A free trade area in which Member States agree to weigh customs duties but can impose their own external customs duties on third countries promotes economic cooperation between Member States. A customs union adds a common external customs duty against non-SADC countries, with all MEMBERS of the Union receiving shares of this tariff. For countries covered by the Southern African Customs Union (SACU), this process was completed in January 2007. For Mozambique, the process will only be completed in 2015 for imports from South Africa. Together with the SADC Games, which were first held in Maputo in 2004, the organization organizes its own multi-sport event. Originally scheduled for an earlier date in Malawi and Lesotho, organizational problems led to the abandonment of the plan and SADC fined Malawi $100,000.  At the first edition in 2004 in Maputo, more than 1000 young people under the age of 20 from 10 countries participated in a sports program that participated in a program of athletics, football, netball, boxing and basketball.  The origins of SADC date back to the 1960s and 1970s, when leaders of majority-governed countries and national liberation movements coordinated their political, diplomatic, and military struggles to end minority colonial and white rule in southern Africa. The immediate precursor to today`s SADC political and security cooperation was the informal regroupment of the Frontline States (FLS). It was founded in 1980. The SADC Free Trade Area was established in August 2008, after the implementation of the SADC Trade Protocol laid the foundation for its establishment in 2000.
  Its original members were Botswana, Lesotho, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Eswatini, Tanzania, Zambia, and Zimbabwe, later Malawi and Seychelles. Of the 15 SADC member states, only Angola and the Democratic Republic of Congo are not yet participating, but Angolan Trade Minister Joffre Van-Dúnen Júnior said in Luanda that his ministry was working to create the conditions for Angola`s accession to the SADC Free Trade Area in 2019.   The SADC Customs Union, to be established by 2010 in accordance with SADC`s Regional Indicative Strategic Development Plan (RISDP), is unlikely to become a reality in the near future. Indeed, the European Union`s Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs), with their inherent extra-regional free trade regimes, have offered several SADC members more benefits than deeper regional market integration within the framework of a SADC customs union. Given that these SADC countries have formed four distinct groups to negotiate and implement different Economic Partnership Agreements with the European Union, the opportunity to establish a SADC-wide common external customs law as a precondition for a regional customs union is missed.  On 10 June 2016, the European Union signed an Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) with the SADC EPA Group, comprising Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Eswatini (formerly Swaziland). Angola has the opportunity to accede to the agreement in the future….