Duty Increase

With an established track record with duty increase applications, we help local manufacturers and producers to get Customs duty protection.

A Customs duty helps local manufacturers and producers that are under pressure from imported products to compete in the market. Duty increase applications have increased over the years. Click here to see ongoing duty increase investigations.

Customs duties are only increased if the applied duty rate is lower than the bound rate. The bound rate is the maximum duty increase permissible without violating World Trade Organisation (WTO) commitments.

Duty increase process

The International Trade Administration Commission (ITAC), receives and investigates duty increase applications. Specific regulations prescribe the manner in which ITAC conducts investigations.

Application and verification

A well prepared, motivated, and complete application is the most important part of the process. The key information included in the application is financial, labour, and market information. ITAC conducts a verification exercise to check the accuracy of the information provided in the application against the company records.

Comments and oral hearings

Thereafter, ITAC will send out a non-confidential version of the application to interested parties soliciting preliminary comments. When this phase is complete, a decision to initiate an investigation is taken and the investigation is published in the Government Gazette. Interested parties can submit comments regarding the requested duty increase. In addition, all interested parties have an opportunity to apply for an oral hearing to present arguments verbally.

Final decision

ITAC makes a recommendation to the Minister of Trade, Industry, and Competition (DTIC) after considering all facts and information at its disposal. The duty increase process takes 6 – 12 months, however, the period can be significantly shorter if the industry is declared an industry in distress.

Is your locally manufactured product under pressure from competing imported products? With significant expertise in this area, let our expert consultants help you with a duty increase application and guide you throughout the process.

  • Duty increase investigation on sulphates, alums, peroxosulphates of copper

    The International Trade Administration Commission (ITAC) initiated a duty increase investigation on sulphates, alums, peroxosulphates of copper. The products under investigation fall under tariff subheading 2833.25 and are currently duty-free. The applicant, Kimleigh Chemicals SA (Pty) Ltd is requesting a 10% duty. Motivating for the duty increase, the applicant indicated that local producers do not

    July 23, 2021
  • Wheat and wheaten flour import duties increase

    The import duties on wheat and wheaten flour have increased today (14 May 2020) from free of duty to 19,17c/kg and 28,76c/kg respectively, in terms of the existing variable tariff formula. The duty had been on a downward trend since the beginning of the year until the duty was eliminated on 10 March. What causes

    May 14, 2021
  • Creation of temporary rebate provision of customs duties and safeguard duties on flat steel products

    On 16 March, the International Trade Administration Commission (ITAC) initiated a rebate investigation on safeguard duties and ordinary Customs duties covering various flat-rolled products. The investigation has initiated following a policy directive from the Trade, Industry, and Competition Minister to investigate the possibility of creating the rebate. A rebate provides an exemption of duty payment. In

    March 17, 2021
  • Wheat import duty drops to zero

    Import duties on wheat and wheaten flour dropped to zero with effect from 10 March 2021. The downward trend has continued since November 2020. On 12 February 2021, the duty dropped considerably from 54.42c per kg to 10.27c per kg and flour from 81.63c per kg to 15.41c per kg. It remains to be seen

    March 12, 2021