/2018 - 13:09
According to the report "World: Almonds - Market Report. Analysis And Forecast To 2025", recently published by IndexBox, from 2007 to 2016, the value of the global almond market showed a stable dynamic trend.  read more
Key insights into the global apple market

Key insights into the global apple market

27/06/2018 - 10:23
According to the report "World: Apple - Market Report. Analysis And Forecast To 2025", recently published by IndexBox, the apple market grew to 89.3M tonnes in 2016, which was by 2.5M tonnes (or 3%) more than the year before. read more
SA economy is in for a rough ride

SA economy is in for a rough ride

13/06/2018 - 08:46
The rand exchange rate crashed last week and local bond yields grew more expensive as news of an economic contraction triggered a negative investor sentiment and views on the local economy.  read more
Global strawberry consumption continues to increase

Global strawberry consumption continues to increase

11/06/2018 - 17:50
In 2016, the global strawberry market amounted to 9.2 million tons, which was 5% higher than the previous year level.  read more
Trade wars: winners and losers -  Where does South Africa fit in?

Trade wars: winners and losers - Where does South Africa fit in?

30/05/2018 - 11:19
Amid an increasingly unstable geopolitical landscape, the looming possibility of a global trade war carries the risk of severe negative macroeconomic consequences, in that both the US and Chinese economies could begin to decelerate, triggering a worldwide recession. On the flip side of this, however, the rise in trade tensions brings about a sense of investment opportunity with regard to the global food and agricultural value chain. read more
Vanilla production drops as demand grows

Vanilla production drops as demand grows

15/05/2018 - 11:26
In 2016, the vanilla market dropped to 7 100 tons, caused by the reduction of global vanilla production due to harvest cuts in Madagascar and Indonesia. At the same time, demand for vanilla continues to grow against the backdrop of growing demand from the food, flavours and cosmetic industries.  read more
China’s appetite for macadamias fuel SA industry

China’s appetite for macadamias fuel SA industry

11/04/2018 - 14:52
The demand for macadamia nuts in China is on the rise and has local farmers feeling optimistic. And for good reason. China has increased its nut consumption in recent years and is currently South Africa’s fastest growing importer, importing up to 40% of the total haul according to China’s National Industry Association (CSNC). read more
Wheat import tariff nearly halves in March

Wheat import tariff nearly halves in March

09/04/2018 - 14:30
SA’s wheat import tariff has declined a hefty 45% to R394.85 per tonne, the Agricultural Business Chamber (Agbiz) said on Monday. read more
Imports of food products from Brazil shut down amid safety check scandal

Imports of food products from Brazil shut down amid safety check scandal

23/03/2018 - 15:05
The Department of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries has suspended imports of food products from various establishments in Brazil suspected of fraudulently evading food safety checks. read more
SA records far bigger trade surplus than expected in November

SA records far bigger trade surplus than expected in November

03/01/2018 - 11:40
SA recorded a trade surplus of R13.02bn in November, much higher than the consensus of R1.3bn, and a Trading Economics forecast of R4.65bn. read more
SARS cracks down on counterfeit clothing

SARS cracks down on counterfeit clothing

19/12/2017 - 16:06
More than R97-million worth of fake clothing was seized by the South African Revenue Service (SARS) in its crackdown against illegal clothing and textile imports this year. read more
SA records surprise R4.56bn trade surplus in October

SA records surprise R4.56bn trade surplus in October

01/12/2017 - 09:52
Contrary to expectations, SA recorded another monthly trade account surplus in October. read more
Cape Classics celebrates 25 years

Cape Classics celebrates 25 years

29/11/2017 - 11:54
Cape Classics is celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the company’s founding in 1992 as a fledgling import business to introduce South African wines to the American wine market.  read more
Demand for Italian wine grows by 46% in Russia

Demand for Italian wine grows by 46% in Russia

27/11/2017 - 14:22
Russia, one of the top ten leading wine importers in the world, is the country where demand for Italian wine has grown the most, increasing by 343% over the past decade. read more
SA’s trade balance comes in better than expected

