Are you a manufacturer or an importer and want to separate your products out of the so-called “Other” tariff codes or do you want your product tariff code to be described in more granular detail?
6 digits and 8 digits tariff codes
The South African tariff book contains tariff codes at 6 digits and 8 digits level. The 6 digits tariff codes are the same for all countries around the world. However, tariff codes at 8 digits level differ between countries depending on the needs of the local industry. SARS can split or separate products classified in 6 digits tariff codes into specific 8 digits tariff codes that describe products in more granular detail.
Using pineapple juice and cranberry juice as an example. Tariff code 2009.81.10 is at an 8 digits code and the exact type of cranberry juice is described in detail. In contrast tariff code 2009.41 (pineapple juice) is described in less detail.
Furthermore, tariff code 2009.49 contains all other numerous types or grades of orange juice that do not fall under 2009.41. The “Other” tariff code makes it a problem to monitor import volumes and FOB prices of orange juice competing with locally produced orange juice.
2009.41– Of a Brix value not exceeding 20
2009.49 — Other
2009.81.10 — Concentrated, not containing added sugar or other sweetening matter, of a Brix value exceeding 45
Many products manufactured or produced locally are still classified in 6 digits level tariff codes. This is despite the advantages provided by 8 digits level tariff codes.
Why you are better off with 8-digit tariff codes
It becomes possible to accurately monitor import competition because trade statistics for the specific product will be more reliable. This includes statistics on imported quantities, average FOB import prices, and countries of origin among others.
8 digits tariff codes assist industries or manufacturing companies to identify threatening import trends on specific products before significant harm is done. Appropriate protection instruments to reduce the possible harm can be applied.
Exporters also benefit from tariff codes described in granular detail because useful information such as export destinations, average export FOB prices, actual volumes, and values will be more accurate and useful for decision making.
The International Trade Administration Commission (ITAC) finalised its investigation into the alleged dumping of chicken imported from Brazil, Denmark, Ireland, Poland, and Spain. Most exporters from the five countries were found to be dumping and implementation of anti-dumping duties recommended by ITAC. The Minister of Trade, Industry and Competition approved ITAC’s recommendation but decided to suspendAugust 8, 2022
A provisional anti-dumping duty of 232.78% has been imposed on laminated safety glass, imported from China. The glass is classifiable under tariff subheading 7007.29. This is quite a significant duty and will likely decrease the volumes imported from China. Numerous anti-dumping investigations have been initiated by the International Trade Administration Commission (ITAC) in the lastMarch 18, 2022
There’s nothing worse than applying for an NRCS Letter of Authority (LOA) and then getting a long list of queries weeks later. If the queries are not correctly resolved, the application is rejected. This can be avoided though. There are some simple steps to follow when preparing an LOA. Below are are few tips toJanuary 22, 2022
NRCS requires levy returns from importers and manufacturers of products under its regulation. This is an amount payable to NRCS based on the quantities imported or manufactured by a specific company. The levy returns are submitted twice a year for the periods January – June and July – December. The levy returns for July –January 20, 2022