INVESTIGATION PROGRESS

Date Status
11 Aug 2017 Definitive duty
24 Mar 2016 Initiation

IMPLEMENTATION LEVEL

Supranational

AFFECTED FLOW

Inflow

ANNOUNCED AS TEMPORARY

No

NON-TRADE-RELATED RATIONALE

No

ELIGIBLE FIRMS

all

JUMBO

No

TARIFF PEAK

No
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Inception date: 11 Aug 2017 | Removal date: open ended
Still in force

Safeguard

On 24 March 2016, the South African authorities announced the initiation of a safeguard investigation on imports of certain flat-rolled products of iron, non-alloy steel or other alloy steel (excluding stainless steel) and not further worked than hot-rolled flat, not clad, plated or coated as well as excluding grain-oriented silicon electrical steel. The products subject to investigation are classified under the following HS code: 7208.10, 7208.25, 7208.26, 7208.27, 7208.36, 7208.37, 7208.38, 7208.39, 7208.40, 7208.51, 7208.52, 7208.53, 7208.54, 7208.90, 7211.14, 7211.19, 7225.30, 7225.40, 7225.99, 7226.91 and 7226.99. The request for investigation was lodged by the South African Iron & Steel Institute on behalf of its members producing the subject products.

On 22 July, the International Trade Administration Commission (ITAC) of South Africa issued its preliminary findings and recommended not to impose a provisional safeguard measure on imports of above product.

On 11 August 2017, the South African Revenue Service imposed a definitive safeguard duty on imports of the subject good. The rate of duty between 11 August 2017 and 10 August 2018 is 12%. The rate of duty between 11 August 2018 and 10 August 2019 is 10%. The rate of duty between 11 August 2019 and 10 August 2020 is 8%.

In May, June and August 2018, a number of rebates were introduced for the purpose to exclude various goods being subject to safeguard duties, see related interventions

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AFFECTED SECTORS AND PRODUCTS

412 Products of iron or steel
7208 Flatrolled products of iron or nonalloy steel, of a width of 600 mm or more, hotrolled, not clad, plated or coated.
720810 In coils, not further worked than hotrolled, with patterns in relief
720827 Of a thickness of less than 3 mm
720837 Of a thickness of 4.75 mm or more but not exceeding 10 mm
720838 Of a thickness of 3 mm or more but less than 4.75 mm
720839 Of a thickness of less than 3 mm
720851 Of a thickness exceeding 10 mm
720852 Of a thickness of 4.75 mm or more but not exceeding 10 mm
720890 Other
7209 Flatrolled products of iron or nonalloy steel, of a width of 600 mm or more, coldrolled (coldreduced), not clad, plated or coated.
720916 Of a thickness exceeding 1 mm but less than 3 mm
720917 Of a thickness of 0.5 mm or more but not exceeding 1 mm
720918 Of a thickness of less than 0.5 mm
720990 Other
7225 Flatrolled products of other alloy steel, of a width of 600 mm or more.
722530 Other, not further worked than hotrolled, in coils
722540 Other, not further worked than hotrolled, not in coils
722599 Other

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