SA’s trade balance comes in better than expected

29/09/2017 - 15:12
SA recorded a trade surplus of R5.94bn for August, almost three times one of the consensus expectations. read more
DRC temporarily bans import of key consumer goods

DRC temporarily bans import of key consumer goods

29/08/2017 - 08:49
Authorities have banned imports of several popular consumer products in the west of the Democratic Republic of Congo for six months to fight smuggling, Trade Minister Jean-Lucien Busa said on Monday.  read more
June trade surplus exceeds projections but May figure revised down by over R2bn

June trade surplus exceeds projections but May figure revised down by over R2bn

01/08/2017 - 09:25
SA recorded a better-than-expected trade surplus of R10.67bn in June, from a revised R7.22bn (R9.5bn) surplus in May. read more
Trade surplus shrinks, with both imports and exports falling

Trade surplus shrinks, with both imports and exports falling

31/05/2017 - 16:32
SA’s trade balance came in worse than expected on Wednesday when the South African Revenue Service (SARS) announced a surplus of R5.08bn for April. read more
Retailers opt for local poultry

Retailers opt for local poultry

10/05/2017 - 09:02
Large chains tell hearing of limited chicken imports. read more
Imported meat strictly tested, retailers say amid tainted-products scare

Imported meat strictly tested, retailers say amid tainted-products scare

27/03/2017 - 11:58
Health fears grow as the world’s largest exporters are among Brazilian companies hit by tainted products scandal read more
Sovereign Foods swings into first-half loss

Sovereign Foods swings into first-half loss

24/11/2016 - 12:24
Sovereign Foods buckled under the pressure from rising feed costs and increased poultry imports as it swung into a loss in the six months to end-August. read more
 Salt water levels in chicken exploits consumers - Amie

Salt water levels in chicken exploits consumers - Amie

22/09/2016 - 09:42
Cape Town - High brining levels as practised in South Africa are nothing more than commercial exploitation of consumers, according to the Association of Meat Importers and Exporters of SA (Amie). read more
South African whisky imports drop 9% in the first half of 2016

South African whisky imports drop 9% in the first half of 2016

21/09/2016 - 10:59
SOUTH African Scotch whisky imports decreased 9% during the first half of 2016 to 18.7-million bottles but SA moved one spot higher to being the seventh-largest export market for the product, according to the Scotch Whisky Association. read more
High import duty fuelling smuggling

High import duty fuelling smuggling

27/06/2014 - 15:00
Harare - Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (Zimra) is proposing to lower import duty on finished clothes to reduce smuggling and increase tax collection. read more
Imports still a problem for Sovereign

Imports still a problem for Sovereign

21/05/2014 - 11:14
Poultry imports, as well as input and administered costs, weighed on Sovereign Food Investments full-year results, the company said last week Friday. read more
Egypt has bought two million tonnes of local wheat

Egypt has bought two million tonnes of local wheat

15/05/2014 - 10:28
Cairo- the world’s biggest wheat importer, has bought around two million tonnes of local wheat since the start of the procurement season last month, the Supplies Ministry said yesterday. read more
Botswana Accepts South Africa’s Bottled Water Standard

Botswana Accepts South Africa’s Bottled Water Standard

06/02/2014 - 13:14
Botswana, an important trading partner for local companies, has through the Botswana Bureau of Standards (BOBS) agreed to partner with the South African National Bottled Water Association (SANBWA) to minimise duplication pertaining to the importation of local bottled water brands into that country. read more
Imports standards Act on cards, Zimbabwe

Imports standards Act on cards, Zimbabwe

14/01/2014 - 09:47
HARARE - Government plans to establish a regulatory body and laws to control the standards of imports, Industry minister Mike Bimha says.  read more
Japanese whisky makers drum up support for their drams

Japanese whisky makers drum up support for their drams

06/01/2014 - 09:06
Tokyo - Japan's whisky distilleries are expanding production as their malts become serious contenders against Scottish and Irish brands after years of being overshadowed at home and practically unheard of overseas. read more
SA yellow maize futures rise to 15-month high

