ANNOUNCEMENT 18 Dec 2009In December 2009, the members of SACU announced a change in import duties.
NUMBER OF INTERVENTIONS
South Africa Revenue Service (SARS), No. R. 1187 published in Government Gazette no. 32806 of 18 December 2009: http://www.sars.gov.za/AllDocs/Embargo/Tariffs/LAPD-LSec-CE-TA-2009-84%20-%20Notice%20R1187%20GG%2032806%2018%20December%202009.pdf
International Trade Administration Commission of South Africa (ITAC) Report No. 316 of 26 October 2009: http://www.itac.org.za/upload/document_files/20140928124432_Report-316.pdf
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.
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:
The regular tariff schedule of the affected products is:
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.