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Title:The Southern African Customs Union: An Assessment
Author:Maasdorp, Gavin
Periodical:Journal of Contemporary African Studies
Geographic term:Southern Africa
Economics and Trade
Inter-African Relations
Abstract:The Southern African Customs Union, which consists of South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho and Swaziland was established in 1969, after political independence of Botswana and Lesotho in 1966 and of Swaziland in 1968, and is still in operation. The 1969 Agreement has been the subject of a number of articles, mostly concerning the costs and benefits of the Union membership to the BLS states. These countries have recently pressed for amendments to the Agreement but this has been rejected by Pretoria. This is the first time that a recommendation of the Customs Union Commission has been rejected by a member government, and the future membership of the BLS countries, already under criticism from several quarters, may well be subjected to closer scrutiny. After a brief review of the theory of customs unions, this article examines some of the issues pertaining to BLS membership of the Customs Union Agreement. Notes.