In December 2009, the members of SACU announced a change in import duties.



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South Africa Revenue Service (SARS), No. R. 1187 published in Government Gazette no. 32806 of 18 December 2009:

International Trade Administration Commission of South Africa (ITAC) Report No. 316 of 26 October 2009:

Inception date: 18 Dec 2009 | Removal date: 18 Dec 2010

Import tariff

On 18 December 2009, the South African Revenue Service (SARS) issued Notice no. 1187 exempting the import tariff on certain parts for the replacement of a multi-products pipeline for the transportation ofpetroleum products.
The duty reduction was requested by Transnet Limited to the International Trade Administration Commission of South Africa (ITAC). The ITAC in turn recommended a tariff exemption, as the goods in question are either not or not sufficiently produced in the SACU.
Rebate provision
In order to protect domestic producers, the duty free import is subject to a permit, which is valid 12 months from the date of its issuance. Hence, the government did not change the tariff schedule, but introduced a rebate provision classified under 460.27/00.00/01.00 with the following description:

  • Goods, entered for home consumption on or before 31 December 2010, in such quantities, at such times and under such conditions as the International Trade Administration Commission may allow by specific permit, for the installation of fuel pipeline systems

The regular tariff schedule of the affected products is:

  • 7307.1: 10%
  • 8481: 10% and 15%
  • 8501.51: 20%
  • 8502.1: 20%
  • 8504.32: 10%
  • 8506.50: 10% and 20%
  • 8536.20.15: 15%
  • 8537.10: 15%
  • 8544.49: 15%

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.