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. 194 published in Government Gazette no. 34051 of 11 March 2011: http://www.sars.gov.za/AllDocs/Embargo/Tariffs/LAPD-LSec-CE-TA-2011-13%20-%20Notice%20R194%20GG%2034051%201%20March%202011.pdf
International Trade Administration Commission (ITAC) of South Africa, Report no. 356 of 14 December 2010, 'Increase in the customs duty on towers and lattice masts for telegraph lines or electric power lines': http://www.itac.org.za/upload/document_files/20140928123417_Report-356.pdf
On 11 March 2011, the South African Revenue Service increased the customs duty on towers and lattice masts for telegraph or electric power lines. The duty was increased from zero to 15 percent ad valorem. The affected goods are classified under subheading 7308.20.10. Member states of the EU, EFTA, and SADC remain exempted from the import duty.
The increase was requested by the South African Institute of Steel Construction (SAISC) to the International Trade Administration Commission (ITAC) of South Africa. The Commission in turn recommended an increase in order to enable the domestic industry meet foreign competition and improve economies of scale.
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.