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ITAC Investigates Country Hopping on Clear Float Glass

August 23, 2019

Department of Trade and Industry

23 August 2019

The International Trade Administration Commission (ITAC) has announced the initiation of an investigation into alleged country hopping from Saudi Arabia (Saudi) and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to Egypt of clear float glass.

The trade and industry department announced the investigation in Government Gazette 42657.

PFG Building Glass (Pty) Ltd lodged the application to launch an investigation.

Country hopping occurs when an importer, following the imposition of anti-dumping duties, shifts sourcing of products to a related company in another country.

The applicant alleged that “subsequent to the imposition of the provisional anti-dumping duties on imports of clear float glass of a thickness of 3mm to 6mm originating in or imported from Saudi and the UAE, Guardian Africa who was identified as a major importer in the original investigation, have shifted sourcing of the subject products from Saudi Guardian International Float Glass Co, Ltd in Saudi and Guardian Zoujaj International Float Glass Co. LLC in the UAE to its related company in Egypt”.

The ITAC also found prima facie evidence of dumping and material injury.

Responses to the questionnaire are invited within 30 days of the date of publication.

Meanwhile, in Notice 450, the ITAC announced that two applications on customs tariffs had been received:

• Rebate of customs duty on: sodium hydroxide (caustic soda), in aqueous solution – submitted by SAPPI Southern Africa (Pty) Ltd T/A SAPPI Tugela Mill as local manufacturers of caustic soda cannot meet domestic demand. Representation within four weeks.
• Review of the general rate of customs duty on coated steel – submitted by ITAC – reviewing the duty structure in order to determine its impact on the steel industry value chain. Representation within four weeks.

In a separate matter, the department announced, in Gazette 42657, the issuing of new standards.

New standards include building construction – accessibility and usability of the built environment; secondary cells and batteries containing alkaline or other non-acid electrolytes; live working – protective clothing against the thermal hazards of an electric arc and Customer Contact Centres – requirements for using the services of Customer Contact Centres.