In May 2010, the members of SACU announced a change in import duties.



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South Africa Revenue Service (SARS), No. R. 381 published in Government Gazette no. 33171 of 14 May 2010:

International Trade Administration Commission of South Africa (ITAC) Report No. 323 of 10 March 2010, 'Rebate of the duty on polyethylene glycol used in the manufacture of paintballs':

Inception date: 14 May 2010 | Removal date: open ended

Import tariff

On 14 May 2010, the South African Revenue Service (SARS) issued Notice no. 381 exempting the import tariff on polyethylene clycol used in the production of paintballs.
The duty reduction was requested by Bulls' Eye Paintballs CC (Pty) Ltd. to the International Trade Administration Commission of South Africa (ITAC). The ITAC in turn recommended a tariff exemption, as the raw material imported (polyethylene clycol) is not produced in in the SACU.
Rebate provision
The government did not change the tariff schedule, but introduced a rebate provision classified under 319.01/3907.20/01.06 with the following description:

  • The effect of this amendment is that a new rebate provision is created for polyether-polyols, containing 2 or more hydroxyl groups, liquids or pastes, with a hydroxyl number exceeding 100 mg KOH/g but not exceeding 800 mg KOH/g, classifiable under subheading 3907.20.15, used in the manufacture of paintballs classifiable under subheading 9306.90. The regular tariff schedule is 10% in general, 3.8% for EU member states, 7.5% for EFTA member states, and free of duty for members of the Southern African Development Community (SADC).

Affected trading partners
The GTA retrieves its data on affected trading partners from UN Comtrade. However, for the year 2009, the database was not able to provide the affected trading partners for Botswana, Swaziland, and Lesotho.