SA yellow maize futures rise to 15-month high

04/12/2013 - 08:15
Johannesburg - South African yellow-corn futures rose to the highest level in more than 15 months in Johannesburg trading. read more
Shoprite boss puts blame on manufacturing

Shoprite boss puts blame on manufacturing

16/10/2013 - 11:06
Shoprite chief executive Whitey Basson has moved beyond blaming the usual suspects of unions and labour legislation for South Africa’s economic woes and has lashed out at the “declining” manufacturing sector for its lack of innovation and competitiveness. read more
China VAT hike to hit SA consumers

China VAT hike to hit SA consumers

30/09/2013 - 15:54
Johannesburg - China's decision to place a 6% VAT charge on freight and related costs is going to have an impact on the importing price from China, warned Asgar Mahomed, managing director of ICT distributor, Esquire Technologies. read more
South Africa moves to bar dubious imports

South Africa moves to bar dubious imports

24/07/2013 - 09:16
Pretoria - Efforts are under way to stop the import of unsafe and unauthorised products into South Africa, the National Regulator for Compulsory Specifications (NRCS) said on Tuesday. read more
Ghana: Government to discourage flour imports

Ghana: Government to discourage flour imports

16/07/2013 - 09:30
The Minister of Trade and Industry, Mr. Haruna Idrissu, has said government may, in the future, consider taking measures to discourage the importation of flour into the country in order to reinforce local production. read more
China exports dip in June

China exports dip in June

12/07/2013 - 08:37
Beijing - China's exports fell 3.1% year-on-year (y/y) in June with imports also declining, the government said on Wednesday, in the latest signs of slowing growth in the world's second-largest economy.  read more
Germany narrowly scrapes by recession

Germany narrowly scrapes by recession

16/05/2013 - 10:04
Frankfurt -The German economy, Europe's biggest, got off to an unexpectedly weak start to the year, as it battled freezing winter weather, sagging exports and weak investment, official data showed on Wednesday.  read more
Namibia: Give poultry industry protection

Namibia: Give poultry industry protection

13/05/2013 - 11:18
A Namibia Trade Forum official has defended proposed government plans to grant interim protection to the local broiler industry against cheap imports.  read more
Astral Foods diluted earnings plunge

Astral Foods diluted earnings plunge

13/05/2013 - 10:20
Johannesburg - Poultry producer Astral Foods [JSE:ARL] on Monday reported a 82% plunge in diluted headline earnings per share to 94 cents in the six months ended March 2013 as operating profit slumped by 80% despite a 5% rise in revenue to R4.234bn. No interim divided was declared. read more
Chicken prices set to soar

Chicken prices set to soar

29/04/2013 - 07:33
Cape Town - The International Trade Commission’s (Itac's) latest move to whack poultry importers with an 82% price increase on imported chicken is going to get right into the cooking pots of the poor, an expert said on Friday.  read more
SA approves new trade labels for Israel

SA approves new trade labels for Israel

12/04/2013 - 09:10
Johannesburg - South Africa has imposed new rules requiring goods imported from occupied Palestinian territories display special labels, a government official said on Thursday.  read more
Red meat industry reaction to research findings on meat products

Red meat industry reaction to research findings on meat products

28/02/2013 - 14:52
The Red Meat Industry Forum (RMIF), which represents the entire red meat industry chain, from primary producer through the abattoir to the meat trader and eventually the consumer, has noted with extreme concern the condemning statements made on the research findings by Prof Louw Hoffman and his colleagues on the inclusion of various unlabeled ingredients used in meat products sampled from retail butcher stores and butcheries. read more
Horsemeat scandal: SA safe

Horsemeat scandal: SA safe

14/02/2013 - 08:53
Cape Town - South African meat consumers have nothing to fear from a horsemeat scandal currently rocking Europe.  read more
Zambia: Tujilijili liquor ban: High Court reserves judgment

