In March 2011, the members of SACU announced a change in import duties.



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South Africa Revenue Service (SARS), No. R. 195 published in Government Gazette no. 34051 of 11 March 2011:

South Africa Revenue Service (SARS), No. R. 197 published in Government Gazette no. 34051 of 11 March 2011:

International Trade Administration Commission (ITAC) of South Africa, Report no. 357 of 15 December 2010, 'Increase in the rate of duty on aluminium extrusions':

Inception date: 11 Mar 2011 | Removal date: open ended

Import tariff

On 11 March 2011, Notice no. 195increased the customs duty on bars, profiles and rods of aluminium from free of duty to 5% ad valorem. The customs duty is being reinstated, as it was decreased from 5% to free of duty on 24 July 2009.
The duty applies to the following subheadings:

  • 7604.10.35
  • 7604.10.65
  • 7604.21.15
  • 7604.29.15
  • 7604.29.65

Member states of the EU, EFTA and the Southern African Development Community continue to be exempted from an import tariff on the abovementioned items.
Rebate provision
Certain types of aluminium products under HS 7604 remain free of duty. In order to assure this, the rebate provision 316.01/7604/01.04 was reinstated with Notice no. 197:

  • Hollow profiles of aluminium, of a cross-sectional dimension not exceeding 370 mm, for the manufacture of condensers and evaporators for motor vehicle air conditioning equipment, in such quantities as the International Trade Administration Commission may allow by specific permit after the Commission has been satisfied that the quality of such hollow profiles of aluminium, manufactured in SACU is not acceptable to the motor industry

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, Lesotho, and Swaziland.