ANNOUNCEMENT 14 Aug 2011In August 2011, the members of SACU announced a change in import duties.
NUMBER OF INTERVENTIONS
South Africa Revenue Service (SARS), No. R. 844 published in Government Gazette no. 34671 of 14 October 2011: http://www.sars.gov.za/AllDocs/Embargo/Tariffs/LAPD-LSec-CE-TA-2011-42%20-%20Notice%20R844%20GG%2034671%2014%20October%20201.pdf
International Trade Administration Commission of South Africa (ITAC) Report No. 376 of 27 July 2011, 'Increase in the rate of customs duty on artificial turf': http://www.itac.org.za/upload/document_files/20140928105057_Report-No-376.PDF
On 14 August 2011, the South African Revenue Service (SARS) increased the customs duty on artificial turf from free of duty to the WTO-bound rate of 10% ad valorem. The good carries the subheading 9506.99.20. Member states of the EU, EFTA, and SADC are exempted from the tariff increase.
The increase was requested by Belgotex Floorcoverings (Pty) Ltd to the International Trade Administration Commission (ITAC) of South Africa.
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, Swaziland, and Lesotho.