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Anti-Dumping Duties on Chinese and Indian Float Glass to Remain

April 13, 2021

Department of Trade, Industry and Competition

Current anti-dumping duties on clear float and drawn glass originating in or imported from China and India are to be maintained.

The trade, industry and competition department published the International Trade Administration Commission’s (ITAC) Final Determination in Government Gazette 44427.

ITAC undertook a sunset review investigation on the pending expiry of the duties in 2020 following an application from PFG Building Glass, a division of PG Group (Pty) Ltd.

The duties were set to expire on 30 July 2020.

“The investigation was initiated after the Commission considered that the expiry of the anti-dumping duties on clear float and drawn glass originating in or imported from China and India would likely lead to the continuation or recurrence of dumping and the recurrence of material injury.”

ITAC holds the view that the expiry of the anti-dumping duties on clear float and drawn glass would likely lead to the continuation or recurrence of dumping and the recurrence of material injury.

Meanwhile, in Notice 192, the department published draft standards for comment in terms of the Standards Act.

Draft standards include energy management systems – guidance for the implementation, maintenance and improvement of an energy management system; fuel cell technologies – part 6-200: micro fuel cell power systems – performance test methods; household and similar electrical appliances – safety – part 2-27: particular requirements for appliances for skin exposure to optical radiation; low-voltage switchgear and control gear assemblies – part 2: power switchgear and control gear assemblies and digital addressable lighting interface – part 222: particular requirements for control gear – thermal lamp protection (device type 21).

New standards are published in Notice 194 including ultrasonic non-destructive testing – reference blocks and test procedures for the characterization of contact search unit beam profiles; chemicals used for treatment of water intended for human consumption – copper sulfate; cranes – wire ropes – care and maintenance, inspection and discard; live working – conductive clothing; protection against lightning – physical damage to structures and life hazard; lighters – safety specification; road traffic safety – good practices for implementing commuting safety management; project, programme and portfolio management – vocabulary.

In a statement, the deputy minister of trade, industry and competition, Fikile Majola, has declared that the “African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) must be seen as a market integration pillar of the broader development integration agenda”.

Speaking to the Progressive Business Forum’s webinar on trade opportunities for South African businesses in Africa last week, the deputy minister added that the “AfCFTA brought Africa a step closer to realising the historic vision of an integrated market in Africa and creating a basis for increasing intra-African trade”.

“We must complement and consolidate parallel African Union work on infrastructure and industrial development pillars and build supply capacity to take advantage of more open African markets. We also need to take to heart that for sustainability and legitimacy to prevail, the benefits of the AfCFTA must be shared across all member states,” he said.

In another statement, the department announced that South Africa has won an award as the top global location for business process services.

Last week, the country, in the Annual Front Office BPO Omnibus Survey, was named as the Most Favoured Offshore CX Delivery Location for 2021.

According to the trade, industry and competition minister, Ebrahim Patel, industrial development is “no longer only about manufacturing – productive services like business process services (BPS) and film-making are examples of new job-creators that we are actively backing. The digital revolution is placing greater emphasis on provision of strong, technical support through call-centres. Firms in the sector want to be located close to a source of skilled workers. The rapid expansion of business process services is a tribute to the skills of young South Africans and evidence of what South Africa has to offer as a business and investment destination”.