ANNOUNCEMENT 06 Nov 2009In November 2009, the members of SACU announced a change in import duties.
NUMBER OF INTERVENTIONS
South Africa Revenue Service (SARS), No. R. 1048 published in Government Gazette no. 32606 of 6 November 2009: http://www.sars.gov.za/AllDocs/Embargo/Tariffs/LAPD-LSec-CE-TA-2009-66%20-%20Notice%20R1048%20GG%2032606%206%20November%202009.pdf
International Trade Administration Commission of South Africa (ITAC) Report No. 309 of 1 October 2009: http://www.itac.org.za/upload/document_files/20140929100028_Report-309.pdf
The rate of duty on shovels and spades with a maximum blade width of 150mm but not more than 200mm have been increased from free of duty to 20% ad valorem. Lasher Tools (Pty) applied for the tariff increase stating that these shovels and spades were imported free of duty even though they competed with larger domestically manufactured shovels and spades with attracted a duty of 20%.
The applicant manufactures blades with a width between 150mm and 200mm on a smaller scale compared with its core range of production of blades between 200mm and 320mm. The smaller shovels and spades are however substitutes for the larger ones and the existing tariff dispensation eroded the tariff protection afforded the domestic manufacturers.
Affected trading partners
The GTA retrieves its data on affected trading partners from UN Comtrade. However, for the year 2008, the database was not able to provide the affected trading partners for Botswana, Swaziland, and Lesotho.