Anti-Dumping Duties

Anti-dumping investigations are complex and can significantly impact market access. With extensive experience with ITAC investigations and processes, we help manufacturers or producers prepare and file anti-dumping complaints. If you are an importer or exporter impacted by an anti-dumping investigation, time and expertise are of the essence. We can help.

How anti-dumping cases begin

Dumping occurs when a foreign company exports a specific product into South Africa at a price lower than what the same product is sold in its home market. The level of anti-dumping duties imposed is determined by the extent of dumping.

An anti-dumping case starts with the local manufacturers or producers preparing an application showing:

Evidence that suggests dumping is taking place

Evidence that suggests that injury to domestic producers is taking place

Evidence that suggests a causal link between the alleged dumping and injury

For an anti-dumping duty to be successfully imposed the above key aspects need to be proven.

The investigation Process
Submission and evaluation of application

A team of ITAC investigators evaluates submitted anti-dumping applications to determine if there is a case. Applications are prepared in a specific format and require specific information. The investigation team will check if the application meets ITAC requirements. Applications that do not meet the requirements are sent back to the applicant for correction.

Verification and initiation of investigation

Once the application is accepted as properly documented, the investigation team will verify the information provided against the applicant’s company records.

The purpose of verification is for ITAC to satisfy itself that the provided information is reasonable and reliable. Unverifiable information means the matter will not proceed and the application will be rejected.

Filing of responses by importers and their foreign suppliers or exporters

Assuming verification goes well and an investigation is formally initiated, importers and exporters have roughly 37 days to make submissions to ITAC. The submitted information by importers and exporters is also verified against the company records. It is vital to provide accurately substantiated and verifiable information.

The decision

A preliminary decision is first made. The decision can be to impose preliminary anti-dumping duties while the investigation continues. Preliminary duties will be in place for a maximum of 200 days.

Anti-umping duties are calculated for each exporter whose information was accepted by ITAC. The anti-dumping duty is imposed on the foreign exporter but paid by the importer.

Exporters who did not participate in the investigation will be subject to the countrywide duty or residual duty.

A final decision is taken when ITAC has completed its investigation. The preliminary duties may be converted to final duties. Alternatively, the final duties may be lower or higher than the preliminary duties.

Anti-dumping investigations take 12 months and under exceptional circumstances can go up to 18 months.

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    The International Trade Administration Commission (ITAC) has initiated an anti-dumping investigation on clear float glass originating in or imported from Malaysia. The anti-dumping application was lodged by PFG Building Glass, a division of PG Group (Proprietary). This is the only local manufacturer of the subject product. Scope of the investigation The products under investigation are

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  • The United Sates imposes anti-dumping duties on aluminium sheet from 18 countries

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    March 8, 2021
  • Sunset review investigation on portland cement imported from Pakistan

    On 11 December 2020, the International Trade Administration Commission initiated a sunset review investigation on portland cement imported from Pakistan. Anti-dumping duties are imposed for 5 years and a sunset review investigation is initiated to determine if the anti-dumping duties are still necessary. Each exporter cooperating in the sunset review will have its own anti-dumping

    December 14, 2020
  • Anti-dumping sunset review investigation on garlic initiated

    An anti-dumping sunset review investigation on fresh or chilled garlic imported from China initiated on 23 October 2020. Importers and Chinese exporters have until 22 November to make submissions to ITAC. The South African Garlic Growers Association is the applicant. The association alleges that the expiry of the current anti-dumping duty of R19.25 will impact

    October 26, 2020
  • Anti-dumping investigation initiated on pasta imported from Egypt, Latvia, Lithuania and Turkey

    Bolux Group, Namib Mills, Pioneer Foods, and Tiger Brands applied for anti-dumping duties on pasta imported from Egypt, Latvia, Lithuania, and Turkey. The International Trade Administration Commission (ITAC) initiated has initiated the investigation today, 21 September 2020. The subject product is, classified under tariff subheading 1902.19 and 1902.11. Tariff subheading 1902.11 is included in the

    September 21, 2020
  • Final anti-dumping duties imposed on clear float glass originating in or imported from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates

    Final anti-dumping duties on clear float glass originating in or imported from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have been gazetted. The anti-dumping duties have been implemented from today, 7 February 2020. The impacted products are classified under tariff subheadings; 7005.29.23, 7005.29.25 and 7005.29.35. The anti-dumping duties have been imposed following an anti-dumping investigation initiated by the International

    August 26, 2020
  • Anti-dumping duty circumvention investigation on clear float glass completed

    The anti-dumping duty circumvention investigation on clear float glass resulted in a 27.26% anti-dumping duty on Guardian Egypt – Egyptian Glass Company SAE. ITAC initiated the investigation on 23 August 2019 while the original anti-dumping investigation on clear float glass imported from Saudia Arabia and UAE was still ongoing. The investigations initiated following an application

    August 14, 2020
  • Wheelbarrows anti-dumping sunset review investigation initiated

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    August 7, 2020
  • 2021 Anti-dumping sunset reviews

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