Duty reduction on canned minced anchovies

On 1 March 2024, ITAC published an amendment on the duty reduction of Canned minced anchovies through the creation of 8-digit tariff lines for the subject product. The newly prescribed duties have decreased from 25% to…

Tall oil fatty acids rebate approval

On 1 March 2024, ITAC published an amendment granting a full-duty rebate on tall oil fatty acids imports, provided there is no local producer within SACU. Following the closure of  Oleo Chemicals, South Africa’s sole domestic…

XA’s 4th import duty investigation shows an enormous deterioration in the performance of tariff investigations

This week we released the 4th XA Import Duty Investigation Report and so many serious concerns are brought to the fore, the most worrying being that the private sector is withdrawing from using all of the…

Initiation of safeguard measure against the increased imports of certain flat-rolled products of iron, non-alloy steel or other alloy steel

The International Trade Administration Commission of South Africa (ITAC) has initiated a safeguard investigation into hot-rolled steel. The applicant, the South African Iron & Steel Institute (SAISI), represents ArcelorMittal South Africa Limited (AMSA), the major producer…

Temporary rebate application on domestic ventilating or recycling hoods incorporating a fan

Defy Appliances (Pty) Ltd has applied for a temporary rebate on domestic ventilating or recycling hoods. These hoods incorporate a fan and may or may not have filters. They fall under tariff subheading 8414.60.20. The reasons…

Full rebate for styrene-butadiene rubber for use in the manufacture of tyres

After 4 years and 24 days, the rebate for styrene-butadiene rubber (SBR) classifiable in tariff subheading HS 4002.19.90, which is used in the manufacturing of tyres was implemented on 16 February 2024. The rebate application was…

Implementation of final anti-dumping duties on galvanised flat-rolled products of iron or non-alloy steel

On Friday, 16 February the anti-dumping duties on flat-rolled products of iron or non-alloy steel, of a width of 600 mm or more, otherwise plated or coated with zinc, of a thickness of less than 0,45…

The Competition Commission’s Poultry Market Inquiry – Insights into a Vital Industry

On 6 February 2024, the Competition Commission gave notice that it will conduct a comprehensive market inquiry into South Africa’s poultry industry value chain – the Poultry Market Inquiry (PMI). This is initiated under section 43B(1)(a)…

The uncounted cost of being a member of Brics

When we first cracked the nod to add the ‘s’ to Bric in 2010, only SA’s politicians cared and it remained so until Russia invaded Ukraine in February 2022. Despite the rhetoric about the economic miracles…

Amendment to the anti-dumping duties on tyres, imported from Cooper (Kunshan) Tire, in China

On 2 February 2024, ITAC published an amendment to the existing anti-dumping duties on specific types of tyres imported from China. While the overall duty rates remain unchanged, updates were made to the list of producers…

Temporary rebate created for imported chicken

On 26 January 2024, SARS created a temporary rebate for chicken imports classified under subheading 0207.1. This follows an instruction from Minister Patel in October 2023 to urgently investigate the possibility of rebating the duties on…

Full-duty rebate on titanium dioxide approved

On 29 January 2024, SARS amended Part 1 of Schedule No. 3, by creating a full-duty rebate on titanium dioxide classifiable under tariff subheading 3206.11, for use in the manufacture of white masterbatch, classifiable in tariff…

New 8-digit tariff codes inserted into the tariff book

On 19 January 2024, SARS published amendments to Part 1 of Schedule 1 of the tariff book. The new technical amendments inserted 8-digit tariff subheadings under Chapters 5, 12, 20, 30, 41, and 72. The amendments…

Temporary rebate from optical fibre cables and electrical apparatus

SARS has implemented the creation of a temporary rebate provision for the importation of: Optic fibre cables and electrical apparatus, classifiable under HS 8544.70, used in the international submarine optical fibre cable infrastructure. Electrical apparatus for…

Final anti-dumping duties imposed on vehicle windscreens just before the 18 month deadline

On 22 July 2022, ITAC initiated an investigation into the alleged dumping of windscreens for vehicles classifiable under HS  7007.21.20 originating in or imported from China to be used in the SACU market in the aftermarket…

Anti-dumping duties maintained on unframed mirrors and float glass

Unframed mirrors On 22 July 2022 ITAC initiated the sunset review on unframed glass mirrors, classifiable under tariff heading 7009.91, originating in or imported from the Republic of Indonesia. The application was brought by PFG Building…

South Africa’s Proposed Amendments to the Second Hand Goods Act to Monitor Scrap Metal Trade

Phase 2 of the Scrap metal Policy to Limit Damage to Infrastructure and the Economy (the “Policy”) is in progress. Amendments to the Second Hand Goods Act (SHGA) were published for comment on 17 November 2023.…

Ignore the media hysteria! – everyone can still export agricultural products to the EU and the UK

Rapport’s headline on Sunday was “Wit boerderye mag nie uitvoer, sê staat” (White farmers may not export, says the state), which is only 1% true. At a push. But what a headline! Now let’s get to…

Karoo Farmers no longer sheep-ish as Karoo Lamb achieves GI status

Karoo sheep farmers can finally rejoice as their long-awaited battle for geographical indication (GI) status for Karoo lamb has been won, as confirmed by the Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development on 27 October…

Eggs-hausted Resources: Avian Influenza’s Impact on South African Poultry

South Africa’s chicken industry is facing a dire situation due to the country’s worst outbreak of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI), commonly known as bird flu. The outbreak has rapidly spread through chicken flocks, resulting in…

Correction notice for the importation of other electronic conductors

On 13 October 2023, ITAC published a correction notice for notice no. 1922, which was published on 21 July 2023 in Government Gazette no. 49011. The application was brought by Apex Cordset Technologies (Pty) Ltd for…

Diplomats back on the wagon after Concourt rules that SARS changes to the alcohol and tobacco rebate for diplomats are constitutional

The Constitutional Court in Nu Africa Duty Free Shops (Pty) Ltd v Minister of Finance and Others (CCT 29/22; CCT 57/22 ; CCT 58/22) [2023] ZACC 31 (3 October 2023) has taken a dim view on…

South Africa needs to urgently graduate to become a sweat shop economy

33% of working age South Africans are unemployed, with almost double that unemployed in the youngest quintile. Government puts out endless job creation programmes, which never put a dent in the unemployment rate. We subsidise industries,…

Finally, movement as import duty decisions are being taken. White chocolate | Stainless steel | Woven fabrics

It’s been a while, but finally import duty decisions are being taken. It’s not at all clear why they have taken so long, but we’re happy they are now moving. Hopefully more will soon follow. Click…

ITAC instructed to consider providing temporary import duty relief on chicken while local shortages persist

Due to the shortages of chicken in the South African market, due to a particularly virulent outbreak of Avian Influenza (AI), the Minister of Trade, Industry and Competition has requested ITAC to consider the creation of…

NB: SARS will deactivate customs registrations if companies don’t comply with the onboarding process

Some companies and individuals registered with Customs have been receiving text messages, e-mails and letters of intent noting SARS intend to deregister them for not following the onboarding process launched by SARS to migrate all Customs…

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…