Rebate created for duties on steel cord | Anti-dumping duties removed on Frit | Duties increased on rock drills

Duty relief for steel cord used to manufacture conveyor belts On 20 May 2022, ITAC initiated a duty rebate investigation for the importation of steel cords used in the manufacture of steel cord-reinforced conveyor belting, tariff…

Trade Brief 4: Cargill sets sail. Literally. With sails on a ship

The shipping industry is under pressure to reduce carbon emissions (they contribute 3% of global carbon emissions, about 20% the contribution of cow farts who let rip 14.5% of global emissions. Seriously). Taking inspiration from history,…

Update on the request for a temporary rebate of duty for solar panels

After the previous blog, we were as confused as everyone else why a temporary rebate investigation was initiated if there is currently no duty on the product, HS 8541.43 – Photovoltaic cells assembled in modules or…

Request for a temporary rebate of duty for solar panels which don’t attract duty. Odd.

On Friday, 25 August 2023 ITAC initiated a new tariff investigation for the creation of a temporary rebate on “Photovoltaic cells assembled in modules or made up into panels, classifiable in tariff subheading 8541.43, in such…

Brics grows by 6 new members. What does it mean?

It is with some relief that only one new member of Brics has a name starting with a consonant or the new acronym would have been a nightmare. That disaster averted, XA will send a bottle…

Anti-dumping case on active yeast imports from Zimbabwe

On 18 August 2020, ITAC initiated an investigation on the alleged dumping of active yeast, tariff heading 2102.10, from the Republic of Zimbabwe. The application was brought by Rymco trading as Anchor yeast, which is the…

About ITAC’s response to our Import Duty Investigation report No. 3

As many of you are aware, we launched our third Import Duty Investigations report on Wednesday (you can and should download the report here). ITAC responded with a media release of their own. I am not…

Reinstatement of Anti-Dumping Duties on Frozen Bone-In Chicken Pieces from EU and Brazil

After a 12-month suspension, the International Trade Administration Commission (ITAC) has decided to implement anti-dumping duties on frozen bone in chicken pieces from the EU and Brazil to protect the local poultry sector and mitigate the…

Application to amend rebate items used for the importation of other electronic conductors

On 21 July 2023, ITAC initiated an investigation to amend and renumber rebate items 316.17/00.00/01.00, 316.17/00.00/02.00, and 316.17/00.00/00 used for the importation of other electric conductors, classifiable under tariff subheading 8544.42. The application was brought by…

Another proposed restriction on processed scrap metal

The Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (DTIC) has proposed to further restrict the export of copper semi-finished products, temporarily prohibit the export of used or second-hand rails, and subject rails to export control. The gazette…

Review of customs duties on mixed frozen vegetables

On 30 June 2023, Minister Patel instructed ITAC to initiate a review of the customs duties on mixed frozen vegetables in nine months time (April 2024). In a burst of enthusiasm, ITAC instead initiated that review…

Trade Brief 3: Move the capital from the old world to young Africa

We tend to not think about population growth too much, because the changes are so slow. Until they’re not. Until very recently, human population has been growing and that assumption is baked into our economic theories,…

Trade Technical: Court offers clarity on tariff determinations – common sense, pragmatism and business-like results are part of the approach

Nerd Alert! You can skip this blog if you are not a serious trade nerd! The recent High Court decision in Diageo v CSARS has clarified the approach to interpreting the law on tariff determinations in…

The price of chicken and veg matter, but not the price of chips

After a marathon 53 months (!!), ITAC eventually rejected Nature’s Garden’s application to increase the duties on frozen vegetables from 10% to 37%. Here is what happened. On 14 June 2018, Nature’s Garden filed an application…

DTIC proposes extending the Price Preference System (PPS) – again! – on scrap metal

On June 26, 2023, the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (DTIC) proposed extending PPS for between 2 to 5 years, under the same terms it currently operates. PPS is the trade policy which forces scrap metal…

