ANNOUNCEMENT 24 Mar 2016

In March 2016, the members of SACU initiated a new safeguard investigation. In August 2017, a definitive safeguard duty was imposed. In July 2020, a sunset review was initiated. 

NUMBER OF INTERVENTIONS

1

  • 1 harmful
  • 0 neutral
  • 0 liberalising

SOURCE



South Africa, Government Gazette of 24 March 2016 No. 39860, Department of Trade and Industry, Notice No. 149 of 2016, International Trade Administration: http://www.gov.za/sites/www.gov.za/files/39860_gen149.pdf

South Africa, International Trade Administration Commission of South Africa, Report No. 533 of 22 July 2016: http://www.itac.org.za/upload/document_files/20160728031104_Investigation-into-remedial-actionin-the-form-of-a-safeguard-against-the-increased-inputs-of-flat-hot-rolled-steel-products-Preliminary-determination-report.pdf


South African Revenue Service, published in the Government Gazette No. 41038 of 11 August 2017, Notice R. 831: http://www.sars.gov.za/AllDocs/Embargo/Tariffs/LAPD-LSec-CE-TA-2017-30%20-%20Notice%20R831%20GG41038%20Sch%202%20Part%203%20(2%203%204)%20(up%20to%20and%20including%2010%20August%202018).pdf
South African Revenue Service, published in the Government Gazette No. 41038 of 11 August 2017, Notice R. 829: http://www.sars.gov.za/AllDocs/Embargo/Tariffs/LAPD-LSec-CE-TA-2017-28%20-%20Notice%20R829%20GG41038%20Sch%202%20Part%203%20(2%203%205)%20(11%20August%202018%20-%2010%20August%202019).pdf
South African Revenue Service, published in the Government Gazette No. 41038 of 11 August 2017, Notice R. 830: http://www.sars.gov.za/AllDocs/Embargo/Tariffs/LAPD-LSec-CE-TA-2017-29%20-%20Notice%20R830%20GG41038%20Sch%202%20Part%203%20(2%203%206)%20(11%20August%202019%20-%2010%20August%202020).pdf
South Africa Revenue Service (SARS), Government Gazette No. 41633, No. R. 506 of 18 May 2018: http://www.sars.gov.za/AllDocs/Embargo/Tariffs/LAPD-LSec-CE-TA-2018-23%20-%20Notice%20R506%20GG%2041633%2018%20May%202018.pdf
South Africa Revenue Service (SARS), Government Gazette No. 41633, No. R. 507 of 18 May 2018: http://www.sars.gov.za/AllDocs/Embargo/Tariffs/LAPD-LSec-CE-TA-2018-24%20-%20Notice%20R507%20GG%2041633%2018%20May%202018.pdf
South Africa Revenue Service (SARS), Government Gazette No. 41633, No. R. 508 of 18 May 2018: http://www.sars.gov.za/AllDocs/Embargo/Tariffs/LAPD-LSec-CE-TA-2018-25%20-%20Notice%20R508%20GG%2041633%2018%20May%202018.pdf
International Trade Administration Commission of South Africa (ITAC) Report No. 575, 19 March 2018: http://www.itac.org.za/upload/document_files/20180522102055_Report-575.pdf
South Africa Revenue Service (SARS), Government Gazette No. 41739, No. R. 650 of 29 June 2018: http://www.sars.gov.za/AllDocs/Embargo/Tariffs/LAPD-LSec-CE-TA-2018-37%20-%20Notice%20R650%20GG%2041739%20Sch%202%20P%203%2029%20June%202018.pdf
South Africa Revenue Service (SARS), Government Gazette No. 41739, No. R. 651 of 29 June 2018: http://www.sars.gov.za/AllDocs/Embargo/Tariffs/LAPD-LSec-CE-TA-2018-38%20-%20Notice%20R651%20GG%2041739%20Sch%202%20P%203%2029%20June%202018.pdf
South Africa Revenue Service (SARS), Government Gazette No. 41739, No. R. 652 of 29 June 2018: http://www.sars.gov.za/AllDocs/Embargo/Tariffs/LAPD-LSec-CE-TA-2018-39%20-%20Notice%20R652%20GG%2041739%20Sch%202%20P%203%2029%20June%202018.pdf
International Trade Administration Commission of South Africa (ITAC) Report No. 576, 18 April 2018: http://www.itac.org.za/upload/document_files/20180629092424_Report-576.pdf
South Africa Revenue Service (SARS), Government Gazette No. 41828, No. R. 819 of 10 August 2018: http://www.sars.gov.za/AllDocs/Embargo/Tariffs/LAPD-LSec-CE-TA-2018-50%20-%20Notice%20R819%20GG41828%20Report%20583%20Sch%202%20P%203%2012pc%20-%2010%20August%202018.pdf
South Africa Revenue Service (SARS), Government Gazette No. 41828, No. R. 820 of 10 August 2018: http://www.sars.gov.za/AllDocs/Embargo/Tariffs/LAPD-LSec-CE-TA-2018-49%20-%20Notice%20R820%20GG41828%20Report%20583%20Sch%202%20P%203%2010pc%20-%2010%20August%202018.pdf
South Africa Revenue Service (SARS), Government Gazette No. 41828, No. R. 821 of 10 August 2018: http://www.sars.gov.za/AllDocs/Embargo/Tariffs/LAPD-LSec-CE-TA-2018-48%20-%20Notice%20R821%20GG41828%20Report%20583%20Sch%202%20P%203%208pc%20-%2010%20August%202018.pdf
International Trade Administration Commission of South Africa (ITAC) Report No. 583, 13 August 2018: http://www.itac.org.za/upload/document_files/20180813104152_Report-no-583.pdf
South Africa Revenue Service (SARS), Government Gazette No. 41871, No. R. 914 of 31 August 2018: http://www.sars.gov.za/AllDocs/Embargo/Tariffs/LAPD-LSec-CE-TA-2018-62-%20Notice%20R914%20GG%2041871%20Schedule%202%20Part%203%20%20-%2031%20August%202018.pdf
South Africa Revenue Service (SARS), Government Gazette No. 41871, No. R. 913 of 31 August 2018: http://www.sars.gov.za/AllDocs/Embargo/Tariffs/LAPD-LSec-CE-TA-2018-61-%20Notice%20R913%20GG%2041871%20Schedule%202%20Part%203%20%20-%2031%20August%202018.pdf
International Trade Administration Commission of South Africa (ITAC) Report No. 585, 11 July 2018: http://www.itac.org.za/upload/document_files/20180903114733_Report-no-585.pdf
South Africa Revenue Service (SARS), Government Gazette No. 42036, No. R. 1231 of 16 November 2018: http://www.sars.gov.za/AllDocs/Embargo/Tariffs/LAPD-LSec-CE-TA-2018-75-%20Notice%20R1231%20GG%2042036%20Schedule%202%20Part%203%20-%2010%20August%202019.pdf
South Africa Revenue Service (SARS), Government Gazette No. 42036, No. R. 1232 of 16 November 2018: http://www.sars.gov.za/AllDocs/Embargo/Tariffs/LAPD-LSec-CE-TA-2018-76-%20Notice%20R1232%20GG%2042036%20Schedule%202%20Part%203%20-%2010%20August%202020.pdf
International Trade Administration Commission of South Africa (ITAC) Report No. 590, 21 August 2018: http://www.itac.org.za/upload/document_files/20181116094007_Report-590.pdf
South African Revenue Service, published in the Government Gazette No. 42475 of 24 May 2019, Notice R. 749: https://www.sars.gov.za/AllDocs/Embargo/Tariffs/LAPD-LSec-CE-TA-2019-23%20-%20R749%20GG42475%20Sch%202%20P3%20Notice%202020.pdf
South African Revenue Service, published in the Government Gazette No. 42475 of 24 May 2019, Notice R. 750: https://www.sars.gov.za/AllDocs/Embargo/Tariffs/LAPD-LSec-CE-TA-2019-22%20-%20R750%20GG42475%20Sch%202%20P3%20Notice%202019.pdf
The International Trade Administration Commission of South Africa, Notice No. 392 of 2020, Published in the Government Gazette No. 43542 of 24 July 2020: https://www.gov.za/sites/default/files/gcis_document/202007/43542gen392.pdf
South African Revenue Service, published in the Government Gazette No. 43597 of 7 August 2020, Notice R. 866: https://www.sars.gov.za/AllDocs/Embargo/Tariffs/LSec-CE-TA-2020-45%20-%20Notice%20R866%20GG43597%20Schedule%202P3%207%20August%202020.pdf

