In June 2009, the members of SACU announced a change in import duties.



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The draft of the Department of Trade and Industries's rescue package for the clothing and textile industry can be downloaded here:

South Africa Revenue Service (SARS), No. R. 1146 published in Government Gazette no. 32785 of 4 December 2009:

International Trade Administration Commission of South Africa (ITAC) Report No. 313 of 4 September 2009:

Inception date: 04 Dec 2009 | Removal date: open ended

Import tariff

The International Trade Administration Commission on 26 June 2009 gazetted an application, lodged by the South African Clothing and Textile Workers' Union (Sactwu), to have tariffs on 127 lines of garments raised to the applied rate of 40% to 45%, the latter being the rate at which South Africa agreed to bind duties in the WTO. The garments in question include underwear, shirts, trousers, jackets, blazers, overcoats and raincoats. Respondents have four weeks from the 26 June 2009 to make any objections known.
Ultimately, the rate of duty on 121 clothing items under chapters 61 and 62 was increased from 40% to the WTO bound rate of 45% ad valorem and an increase from 20% to 45% on three (hoistery) lines. The items include jackets and blazers, bibs, trousers, dresses, mens or boys shirts (knitted or crocheted).
This measure was in addition to those removing import duties on a range of intermediate inputs not domestically manufactured such as metalised yarn, lace, certain forms of artificial filament yarn and the introduction of rebate provisions allowing duty-free access to certain intermediate inputs. 
Affected trading partners
The GTA retrieves its data on affected trading partners from UN Comtrade. However, for the year 2008, the database was not able to provide the affected trading partners for Botswana, Swaziland, and Lesotho.