ANNOUNCEMENT 12 Jun 2009In June 2009, the members of SACU announced a change in import duties.
NUMBER OF INTERVENTIONS
South Africa Revenue Service (SARS), No. R. 646 published in Government Gazette no. 32299 of 12 Juni 2009: http://www.sars.gov.za/AllDocs/Embargo/Tariffs/LAPD-LSec-CE-TA-2009-31%20-%20Notice%20R646%20GG%2032299%2012%20June%202009.pdf
International Trade Administration Commission of South Africa (ITAC) Report No. 299 of 24 March 2009: http://www.itac.org.za/upload/document_files/20141006010251_Report-299.pdf
On 12 June 2009, the South African Revenue Service (SARS) allowed for a tariff exemption on pencil leads, classifiable under subheading 9609.20.
The previous tax schedule was 20% for all countries in general, 10% for EU member states, 17.6% for EFTA member states, and free of duty for the Southern African Development Community.
The tariff reduction was requested by Pentel SA (Pty) Ltd. 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 does not produce 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.