Whether you are a domestic manufacturer in need of protection, or an importer, exporter we help you navigate the complexities of safeguard measures.
The use of the safeguard instrument to protect local manufacturers is on the rise as many investigations have been initiated by ITAC and duties successfully imposed.
Safeguard measures protect a specific domestic industry from a surge in imports of any product.
The surge should be causing or threatening to cause, serious injury to the local industry.
Safeguards are an emergency measure to protect domestic industries.
A safeguard duty is imposed, if import volumes are: sharp, due to unforeseen developments, causing or threatening to cause serious injury to the SACU industry.
The investigation Process
Evaluation of application
A team of ITAC investigators evaluates submitted safeguard 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. Assuming verification is done to the satisfaction of ITAC, the safeguard investigation is formally initiated. This is done by publishing the matter in the government gazette.
Filing of submissions by importers and their foreign suppliers or exporters
Importers and exporters have 30 days to make submissions to ITAC. However, an extension can be applied for if good reasons can be provided. It is vital that the provided information is accurately substantiated.
A preliminary decision is first made. The decision can be to impose preliminary safeguard duties while the investigation continues. Preliminary duties will be in place for a maximum of 200 days.
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.
Safeguard duties are imposed on imports from all countries, including imports from Free Trade Agreement countries like the EU. However, developing and least developed countries are mostly exempted from safeguard duties
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 safeguard application and guide you throughout the process.
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Importers and manufacturers of products falling with the scope of the National Regulator of Compulsory Standards (NRCS) technical regulations are required by law to submit levy returns. Despite this requirement, many importers often find out about levy returns under unpleasant circumstances. This is either during a random inspection by NRCS officials or after a containerJuly 12, 2021
The anti-dumping duties on frozen chips imported from Belgium and Netherlands have been terminated. Although the gazette was published on 9 July 2021, the termination applies retrospectively from 26 January 2021. It was necessary for the International Trade Administration Commission (ITAC) to terminate the anti-dumping duties because the sunset review investigation was not finalised withinJuly 12, 2021
The new industrial rebate on warp knit fabrics has been implemented today, 28 May 2021. The warp knit fabric imported duty-free under the rebate will specifically be used in manufacturing upholstered furniture. An industrial rebate enables a local manufacturer to import raw materials and components without incurring an import duty. The rebate can be createdMay 28, 2021
On 21 May 2021, the International Trade Administration Commission (ITAC) initiated an industrial rebate investigation on titanium dioxide used in manufacturing white masterbatch. This is the second industrial rebate investigation initiated on the same product following another industrial rebate application on titanium dioxide for use in the manufacturing of paints, varnishes, prepared driers initiated inMay 28, 2021
Minimum Market Access (MMA) quota permit applications for the second quarter of 2021 are currently open and close on the 31st of May 2021. MMA permits allow importers of specific products covered under the MMA regime to benefit from preferential import duty rates. This helps in cost savings especially on products that incur large import duties. Permits areMay 14, 2021
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 causesMay 14, 2021
Provisional anti-dumping duties have been imposed on pasta imported from Egypt, Latvia, Lithuania, and Turkey. The anti-dumping duties came into effect on 1 April 2021 and will remain in place until 16 September 2021. Thereafter, final anti-dumping duties may or may not be imposed. However, considering that ITAC has already made a preliminary finding ofApril 5, 2021
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 areMarch 19, 2021