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Month: Jan 2021

Cyclone Eloise’s Damage Could Have Implications For South Africa’s Maize Price Outlook

29 January 2021 – At the start of the year, I expressed an optimistic view that SA’s maize prices could begin to soften from about the end of February, as this is the time when more information about the expected sizeable domestic harvest would become available. A decline in commodity prices would be beneficial to …

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What Is Trade Credit Insurance And How Does It Work?

28 January 2021 – Trade credit insurance protects your business from bad debts. It insures your accounts receivable and protects your business from unpaid invoices caused by customer bankruptcy, default, political risks, or other reasons agreed with your insurer. It’s also known as debtor insurance, export credit insurance and accounts receivable insurance. How Does Trade …

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South Africa – Import Requirements and Documentation

26 January 2021 – South Africa has a complex import process. The South African Revenue Service (SARS) defines approximately 90,000 product tariff codes that are strictly enforced on all imports. New-to-Market U.S. exporters are actively encouraged to engage the services of a reputable freight forwarding/customs clearance agent well versed in South African convention. Customs South …

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Trend-Bucking Summer Rains Are Cause For Optimism In South Africa’s Agriculture

18 January 2021 – SA’s agricultural sector is having an upbeat start to the year. This optimism is a welcome change from the usual heightened uncertainty that has characterised the beginning of each of the past few years. Since the severe drought of 2014, we have been experiencing more frequent dry periods each season that …

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