SACU turns 100

Image: Flickr, GovernmentZA
Image: Flickr, GovernmentZA

This year the Southern African Customs Union (SACU), the oldest customs union in the world, marks its 100th anniversary.

This centenary comes amidst upheavals in global economics, paralysis in the multilateral trading system, and the organization’s own trials notably the split precipitated by the Economic Partnership Agreement negotiations with the European Union. In a historically unprecedented move SACU heads of state and government met for the first time ever on April 22nd and issued a joint communiqué reaffirming their confidence in SACU’s future.

Over the years SAIIA has done substantial work on SACU. Some of the research is available for download below while books can be bought from selected bookstores as well as from the SAIIA publications department. Our most recent material is accessible via the event page of our recent SACU 100 workshop.


  • Trade Reform in Southern Africa: Vision 2014? edited by peter Draper and Philip Alves
  • Regional Integration and Economic Partnership Agreements: Southern Africa at the Crossroads edited by Peter Draper and Talitha Bertelsmann-Scott.

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