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On 18 May 2012, upon the advice of the International Trade Administration Commission of South Africa (ITAC), the South African Revenue Service (SARS) increased the customs duty for tomato paste under tariff heading 2002.90. The duty was raised from 15 per cent to 37 per cent ad valorem for all countries except EU and EFTA member states. According to the ITAC, the support will enable domestic producers to achieve economics of scale.
However, the ITAC included an exceptional rebate of full duty for bulk tomato paste used in the manufacture of food preparations classifiable in tariff line chapters 16 to 21. The reason for the rebate is that, from time to time, supply shortages of tomato paste for further processing are experienced.
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