In June 2015, the members of SACU announced a change in import duties.



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South Africa Revenue Service (SARS), Government Gazette No. 38891 of 19 June 2015, No. R. 533:

Inception date: 19 Jun 2015 | Removal date: 18 Aug 2015

Import tariff

On 19 June 2015, the South African Revenue Service (SARS) increased the customs duty on:

  • wheat 46.1c/kg (USD 0.038) to 80.01c/kg (USD 0.065), and on
  • wheaten flour from 69.2c/kg (USD 0.057) to 120.02c/kg (USD 0.098).

The Southern African Development Community (SADC) is exempted from the duty.
The decision to increase the duty was based on a recommendation by International Trade Administration Commission of South Africa (ITAC) to the SARS. ITAC 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 to import into 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:

  • 1001.91 3: Seed 80.01c/kg
  • 1001.99 0: Other kg 80.01c/kg
  • 1101.00.10 1: Brown wheaten meal produced by the milling of whole grains (the bran, germ and endosperm) (excluding separated wheat bran, separated wheat germ or separated wheat semolina or endosperm) 120.02c/kg
  • 1101.00.90 5: Other 120.02c/kg

On 21 August 2015, SARS decreased the duty on wheat and wheaten flour. For this, please consult measure no. 10084 under Related Measures.