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Riaan de Lange

Riaan de Lange

This economic and trade-focused column is prepared by Riaan de Lange – The views expressed in this column are the author's personal views

Scrap metal exportation

17th September 2021 Introduced on May 10, 2013, through a trade policy directive, the Price Preference System (PPS) has been subject to numerous reviews and amendments in recent years. The most recent, which is the subject of this piece, was gazetted on September 3. This was the third for 2021, with the others... 

Customs data analysis

10th September 2021 The World Customs Organisation’s (WCO’s) 2018 ‘Draft Guidance on Data Analytics’ describes data analytics as the process of analysing datasets to discover or uncover patterns, associations and anomalies from sets of structured or unstructured data and to draw practical conclusions. The document... 

National distress duty relief

3rd September 2021 In the instalment of this column published on August 20 and titled ‘Looting Survey and Hotline’, I wrote about the announcement, on August 11, by the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (DTIC), of its survey on the impact of the recent looting on business operations, and of the... 


27th August 2021 Heard what happened when the Past, the Present and the Future walked into a bar? It was tense. There must have been some ‘tense’ engagements then at the 2021 Public Economics Winter School. If you are not familiar with this School of Economics, you should know that public economics, also known as... 

Looting survey and hotline

20th August 2021 Looting is defined as the act of stealing or the taking of goods by force in the midst of a military, political or other social crisis, such as a war, a natural disaster or rioting. The proceeds of looting are called booty, loot, plunder, spoils or pillage. The Department of Trade, Industry and... 

Team South Africa?

13th August 2021 Do the names Elaine Thompson-Herah, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Shericka Jackson mean anything to you? No? What about 10.61, 10.74 and 10.76? These are the times recorded by the top three women athletes in the 100 m sprint final at the Tokyo Olympics on July 31. Quite remarkably, all three ladies... 

Customs inspections

6th August 2021 The Cambridge Dictionary defines an inspection as “the act of looking at something carefully, or an official visit to a building or organisation to check that everything is correct and legal”. As the plural in the title suggests, the South African Revenue Service (Sars) employs various types of... 

The UK’s trade preferences

30th July 2021 The UK’s Department for International Trade (DIT) on July 19 announced an open consultation in its efforts to design the country’s trade preferences scheme for developing nations, with comments due by September 12. The DIT has committed to considering the views of all sectors of society and... 

AEO – calling South Africa

23rd July 2021 Harry S Truman, the thirty-third President of the US, famously said that “there is nothing new in the world except the history you do not know”. In similar vein, Marie Antoinette, the last queen of France before the French Revolution, said: “There is nothing new except what has been forgotten.”... 

WCO’s Trade Tools platform

16th July 2021 Over the years, I have written numerous articles and conducted extensive research on the cornerstones of customs, which the World Customs Organisation (WCO) calls the 'international trade actors'. If you need reminding, there are three: tariff classification, also called the Harmonised System... 

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