ANNOUNCEMENT 31 Aug 2018
The South African Revenue Service (SARS) eliminated the import tariff on digital "smart cards" except proximity cards or tags.
NUMBER OF INTERVENTIONS
South Africa Revenue Service (SARS), Government Gazette No. 41871 No. R. 916 of 31 August 2018. Available at: http://www.sars.gov.za/AllDocs/Embargo/Tariffs/LAPD-LSec-CE-TA-2018-60-%20Notice%20R916%20GG%2041871%20Schedule%204%20Part%202%20%20-%2031%20August%202018.pdf
International Trade Administration Commission of South Africa (ITAC) Report No. 581 of 27 June 2018. Available at: http://www.itac.org.za/upload/document_files/20180903114244_Report-no-581.pdf
On 31 August 2018, the SARS adopted Notice R. 916 establishing a temporary full rebate on digital "smart cards" classified under tariff subheading 8523.52.10. Previously to this decision, the general import duty was 5%. Proximity cards and tags are excluded from this import tariff reduction.
This measure was the result of an investigation carried out by the International Trade Administration Commission who after confirming that there was no local production of these goods recommended on its Report No. 581 the elimination of the import tariff.
The new changes do not affect the EU, EFTA and SADC countries as they already enjoyed a full rebate.