ANNOUNCEMENT 23 Dec 2011In December 2011, the members of SACU announced a change in import duties.
NUMBER OF INTERVENTIONS
South Africa Revenue Service (SARS), No. R. 1066 published in Government Gazette no. 34859 of 23 December 2011: http://www.sars.gov.za/AllDocs/Embargo/Tariffs/LAPD-LSec-CE-TA-2011-71%20-%20Notice%20R1066%20GG%2034859%2023%20December%202011.pdf
International Trade Administration Commission of South Africa (ITAC) Report No. 385 of 15 November 2011, 'Reduction in duty on pistons for diesel engines': http://www.itac.org.za/upload/document_files/20140928111054_Report-385.pdf
On 23 December 2011, the government of South Africa removed the import duty on certain pistons.
The good carries the subheading 8409.99.30 and the following description:
Prior to the change, the import tariff was 20 percent for all countriesin general and 15 percent for pistons originating from the EU. Memberstates of EFTA and SADC were already exempted from the duty.
The duty exemption is based on a request by Masterparts (Pty) Ltd to the International Trade Administration Commission of South Africa (ITAC). The Commission in turn recommended the exemption since pistons for diesel enginges are no longer produced in the SACU.
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.