ANNOUNCEMENT 07 Jun 2013In June 2013, the members of SACU announced a change in import duties.
NUMBER OF INTERVENTIONS
South African Revenue Service, Government Gazette No.36515, Notice R.384, 7 June 2013: http://www.sars.gov.za/AllDocs/Embargo/Tariffs/LAPD-LSec-CE-TA-2013-26%20-%20Notice%20R384%20GG%2036515%207%20June%202013.pdf
South African Revenue Service, Government Gazette No.36515, Notice R.385, 7 June 2013: http://www.sars.gov.za/AllDocs/Embargo/Tariffs/LAPD-LSec-CE-TA-2013-27%20-%20Notice%20R385%20GG%2036515%207%20June%202013.pdf
International Trade Administration Commission of South Africa, Report no. 430: http://www.itac.org.za/upload/document_files/20140923014624_Report-no-430.pdf
On June 7, 2013 upon the advice of the International Trade Administration Commission of South Africa (ITAC), the South African Revenue Service (SARS) published the elimination of the tariff on polyether-polyols (HS 3907.20.15). While EU-member countries had enjoyed duty free treatment even prior to the change, a tariff of 3.8% applied on imports EFTA-countries, and a tariff of 10% for imports from all other countries.
The ITAC based its decision on the finding that polyether-polyols are no longer produced in the Southern African Customs Union (SACU) and that the existing customs duty has an unnecessary cost-raising impact on downstream producers.