Duty increase investigation on various cans

The International Trade Administration Commission (ITAC) has initiated a duty increase investigation on various types of cans. The investigation initiated following an application by Rheem SA and SA Steelpack, local manufacturers of the subject products.

Products covered

Cans, of a capacity of 0.125 litres but not exceeding 8 litres, which are to be closed by soldering or crimping, classifiable in tariff subheading 7310.21.

Other cans, of capacity of 0.125 litres or more but not exceeding 8 litres, classifiable in tariff subheading 7310.29.

Cans, of a capacity exceeding 8 litres but not exceeding 25 litres which are to be closed by soldering or crimping, classifiable in tariff subheading 7310.21

Other cans, of a capacity exceeding 8 litres but not exceeding 25 litres, classifiable in tariff subheading 7310.29,

Aerosol cans, of a capacity of 0.075 litres or more but not exceeding 0.5 litres, classifiable under subheading 7310.29.

Reasons for the requested duty increase

The applicants indicated that local manufacturers of tinplate cans, pails, and aerosol cans have lost market share because of low priced imports from China.

Importantly, imports of the subject products are currently duty-free giving imported products a pricing advantage. In addition, the applicants cited the negative impact of the imports on local production, plant utilisation, profitability and job losses.

Interested parties have 4 weeks to make submissions to ITAC.

Are you impacted by the investigation or considering a duty increase on your products? Contact us on infor@tradesolutions.co.za