Calibrating Informal Cross-Border Trade in Southern Africa

Calibrating Informal Cross-Border Trade in Southern Africa

The study demonstrates that informal cross-border  is a complex phenomenon and not uniform across the region, or even through border posts of the same country. However, the overall volume of trade, duties paid and VAT foregone, as well as the types of goods and where they are produced, indicate that this sector of regional trade should be given  much greater attention and support by governments of the region as well as regional organizations such as the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), SADC and the Southern African Customs Union (SACU).

Detailed Information

  • Title: Calibrating Informal Cross-Border Trade in Southern Africa
  • Author/s: Sally Peberdy & Jonathan Crush
  • Publisher: SAMP
  • Country of Origin: South Africa
  • Publication Year: 2015
  • ISBN: 9781920596132

The study demonstrates that informal cross-border  is a complex phenomenon and not uniform across the region, or even through border posts of the same country. However, the overall volume of trade, duties paid and VAT foregone, as well as the types of goods and where they are produced, indicate that this sector of regional trade should be given  much greater attention and support by governments of the region as well as regional organizations such as the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), SADC and the Southern African Customs Union (SACU).

Sally Peberdy is a Senior Researcher at the Gauteng City-Region Observatory (GCRO), Johannesburg.

Jonathan Crush is a Professor and CIGI Chair in Global Migration and Development at the Balsillie School of International Affairs, Waterloo, Canada, and an Honorary Professor at the University of Cape Town.

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