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



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South Africa Revenue Service (SARS), No. R. 441 published in Government Gazette no. 33211 of 28 May 2010:

International Trade Administration Commission of South Africa (ITAC) Report No. 326 of 10 March 2010, 'Creation of a rebate facility for certain plug inserts and sockets for the manufacture of insulated electric cables':

Inception date: 28 May 2010 | Removal date: open ended

Import tariff

On 28 May 2010, the South African Revenue Service (SARS) issued Notice no. 441 exempting the import tariff on plug inserts and sockets.
The duty reduction was requested by Apex Power Cord Set Technologies to the International Trade Administration Commission of South Africa (ITAC). The ITAC in turn recommended a tariff exemption, as international type plug inserts and sockets are not produced in the SACU.
Rebate provision
The government did not change the tariff schedule, but introduced a rebate facility of full duty classified under 316.11/8536.69 /01.06 with the following description:

  • Plug inserts without casings and socket inserts without outer casings, for use in the manufacture of insulated electric cables fitted with a plug moulded to the one side and a socket moulded to the other side, for a voltage not exceeding 250 V, classifiable in tariff subheading 8544.42

The regular tariff schedule for sockets and plug inserts varies between 15% and 5%, except for the Southern African Development Community (SADC) which is exempted from the duty.
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.