ANNOUNCEMENT 10 Jul 2009In July 2009, the members of SACU announced a change in import duties.
NUMBER OF INTERVENTIONS
South Africa Revenue Service (SARS), Government Gazette no. 32371 of 10 July 2009, No. R. 724: http://www.sars.gov.za/AllDocs/Embargo/Tariffs/LAPD-LSec-CE-TA-2009-38%20-%20Notice%20R724%20GG%2032371%2010%20July%202009.pdf
International Trade Administration Commission of South Africa (ITAC) Report No. 301 of 30 April 2009: http://www.itac.org.za/upload/document_files/20140929095205_Report-301.pdf
On 10 July 2009, the South African Revenue Service (SARS) exempted the import duty on textured yarn and lace embroidery. Previously, the duties were at 10 and 5 percent.
Request for duty exemption
The tariff exemption was requested by the Textile Federation to the International Trade Administration Commission of South Africa (ITAC), which is in charge of evaluating tariff changes.
The ITAC recommended the reduction by arguing that "'the duties' have unnecessary cost implications for the downstream manufacturing industry, as these products are not manufactured or potentially manufactured domestically." 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.