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March 2024

Protectionism And Shipping Disruptions Threaten Agri Trade

28 March 2024 – Solid business partnerships will become increasingly important to navigate market threats, according to Absa’s recently released AgriTrends Autumn 2024. While the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has dissipated, Absa AgriTrends identified various other global and local megatrends that now threaten international trade. The first of these is a slowdown in globalisation, called […]

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Trade To Rebound This Year

25 March 2024 – After declines over several quarters, international trade is poised for a rebound this year, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development’s (Unctad’s) latest ‘Global Trade Update’ states. The report details a 3% year-on-year contraction in global trade in 2023, on the back of lower trade in goods, but higher trade

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Trade and Insolvencies – The Impact Of Macro-Economic And Geopolitical Dynamics On Businesses

19 March 2014 – With an economic growth forecast of only 1.6% over the next three years for South Africa, businesses are facing a tough trading environment, exacerbated by the impact of geopolitical tensions, disruptive new technologies, persistent weather catastrophe threats and failing public infrastructure and services. South African businesses will also be navigating a

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Ships Around SA Coast Up 85% Since December – But Namibia, Mauritius Are Benefitting

19 March 2024 – Africa’s inefficient and aging ports are hampering the continent’s chances of capitalising on a surge in ship traffic that’s avoiding attacks by Houthi rebels through the Red Sea, logistics experts said. The number of vessels sailing around the southern tip of Africa is up 85% from the first half of December,

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China’s Exports Top Forecasts As Global Demand Returns

13 March 2024 – China’s export and import growth in the January-February period beat forecasts, suggesting global trade is turning a corner in an encouraging signal for policymakers as they try to shore up a stuttering economic recovery. China’s improved export data joins those of South Korea and Germany, and Taiwan, who all saw their shipments top expectations over

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Agricultural Gross Added Value Decline Of More Than 12% Is ‘Unexpected’

11 March 2024 – While South Africa’s agricultural sector faced several challenges last year, it was not expected that the sector’s overall annual performance would drop sharply, the Agricultural Business Chamber (Agbiz) said after the release of data for gross domestic product (GDP) fourth quarter 2023. But the figures released yesterday by Statistics South Africa

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