Inception date: 11 Aug 2017 | Removal date: open ended

Safeguard

On 24 March 2016, the South African authorities announced the initiation of a safeguard investigation on imports of certain flat-rolled products of iron, non-alloy steel or other alloy steel (excluding stainless steel) and not further worked than hot-rolled flat, not clad, plated or coated as well as excluding grain-oriented silicon electrical steel. The products subject to investigation are classified under the following HS code: 7208.10, 7208.25, 7208.26, 7208.27, 7208.36, 7208.37, 7208.38, 7208.39, 7208.40, 7208.51, 7208.52, 7208.53, 7208.54, 7208.90, 7211.14, 7211.19, 7225.30, 7225.40, 7225.99, 7226.91 and 7226.99. The request for an investigation was lodged by the South African Iron & Steel Institute on behalf of its members producing the subject products.

On 22 July, the International Trade Administration Commission (ITAC) of South Africa issued its preliminary findings and recommended not to impose a provisional safeguard measure on imports of above product.

On 11 August 2017, the South African Revenue Service imposed a definitive safeguard duty on imports of the subject good. The rate of duty between 11 August 2017 and 10 August 2018 is 12%. The rate of duty between 11 August 2018 and 10 August 2019 is 10%. The rate of duty between 11 August 2019 and 10 August 2020 is 8%. A number of countries are exempt from duties. 

In May 2018, a rebate was introduced for the purpose to exclude certain goods being subject to safeguard duties. A number of further rebates were introduced on various other goods the months following. 

On 24 May 2019, the South African Revenue Service amended the regulation imposing definitive duties as so far as it relates to Chinese Taipei. The safeguard duty is extended to Chinese Taipei. Notably, the country was exempted from safeguards duties prior to this date.

On 24 July 2020, the South African authorities initiated a sunset review of the safeguard investigation of the safeguard duty imposed on imports of certain flat-rolled products of iron, non-alloy steel or other alloy steel (excluding stainless steel) and not further worked than hot-rolled flat, not clad, plated or coated as well as excluding grain-oriented silicon electrical steel. The review follows the application lodged by  South African Iron & Steel Institute (SAISI). SAISI submitted the application on behalf of ArcelorMittal South Africa Limited (AMSA).

On 7 August 2020, the South African authorities extended the definitive duty until 10 August 2021 at a duty level of 8% following the initiation of a sunset review. 

AFFECTED SECTORS