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On 3 July 2015, the South African Revenue Service (SARS) granted a customs duty exemption on 'certain components used for the manufacture of electricity meters' which are classified under the tariff heading 9028.30.
The decision by SARS was based on a recommendation by the International Trade Administration Commission of South Africa (ITAC) which is in charge of evaluating tariff changes. The duty exemption was originally requested by Itron Metering Solutions (Pty) Ltd, a subsidiary of the US company Itron Inc.
The ITAC argued in favor of Itron since components for electricity meters are not being produced in the Southern African Customs Union (SACU) but are subjected to a customs duty while electricity meters can be imported duty-free.
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