ANNOUNCEMENT 25 Sep 2015In September 2015, the members of SACU announced a change in import duties.
NUMBER OF INTERVENTIONS
South Africa Revenue Service (SARS), Government Gazette no. 39235 of 25 September 2015, No. R. 894: http://www.sars.gov.za/AllDocs/Embargo/Tariffs/LAPD-LSec-CE-TA-2015-38%20-%20Notice%20R894%20GG%2039235%2025%20September%202015.pdf
International Trade Administration Commission of South Africa (ITAC) Report No. 505 of 24 August 2015: http://www.itac.org.za/upload/document_files/20150929111247_SKM_754e15092806360.pdf
On 25 September 2015, the South African Revenue Service (SARS) increased the customs duty on steel products classified under the tariff headings: 7210.41, 7210.49, 7210.61, 7210.70, 7210.90, 7212.30, 7212.40 and 7225.99. The tariff was increased from 0% to 10% ad valorem. Goods which have their origins in the EU, EFTA and Southern African Development Community are exempted from the tariff levy.
The decision by SARS was based on a recommendation by the International Trade Administration Commission of South Africa (ITAC) who's in charge of evaluating tariff changes. The complaint came from the South African Coil Coaters Association (SACCA) representing ArcelorMittal South Africa Limited and Safal Steel, both of them requesting a 10% ad valorem tariff on steel products. The ITAC argued in favor of SACCA and stated that the tariff increase will help the domestic industry producing zinc-coated/galvanized steel, alu-zinc steel, and colour-coated steel to achieve economies of scale.