Mauritian operators operating in the region are urged to use the online system to report NTBs that occur. The website lists the different types of NTBs that can be reported on the system. Once the complaint is registered in the database, it is recorded with a reference number. This reference number can be used to control who is responsible for managing the notified NTB and any specific results. The online system also publishes information on procedural, legislative or regulatory changes announced by Member States in the three RECs, so that all traders can remain informed at all times of the business requirements. The Southern African Development Community (CDAA) Trade Protocol (1996), as amended in 2010, is one of the main legal instruments that guide the CDAA`s trade work. This is an agreement between CDAA member states to reduce tariffs and other barriers to trade in imported goods between CDAA member states. The protocol provided for the creation of a free trade area in the region. The Regional Strategic Development Plan aimed to implement the CDAA Free Trade Area by 2008 and a customs union by 2010. Since 2000, when the CDAA trade protocol was implemented, intra-SADC trade has more than doubled, from about $13.2 billion in 2000 to about $34 billion in 2009, an increase of about 155%. A successful merger of the existing CDAA, COMESA and ABC free trade areas would allow for tariff-free trade in a much larger region.
The proposed tripartite free trade area would promote greater intra-regional trade in the tripartite region through a number of complementary programmes: the CDAA is setting up a trade monitoring and compliance mechanism, which establishes a specific mechanism for identifying and removing non-tariff barriers. This mechanism has the potential to facilitate the movement of goods and strengthen trade. The online NTB monitoring mechanism is available on www.tradebarriers.org. Operators can report and directly monitor the removal of barriers in the COMESA, ABC and SADC regions. This new system increases transparency and facilitates the tracking of notified and identified NBS. This web-based NTB system is accessible to all economic operators, civil servants, scientific researchers and other interested parties. The CDAA Free Trade Agreement provides either duty-free access to exporters in mauritius or a partial reduction in tariffs in other SADC member states, with the exception of the Democratic Republic of Congo and Seychelles. This gives mauritius exporters a preferential margin over imports from other third countries, such as China and India. The preferential margin is the difference between the normal right and the export duty under the CDAA.
As a result, CDAA products have a competitive advantage. The CDAA aims to facilitate trade by simplifying, harmonizing, standardizing and modernizing regional customs procedures. As part of its regional integration programme, SADC has made considerable progress in removing trade barriers and has fostered growth in the region.