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On 9 October 2009, the South African Revenue Service (SARS) increased the import duty on specific clothing classifiable under tariff headings HS 61 and 62.
SARS raised the duties on 121 clothing items from 40 to 45 percent (i.e., the WTO ceiling rate) and for three hosiery items from 20 to 45 percent.
The import duties for EU, EFTA, and the Southern African Development Community (SADC) remain the same, i.e., 20 percent, 23 percent, and free of duty, respectively. This also applies to hosiery items, where the EU, EFTA, and SADC continue to be exempted from an import duty altogether.
The tariff increase was put forth by the South African Clothing and Textiles Workers Union to the International Trade Administration Commission of South Africa (ITAC), which is in charge of evaluating tariff changes.
In sum, the ITAC recommended the reduction by arguing that ''t'he contraction in the industry has led to diminishing returns and a decrease in price competitiveness.' The recommendation by ITAC was then approved by SARS.
Affected trading partners
The GTA retrieves its data on affected trading partners from UN Comtrade. However, for the year 2008, the database was not available to provide the affected trading partners for Botswana, Swaziland, and Lesotho.
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