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On 25 September 2015, the South African Revenue Service (SARS) increased the customs duty on steel products classified under the tariff headings: 7210.41, 7210.49, 7210.61, 7210.70, 7210.90, 7212.30, 7212.40 and 7225.99. The tariff was increased from 0% to 10% ad valorem. Goods which have their origins in the EU, EFTA and Southern African Development Community are exempted from the tariff levy.
The decision by SARS was based on a recommendation by the International Trade Administration Commission of South Africa (ITAC) who's in charge of evaluating tariff changes. The complaint came from the South African Coil Coaters Association (SACCA) representing ArcelorMittal South Africa Limited and Safal Steel, both of them requesting a 10% ad valorem tariff on steel products. The ITAC argued in favor of SACCA and stated that the tariff increase will help the domestic industry producing zinc-coated/galvanized steel, alu-zinc steel, and colour-coated steel to achieve economies of scale.
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