CAIA Media Release: 05 February 2018

CAIA Trade Facilitator Workshop aimed at achieving a solid basis in fundamentals of trade with other countries

The Chemical and Allied Industries’ Association (CAIA) will host a half-day Trade Facilitation Workshop at its Rosebank, Johannesburg, offices on Wednesday, 14 February 2018, providing vital information on trade-related matters, an understanding of some of the processes and the opportunity to engage in discussions in areas where CAIA members experience challenges.

“The workshop is aimed at achieving a solid basis in the fundamentals of trade with other countries and what to consider when opportunity is provided to input into trade agreements, as well as how company-specific challenges can be addressed. The workshop is therefore suitable to a wide audience,” says Deidré Penfold, Executive Director of CAIA.

Ms Penfold says CAIA will provide web conferencing facilities for the event.

“Taking cognisance of the economic demands and geographical location of members, as well as of challenges being experienced with traffic congestion and of the environmental footprint of CAIA activities, web conferencing facilities will make it possible for more attendants to benefit by the workshop without compromising our environmental principles.

“We look forward to yet another successful workshop,” she says.

Venue: CAIA, Rosebank Office Park, Block B, Ground Floor.

181 Jan Smuts Avenue, Rosebank, Johannesburg

Date:   14 February 2018

Time:  10:00 – 14:00

Web conferencing:   Available

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Welcome, Introductions, Compliance Document and Safety Moment Deidré Penfold
Overview of the Networking Session Deidré Penfold
An overview of CAIA’s advocacy initiatives in the trade arena Glen Malherbe
The importance of trade-related matters to the South African economy Catherine Grant
The steps in export and import including those undertaken by the competent authority Juanita Maree
Question Session All
A technical introduction to bi- and multilateral trade agreements and the mechanisms of negotiation; including the distinction between tariff versus rules of origin negotiations, and offers versus requests Catherine Grant
Trade Agreements to which South Africa is a party Catherine Grant
The importance of providing input on trade-related advocacy matters - protect your products! Nombini Kutta
A technical introduction to the Harmonised System of Tariff Classification methodology to facilitate the provision of input and data towards negotiations Glen Malherbe
Differentiation between Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) Codes and Tariff Codes Glen Malherbe
Question Session All
Non-tariff barriers and non-tariff measures to trade - an introduction Juanita Maree/Catherine Grant
Anti-dumping provisions and other trade remedies Carina Janse van Vuuren
Question Session All
Way Forward Deidré Penfold
Closing and Lunch


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