Customs Updated:
31 Jul 2017

Tariff Book (S1 P1)
Crystalline Silicon Photovoltaic Proposed Tariff Increase - Comment due

On 29 March Itac published an application for the increase in the “general” rate of customs duty on crystalline silicon photovoltaic modules or panels, classifiable in tariff subheading 8541.40.10, by creating an 8-digit tariff subheading, from free of duty to 10% ad valorem.

 

The application was lodged by Amisec (Pty) Ltd trading as ARTsolar, who reasoned that:

·    Currently no protection exists for photovoltaic module manufacturers in the Southern African Customs Union (Sacu);

·    To retain the remaining local production capacity and jobs to enable the local industry to significantly grow as there are a number of foreign companies looking at interesting PV plants abroad since China’s PV industry exceeded demand in the first quarter of 2016;

·    A number of photovoltaic module/panel manufacturers had ceased their production operations in the Sacu region due to high competition from low-priced imports; and

·    Unlike the United States of America (USA) and Europe, South Africa does not have anti-dumping duties to help protect local manufacturers.

Comment is due by 12 April 2019.

Story by: Riaan de Lange