ANNOUNCEMENT 18 Oct 2019

The South African Revenue Service (SARS) has increased the import tariff on beet and cane sugar.

NUMBER OF INTERVENTIONS

1

  • 1 harmful
  • 0 neutral
  • 0 liberalising

SOURCE

South Africa Revenue Service (SARS), Government Gazette No. 42773 No. R.1346 of 18 October 2019. Available at: https://www.sars.gov.za/AllDocs/Embargo/Tariffs/LAPD-LSec-CE-TA-2019-37%20-%20R1346%20GG427773%20Sch%201P1%20Sugar.pdf

South Africa Revenue Service (SARS), Government Gazette No. 42232 No. R.176 of 15 February 2019. Available at: http://www.sars.gov.za/AllDocs/Embargo/Tariffs/LAPD-LSec-CE-TA-2019-01%20-%20R176%20GG42232%20Sugar.pdf

Inception date: 18 Oct 2019 | Removal date: 01 Mar 2020

Import tariff

On 18 October 2019, the South African Revenue Service (SARS) has adopted Notice 1346 increasing the import tariff on beet and cane sugar from ZAR 401.79 c/kg (over USD 0.27 per kilogramme at the time of the announcement) to ZAR 476.61 c/kg (over 0.32 per kilogramme).

Beet and cane sugar goods fall under the following HS code subheadings: 1701.12, 1701.13, 1701.14, 1701.91 and 1701.99.

The SARS uses a variable tariff formula in order to adjust the import duty to a dollar-based reference price (DBRP). The DBRP represents the lowest duty-free price an importer pays in order to import goods to the Southern African Customs Union (SACU). In case the price falls below the DBRP, a duty is levied.

 
Update
On 2 March 2020, the South African Revenue Service (SARS) has adopted Notice 238 decreasing the import tariff on beet and cane sugar (please, see related state acts).

AFFECTED SECTORS