Duty Calls


Safeguard duty on hot-rolled steel – 2018

On 29 June the South African Revenue Service (Sars) announced the substitution of safeguard items 260.03/72.08/01.04 and 260.03/7225.40/01.06 to exclude the rebate items 460.15/7208.5/01.05 to 460.15/7208.5/07.05 and 460.15/7225.40/01.06 to 460.15/7225.40/09.06 to the Customs and Excise Act, 1964. As a consequence, certain hot-rolled steel is excluded from the safeguard duty. The substitution is for the period 29 June up to and including 10 August 2018. The reasoning for the substitution is detailed in the International Trade Administration Commission of South Africa (Itac) report no 576.

Safeguard duty on hot-rolled steel – 2019

Sars on 29 June announced the substitution of safeguard items 260.03/72.08/01.04 and 260.03/7225.40/01.06 to exclude rebate items 460.15/7208.5/01.05 to 460.15/7208.5/07.05 and 460.15/7225.40/01.06 to 460.15/7225.40/09.06 to the Act, 1964. As a consequence, certain hot-rolled steel is excluded from the safeguard duty. The substitution is for the period 11 August 2018 up to and including 10 August 2019. The reasoning for the substitution is detailed in the Itac report no 576.

Safeguard duty on hot-rolled steel – 2020

On 29 June Sars announced the substitution of safeguard item 260.03/72.08/01.04 and 260.03/7225.40/01.06 to exclude rebate items 460.15/7208.5/01.05 to 460.15/7208.5/07.05 and 460.15/7225.40/01.06 to 460.15/7225.40/09.06 to the Act, 1964. As a consequence, certain hot-rolled steel is excluded from the safeguard duty. The substitution is for the period 11 August 2019 up to and including 10 August 2020. The reasoning for the substitution is detailed in the Itac report no 576.

Rebate Items for hot-rolled steel

Sars on 29 June announced the insertion of various rebate items applicable to tariff heading 72.08 and tariff subheading 7225.40 respectively, in order to create a rebate facility on certain hot-rolled steel. The reasoning for the insertion is detailed in the Itac report no 576.

Sugary Beverages Levy

On 29 June Sars announced the substitution of the forms to the Act, 1964 (DAR 176). Form DA 179 “Health Promotion Levy Return for Sugary Beverages”, and Form DA 179.01 “Schedule of Health Promotion Levy Items in respect of manufactured products removed from the licensed premises”.

National Commercial Ports Policy and Act

The Department of Transport, in terms of the National Ports Act, on 29 June published an invitation for proposals for its review of the 2002 National Commercial Ports Policy and Act. Proposals, which are due by 31 August, must contain the following information (i) Section or area to be reviewed; (ii) The actual review text; (iii) Motivation for the proposed review; and (d) Desired Impact of the proposed review.

Trade and Investment Promotion Programme

The African Export-Import Bank and the Export Credit Insurance Corporation of South Africa have joined forces to launch the South Africa-Africa Trade and Investment Promotion Programme (SATIPP). SATIPP aims to promote and expand trade and investment between South Africa and other African countries.