Annex 2: Briefing on the conclusion of the RSA-EU negotiations on trade, development and cooperation As already said, the transitional period for the phasing out of tariffs by South Africa is twelve years to allow for adaptation by businesses. Sensitive products, such as automobiles and spare parts, remain on the reserve list at this stage without plans to dismantle or reduce tariffs. This situation will be reviewed in the light of the results of the mid-term review of the automotive industry development programme. With regard to other sensitive products, South Africa has convinced the EU to moderate its initial expectations. This allows its slower phase. In the case of clothing and textiles, there is an obligation to reduce customs duties on imports from the EU.