TMSA Case Study - Making a Big Difference to Small Traders

“I cross this border post twice a month for my business,” says Sarah Chipaska (39). Travelling by bus, she has been moving goods that range from soya pieces and detergents to clothing and fresh produce between Zimbabwe and Zambia since 2001, earning a living for herself and her 5 children in Ndola, the third largest city in Zambia in the country’s main copper-mining region.

“For the past two years, I have had no problems with customs. They follow the law and I know each time what goods I must pay duty on and which ones I must not,” she explains.

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June 2013


Early Closure of TMSA Programme: The Secretary of State of the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) has decided to terminate its financial contribution to TradeMark Southern Africa (TMSA), as announced on 4 December 2013. As DFID is the sole financier of the TMSA programme of support to the COMESA-EAC-SADC Tripartite, TMSA will officially be closed from 17 March 2014 instead of 31 October 2014. For more information about the TMSA closure, and for a summary of some of the more notable successes of the Tripartite achieved with TMSA support, please click here