ANNOUNCEMENT 27 Feb 2009In February 2009, the members of SACU announced a change in import duties.
NUMBER OF INTERVENTIONS
South Africa Revenue Service (SARS), Government Gazette No. 31926 of 27 February 2009, No. R. 196: http://www.sars.gov.za/AllDocs/Embargo/Tariffs/LAPD-LSec-CE-TA-2009-09%20-%20Notice%20R196%20GG%2031926%2027%20February%202009.pdf
International Trade Administration Commission of South Africa (ITAC) Report No. 280 of 3 September 2008: http://www.itac.org.za/upload/document_files/20141006080845_Report-280.pdf
On 27 September 2009, the South African Revenue Service (SARS) reduced the customs duty on silo bags.
The duty reduction was requested by the National Chamber of Millings on behalf of Silobags Africa (Pty) Ltd., as silo bags are not produced in the Southern African Customs Union (SACU). The ITAC then recommended the introduction of a new 8-digit tariff line to reduce the import duty to 0%.
Changes of tariffs and codes
The original tariff code for silo bags was 3917.32.20 with a duty of 15% for all countries in general, 13.2% for the EU, 7.5% for EFTA member states, and free of duty for the Southern African Development Community (SADC). Now, silo bags are classified under 3917.32.15 and are free of duty.
The duty and description of tariff subheading 3917.32.20 has also been slightly altered. It is now described as "other, of polymers of ethylene, seamless" with a duty of 15% for all countries in general, 5.7% for the EU, 11.3% for EFTA member states, and free of duty for the SADC.
Affected trading partners
The GTA retrieves its data on affected trading partners from UN Comtrade. However, for the year 2008, the database was not able to provide the affected trading partners for Botswana, Swaziland, and Lesotho.