ANNOUNCEMENT 20 Nov 2015In November 2015, the members of SACU announced a change in import duties.
NUMBER OF INTERVENTIONS
South Africa Revenue Service (SARS), No. R. 1159 published in Government Gazette no. 39434 of 20 November 2015: http://www.sars.gov.za/AllDocs/Embargo/Tariffs/LAPD-LSec-CE-TA-2015-44%20-%20Notice%20R1159%20GG%2039434%2020%20November%202015.pdf
International Trade Administration Commission of South Africa (ITAC) Report No. 494 of 6 May 2015, 'Creation of a rebate provision for certain components, used for the manufacture of electricity meters': http://www.itac.org.za/upload/document_files/20150806101507_Report-no-494.pdf
On 20 November 2015, the South African Revenue Service (SARS) issued Notice no. 1159 exempting the import tariff goods for the manufacture of electricity meters. The Notice has a retrospective effect from 3 July 2015.
The duty reduction was requested by Metering Solutions (Pty) Ltd, a subsidiary of US multinational Itron Inc, to the International Trade Administration Commission (ITAC) of South Africa. The Commission in turn recommended a tariff exemption, as the goods required for the production of electricity meters have to be imported.
In order to control the inflow of the duty free goods, the import is subjected to a permit by the ITAC. Also, the government did not change the tariff schedule, but introduced a rebate provision classified under 318.03/00.00/01.00.
Amongst the goods that are affected, the ITAC suggested relays, rubber keypads, and switches. The regular tariff schedule for such goods varies from 5% to 15%.
Affected trading partners
The GTA retrieves its data on affected trading partners from UN Comtrade. However, for the year 2014, the database was not able to provide the affected trading partners for Namibia, Swaziland, and Lesotho.