Zambia: Tujilijili liquor ban: High Court reserves judgment

18/01/2013 - 09:52
The Lusaka High Court has reserved judgment in a matter in which 15 liquor companies have challenged the Government’s decision to ban them from manufacturing and supplying alcoholic drinks, popularly known as ‘Tujilijili’. read more
SA trade gap widens as imports soar

SA trade gap widens as imports soar

03/12/2012 - 08:01
Johannesburg - South Africa's trade deficit widened more than expected to R21.2bn in October from R13.8bn in September as imports of machinery, vehicles and aircraft rose, the South African Revenue Service said on Friday.  read more
Manufacturing sector in a crisis

Manufacturing sector in a crisis

29/11/2012 - 08:36
Johannesburg - The South African manufacturing sector is in a crisis which requires changes in the country's policies, the Manufacturing Circle said on Wednesday. read more
Sarb leading indicator recovers

Sarb leading indicator recovers

24/10/2012 - 07:26
Johannesburg - SA's composite leading business economic indicator rose for the first time after eight declines on a year on year basis by 0.1 % year on year (y/y) in August‚ after a revised 1.8% (2.3%) y/y decline in July‚ data released on Tuesday by the South African Reserve Bank (Sarb) showed. read more
Algeria defers import duties on animal feed

Algeria defers import duties on animal feed

03/09/2012 - 07:44
Algiers - Algeria has decided to suspend import duties on animal feed, such as maize and soya, for 11 months from September 1 to protect its domestic market from high world market prices, a statement on the agriculture ministry’s website said. read more
Mexico in WTO dispute against Argentina

Mexico in WTO dispute against Argentina

28/08/2012 - 07:47
Geneva - Mexico has launched its first dispute against Argentina at the World Trade Organization (WTO), following similar complaints against Argentina by the European Union, United States and Japan, the WTO said on Monday. read more
Wool season opens on Wednesday

Wool season opens on Wednesday

14/08/2012 - 07:50
Johannesburg – The 2012-13 wool season will open this Wednesday‚ when about 13‚000 bales will be on offer at auction in Port Elizabeth.  read more
WTO: Brazil challenges SA poultry moves

WTO: Brazil challenges SA poultry moves

25/06/2012 - 08:13
Geneva - Brazil has taken the first legal step at the World Trade Organisation to challenge South Africa's use of anti-dumping measures on shipments of Brazilian poultry meat, the global trade body said in a statement on Friday. read more
Preview: May trade balance seen at -R5,7bn

Preview: May trade balance seen at -R5,7bn

25/06/2012 - 08:02
South Africa’s foreign trade balance with its non-Southern African Customs Union trading partners is expected to have recorded a R5,7bn deficit in May from a staggering R9,9bn deficit in April, according to an I-Net Bridge survey of leading economists. read more
Weaker demand leads to decline in exports

Weaker demand leads to decline in exports

22/06/2012 - 08:16
The volume of merchandise exports contracted by 0,4% in the first quarter of 2012, largely due to relatively weaker global demand and domestic supply constraints, the SA Reserve Bank’s Quarterly Bulletin (QB) showed on Thursday. read more
‘Shocking’ fall in factory output raises fears over exports

‘Shocking’ fall in factory output raises fears over exports

11/05/2012 - 08:20
Manufacturing output contracted unexpectedly in March, suggesting that the recession in Europe is already taking a toll on exports and signalling growth in the economy may be slowing more sharply than expected.  read more
SA manufacturing sector still up against it

SA manufacturing sector still up against it

02/05/2012 - 08:01
The South African manufacturing industry faces significant headwinds, probably more severe than a number of other manufacturing countries, Stewart Jennings, chairman of the Manufacturing Circle says. read more
Transnet gets Durban port go-ahead - report

Transnet gets Durban port go-ahead - report

17/04/2012 - 08:14
Durban - Durban International Airport is set to be dug out and converted into the city's second sea port following approval from the Competition Tribunal, the Mercury newspaper reported on Monday read more