ANNOUNCEMENT 06 Mar 2009In March 2009, the members of SACU announced a change in import duties.
NUMBER OF INTERVENTIONS
South Africa Revenue Service (SARS), No. R. 230 published in Government Gazette no. 31958 of 6 March 2009: http://www.sars.gov.za/AllDocs/Embargo/Tariffs/LAPD-LSec-CE-TA-2009-12%20-%20Notice%20R230%20GG%2031958%206%20March%202009.pdf
International Trade Administration Commission of South Africa (ITAC) Report No. 285 of 28 October 2008: http://www.itac.org.za/upload/document_files/20141006083140_Report-285.pdf
On 6 March 2009, the South African Revenue Service (SARS) issued Notice no. 239 introducing a duty exemption on filament yarn of polyester, classifiable under 5402.33. The tariff reduction will be granted on a permit system, in order to protect domestic competitors.
The previous tax schedule was 15% for all countries in general, 5% for EU member states, 8% for EFTA member states, and free of duty for the Southern African Development Community.
The tariff reduction was requested by the Textile Federation of South Africa (Texfed) to the International Trade Administration Commission of South Africa (ITAC). The ITAC in turn granted a tariff exemption, based on the fact, that the SACU market cannot meet the demand for the good in question.
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.