ANNOUNCEMENT 11 Mar 2011In March 2011, the members of SACU announced a change in import duties.
NUMBER OF INTERVENTIONS
South Africa Revenue Service (SARS), No. R. 196 published in Government Gazette no. 34051 of 11 March 2011: http://www.sars.gov.za/AllDocs/Embargo/Tariffs/LAPD-LSec-CE-TA-2011-15%20-%20Notice%20R196%20GG%2034051%2011%20March%202011.pdf
International Trade Administration Commission of South Africa (ITAC) Report No. 359 of 24 January 2011, 'Creation of a rebate facility of sodium hydroxide (caustic soda) used in the manufacture of hardwood pulp, liner board and newsprint': http://www.itac.org.za/upload/document_files/20140928123716_Report-359.pdf
On 11 March 2011, the South African Revenue Service (SARS) issued Notice no. 196 exempting the import tariff on sodium hydroxide (caustic soda).
The duty reduction was requested by Mondi Limited and Moni Shanduka Newsprint (Pty) Ltd to the International Trade Administration Commission (ITAC) of South Africa. The Commission in turn recommended a tariff exemption, as caustic soda is not produced in sufficient quantities in the SACU.
In order to control the inflow of the duty free good, the ITAC subjected caustic soda to a permit. Also, the government did not change the tariff schedule, but introduced a rebate provisions classified under 310.01/2815.12/04.06 to 08.06.
The regular tariff schedule is 20% in general as well as for EU and EFTA member states. The Southern African Development Community (SADC) is exempted from a customs duty.
Affected trading partners
The GTA retrieves its data on affected trading partners from UN Comtrade. However, for the year 2010, the database was not able to provide the affected trading partners for Botswana, Swaziland, and Lesotho.