The two groups agreed on tasks to publicize the benefits of this agreement and asked the private sector to exploit it in each country. It was agreed that the next meeting would take place in 2018. Montevideo, Uruguay. Report on the ninth meeting of the negotiating committee established by the Framework Agreement for the Establishment of a MERCOSUR-SACU Free Trade Agreement In 2010, the SACU secretariat also commissioned a study on a possible trade agreement between SACU and the East African Community (EAC). In 2011, SACU approved a number of principles for the management of free trade agreements and gave priority to the continuation of agreements with Mercosur and India. Both blocs are striving to consolidate trade through a preferential tariff system at Specifically, SACU grants MERCOSUR a preference for 1064 tariff headings (from the 2007 Harmonized System), which represent about 10% of the customs universe. On almost half of these headings, customs duties will be completely abolished (470). The rest is distributed as follows: 167 positions have a preference of 50%, 144 positions receive a 25% preference and 283 positions receive a 10% preference. As a result of the agreement, the average price of the positions included in SACU`s offer will increase from 9.5% to 7.2%. In December 2000, the MERCOSUR countries (Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay) signed a framework agreement establishing a free trade area between MERCOSUR and South Africa.
This framework agreement created a negotiating committee to work towards the establishment of a free trade agreement. The objective of the meeting was to work on the preferential trade agreement between MERCOSUR and SACU, signed in April 2009 and subsequently ratified by Member States. It is an agreement of fixed preferences that removes all or part of customs duties on a number of products. The South African Customs Union (SACU) is composed of Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, South Africa and Swaziland. It was founded in 1910, making it the oldest customs union in the world. The SACU Agreement was revised in 1969 and 2002. In December 2004, MERCOSUR and the South African Customs Union (SACU), composed of Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, South Africa and Swaziland, signed a preferential trade agreement. In conjunction with the agreement, they concluded an agreement on the conclusion of their preferential agreement, expressing their satisfaction with the conclusion of this agreement and reaffirming their commitment to continue negotiations and strengthen bilateral cooperation in order to facilitate the implementation of the agreement. Ministers indicated that these negotiations would start as soon as possible and included additional protocols to the agreement in the customs and automotive sectors. In 2003, saCU FTA discussions began with the United States, but they were founded in mid-2006 due to washington`s high demands.