ANNOUNCEMENT 03 Oct 2014In October 2014, the members of SACU announced a change in import duties.
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SARS Notice R.771, Government Gazette No.38052, 3 October 2014: http://www.sars.gov.za/AllDocs/Embargo/Tariffs/LAPD-LSec-CE-TA-2014-42%20-%20Notice%20R771%20GG%2038052%203%20October%202014.pdf
On 3 October 2014, upon the advice of the International Trade Administration Commission of South Africa (ITAC), the South African Revenue Service (SARS) issued Notice R. 771, increasing the import tariffs on certain types of mussels (under tariff headings 1605.53.20 and 1605.53.90) from 5.5c/kg (approx. US˘ 0.5/kg) to 25% ad valorem. Imports from EFTA and SADC member states remain exempt from the duty, whereas those from EU member states remain subject to the import duty of 5.5c/kg.
In the year prior to the change, the average import price reported by the affected trading partners exceeded USD 4/kg. The new ad valorem tariff thus exceeds the prior duty and the measure is thus coded as discriminatory.
The measure took effect on 3 October 2014 and applies to the Southern African Customs Union (SACU).