In July 2013, the members of SACU announced a change in import duties.



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South Africa Revenue Service (SARS), Government Gazette No.36638, No. R.476, 12 July 2013:

International Trade Administration Commission of South Africa (ITAC) Report No. 434, 10 June 2013:

Customs and Excise Act of 1964, schedule 1 / part 1 as of 10 April 2015:

Inception date: 12 Jul 2013 | Removal date: open ended
Still in force

Import tariff

On 12 July 2013, upon the advice of the International Trade Administration Commission of South Africa (ITAC), the South African Revenue Service (SARS) introduced a rebate of duty for woven fabrics of cotton (HS 5208.4) for the manufacture of boxer-shorts.
The customs duty was reduced to free of duty from originally 10 per cent ad valorem for goods originating from the EU and EFTA, and 22 per cent ad valorem for all other countries.
The ITAC based its decision, amongst others, on the fact that the fabric used for the manufacturing of boxer shorts is not produced in the Southern African Customs Union (SACU).
Affected trading partners
The GTA retrieves its data on affected trading partners from UN Comtrade. However, for the year 2012, the database was not able to provide the affected trading partners for Botswana, Swaziland, and Lesotho.