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

1

  • 0 harmful
  • 0 neutral
  • 1 liberalising

SOURCE

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

Inception date: 31 Aug 2018 | Removal date: open ended
Still in force

Import tariff

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.

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