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Surveya Global, in collaboration with the World Bank Group, is undertaking a study in South Africa to identify barriers to cross-border trade. Research has shown that trade facilitation plays an important role in a country’s economic development as it enhances competitiveness by reducing transaction costs to import and export. Studies have also demonstrated that international trade is a vital component to poverty reduction. It provides job opportunities and increased returns particularly for export-oriented sectors (e.g., manufacturing, services, and agriculture), which thrive under supportive trade policy and transparent trade procedures.
Oftentimes, however, women face barriers that prevent them from fully participating in international trade. Thus, opening of trade markets can affect men and women differently. For example, studies in other parts of the world have shown that burdensome customs requirements, lack of knowledge of border policies and procedures, and/or poor infrastructure might impact women traders more than their male counterparts.
In South Africa, significant data gaps exist on the exact nature of barriers that firms, and women-led firms in particular, face in undertaking cross-border trade, as well as the gendered impact of customs and border procedures. Filling these information gaps is essential to optimize the design and implementation of effective policy reforms and program interventions that maximize the gains from trade for all.
Who can participate?
We are identifying firms who are willing to participate in the survey. It will target owners and managers of South African companies, as well as customs brokers and freight forwarders, engaged in the import and export of goods.
About the study
The study will be undertaken nationwide from July 1-30, 2021. Interviews will be conducted by telephone, and each interview will take approximately 25 minutes. All survey responses and identities of respondents will be kept anonymous and confidential.
Data will be reported on at an aggregate level and will be used to inform trade policy and procedures relating to the movement, release, and clearance of goods in South Africa.
For more information
Visit www.tfsurveysa.org or contact Surveya at 087 537 1774