Being a member of a number of regional and international groupings, make Zambia strategic both in its location and abundance in natural resource. These include the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), which is currently a customs union, and the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) Free Trade Areas (FTA).
Zambia is also in the forefront in pushing for the establishment of the Tripartite Free Trade Area composed of COMESA, SADC and the East Africa Community.In addition , the Government has signed and is currently implementing a number of bilateral trade agreements such as with China, Canada and Japan. Zambia is a member of the World Trade Organization (WTO) and currently chairing the LDC group at WTO.
It is part of the Cotonou agreement and has benefited from duty-free, quota-free market access for the European market under the Generalized System of Preference (GSP) and the Everything But Arms (EBA) arrangement - and for the US market under the African Growth and Opportunities Act (AGOA). Zambia has also been negotiating for further market access through the economic partnership agreements (EPAs) under the eastern southern Africa (ESA) group with the European Union.