South Africa will be allowed to export 110m litres of wine duty-free to the EU in terms of a new agreement, up from its existing quota of 48m litres a year. The deal is expected to become effective in October. The EU is a major market for South African wine producers, accounting for nearly 75% of exports, worth R5.01bn a year, wine producer organisation VinPro said. The deal offers a “much-needed boost for the industry that had been besieged by drought and a tough global climate”, it said. Other benefits included the introduction of a duty-free quota for sugar of 15 000 tons and ethanol of 80 000 tons a year, Business Day reported.