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Guidelines for Rebate on Frozen US Chicken Drawn Up

February 4, 2019

Department of Trade and Industry

Guidelines on permit applications for the temporary rebate provision for frozen chicken imported from the United States (US) have been published in Government Gazette 42203.

The temporary rebate provision provides for rebate of the full anti-dumping duty on bone-in cuts of frozen US chicken.

It applies to an annual quota of 65 000 tons of frozen chicken per annum.

The application process consists of two steps, namely, the submission of an application for a quota allocation import permit to the agriculture, forestry and fisheries department (DAFF) and the submission of an application for a rebate permit to the International Trade Administration Commission (ITAC).

A minimum of 50% of the annual quota is allocated to historically disadvantaged individuals while the remainder is assigned to historical importers.

Applications for a rebate permit can only be submitted to ITAC once an import permit from DAFF has been obtained.

The guidelines focus on, inter alia, eligibility, application process, transfer of permits, related applicants, responsibilities and contraventions, the DAFF process and the ITAC process.

Meanwhile, in Notice 55, the trade and industry department published Draft Standards for comment.

Included in the list are dried abalone, disposable diapers for infants, x-ray equipment, distribution transformers and customer contact centres.

Amended and new standards are also included.

In a separate matter, the department has called for comment on the intention to grant Telkom SA SOC Limited a Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Facilitator Status.

According to the notice, Telkom will use the Facilitator Status to speed up transformation in the ICT sector.

Comment on the proposal, published in Gazette 42211, is invited within 30 days of the date of publication.