ANNOUNCEMENT 29 May 2015In May 2015, the members of SACU announced a change in import duties.
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South Africa Revenue Service (SARS), Government Gazette No. 38834 of 29 may 2015, No. R. 445: http://www.sars.gov.za/AllDocs/Embargo/Tariffs/LAPD-LSec-CE-TA-2015-24%20-%20Notice%20R445%20GG%2038834%2029%20May%202015.pdf
On 29 May 2015, the South African Revenue Service (SARS) increased the import duty on beet and cane sugar to Rand 242.6/kg based on a recommendation by International Trade Administration Commission of South Africa (ITAC). This represents an increase from Rand 2.07kg (USD 0.174/kg) from February 2015 to Rand 2.42kg (USD 0,199/kg) as of May 2015.
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 the Southern African Customs Union (SACU). In case the price dips below the DBRP, a duty is levied.
The tariff lines affected by the duty increase are the following:
1701.12 2: Beet sugar
1701.13 9: Cane sugar
1701.14 5: Other cane sugar
1701.91 2: Containing added flavouring or colouring matter
1701.99 3: Other
On 30 October 2015 the import tariff was increased to to Rand to 304c/kg (approx. USD 0.22kg), see related measure.