FTW Pick: Customs holdups will torpedo Africa’s free trade ambitions

Queuing trucks are a familiar sight at Africa's border posts.

Africa’s aspirations to establish a common market that will dwarf other free trade areas could be dead in the water if it doesn’t sort out on-the-ground issues first, customs and excise professional Duane Newman has said.


Speaking at the recent Manufacturing Indaba in Sandton, the joint managing director of Cova Advisory & Associates said their private sector clients all appeared to be asking the same questions when it came to cross-border freight.


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