Trade Brief 2: Arizona is exporting water to Saudi | The world is growing apart and with it inflation follows

Saudi farms are exporting Arizona water back to Saudi Arabia Arizona is exporting alfalfa, a massive water consumer, grown on Saudi-owned American farms back to Saudi Arabia. This is happening because of the loose rules around…

Scrap metal export ban extended by another 6 months

On 15 June 2023, Minister Ebrahim Patel extended the ban on the export of copper and steel (except stainless steel and manufacturing scrap) for another six months. If you already have an export permit in hand,…

The risk of losing AGOA is smaller than anticipated

The Bloomberg article by Stanlib’s Ndihuvo Netshitenze materially overstates the risk of South Africa’s stance on Russia. I have been quite outspoken that our pro-Russia stance, aka non-aligned, is harmful to our economy and if anything my…

Diesel Refund Extension to Foodstuff Manufacturers: A Closer Look

In the 2023 budget speech, the Minister of Finance introduced tax relief measures to address the current load-shedding problem in the country. One notable measure is the extension of the diesel refund system to manufacturers of…

Anti-dumping duties imposed on frozen chips from Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany

On 18 May 2023, ITAC imposed anti-dumping duties on frozen potato chips originating or imported from Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands, as follows: We have received the board report and will soon receive the calculations. We…

Error correction – Competition Commission steel inquiry

Off to an inauspicious start, my very first Trade Brief, contained an error. I had stated we only had one primary steel producer (ArcelorMittal) benefits from import duties of 10%. This is only true for flat…

Counting the cost of poor South African diplomacy

The US ambassador to South Africa, Reuben E. Brigety, accused South Africa of sending guns to Russia onboard the Lady-R, the suspicious embargoed Russian ship that sailed into Simon’s Town in December 2022 with its transponders…

The dangerous rise of growing subsidies globally

Industrial policy is the fancy name governments use when they try to pick winners that the market misses. They do this by erecting barriers to imports (duties, import permits and so on) and through subsidies, sometimes…

Trade Brief 1: Competition Commission steel inquiry and new AGOA report published

I am playing around with the idea of putting out periodic trade briefs, covering trade topics which are relevant right now. This is my first attempt. Competition Commission steel inquiry Last week the Competition Commission announced…

Counting the cost of South Africa’s dalliance with Putin

The Sunday Times article of 9 April 2023, titled “Ramaphosa to send envoys to US to explain South Africa’s stance on Russia“, opens with the paragraph “President Cyril Ramaphosa is sending a delegation to Washington to…

Fixing SA’s trade policy process is crucial to developing a vibrant economy

I open the second XA Import Duty Investigations Report with the words “[i]f you love localisation more than you love ice cream, then getting trade policy working properly is for you“. Trade policy is the implementation…

Request to extend the of safeguard duties on threaded fasteners of iron or steel

The South African Fasteners Manufacture’s Association (SAFMA) applied to have the safeguard duties on set screws imported under tariff codes 7318.15.41, 7318.15.42, and 7318.16.30. The duty is currently set at 50.04%. SAFMA  argues that if safeguard…

Application to increase in the Customs duty on stay wire

On 24 March 2023, ITAC initiated an investigation to consider increasing in the customs duty on stay wire, tariff code 7312.10.27, from 5% to the WTO bound rate of 15% ad valorem. Wireforce brought the application,…

Request to reduce the import duties on canned minced anchovies

Unique Selling Points (Namibia) applied to reduce the import duties on canned minced anchovies, cleared under tariff code 1604.20.30. The duty is currently 25% and they wish to have it reduced to 6c per kg by…

The impact of South Africa’s foreign policy on our exports

President Ramaphosa, in admiration of China’s foreign policy posture on Russia, stated that “the ANC detested the domination by a single state or its nation’s military, economic power, and social and cultural influence over how the rest…