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: 15 Nov 2013 | Removal date: 15 Sep 2014
Still in force

Import tariff

On 15 November 2013, the South African Revenue Service (SARS) increased the import duty on graphite electrodes "of a kind used for furnaces", which are classified under HS 8545.11. The import tariff was levied from free of duty to the WTO-bound rate of 10 per cent.
 
However, the duty for products entering the Southern African Customs Union (SACU) originating from the EU and the Southern African Development Community (SADC) are still free. Besides this, the tariff for EFTA products was reduced from 3.8 per cent to free of duty as well.
 
The ITAC decided to raise the customs duty due to the high level of imports into the SACU, and concomitant erosion of the market share of the SACU producers of graphite electrodes.
 
Update
On the 5 September 2014, the SARS suspended the duty by Notice no. 659. The decision was based on a recommendation by the International Trade Administration Commission of South Africa. The Commission found that graphite electrodes are no longer manufactured domestically and that the current duty has a cost-raising impact on the downstream users of graphite electrodes, i.e. the minerals and metals beneficiation and fabrication industries.
 
Affected trading partners
The GTA retrieves its data on affected trading partners from UN Comtrade. However, for the year 2011, the database was not able to provide the affected trading partners for Botswana, Swaziland, and Lesotho.

AFFECTED COUNTRIES

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AFFECTED SECTORS AND PRODUCTS

469 Other electrical equipment & parts
8545 Carbon electrodes, carbon brushes, lamp carbons, battery carbons and other articles of graphite or other carbon, with or without metal, of a kind used for electrical purposes.
854511 Of a kind used for furnaces

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