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ITAC Launches Investigation into Malaysian Clear Float Glass

March 24, 2021

Department of Trade, Industry and Competition

An investigation into the alleged dumping of clear float glass from Malaysia has been launched.

The trade, industry and competition department announced the investigation by the International Trade Administration Commission (ITAC) in Government Gazette 44293.

PFG Building Glass, a division of PG Group (Proprietary) and a manufacturer of the subject product, applied to ITAC to launch the investigation claiming that clear float glass of a thickness of 3mm, 4mm, 5mm, 6mm, 8mm, 10mm and 12mm originating in or imported from Malaysia is being dumped in the Southern African Customs Union (SACU) market, causing material injury and threatening to cause material injury to the SACU industry.

According to ITAC, the “applicant submitted sufficient evidence and established a prima facie case to enable the Commission to arrive at a reasonable conclusion that an investigation should be initiated on the basis of dumping, material injury, threat of material injury and causality”.

The investigation for dumping will focus on the period 1 October 2019 to 30 September 2020 while the period of investigation for determining material injury is from 1 October 2017 to September 2020.

Responses to a questionnaire are invited within 30 days.

In Gazette 44292, the department listed mergers approved by the Competition Tribunal.

Mergers include the acquisition of Solar Capital DE AAR 3 (RF) (Pty) Ltd by Greenstreet 1 (Pty) Ltd; Flender GMBH by Zephyr German Bidco GMBH; Pepkor Speciality by Blue Falcon 188 Trading (Pty) Ltd and Certain Stores of Masscash by Devland Cash and Carry (Pty) Ltd.

In Gazette 44293, the Tribunal announced that it has received complaints from the Competition Commission with regard to Tupac Business Enterprise CC and Enviro Options (Pty) Ltd.

In Notice 124, the department published draft standards for comment in terms of the Standards Act.

Draft standards include test methods and requirements for accessories for use on distribution cables of rated voltage 0,6/1,0 (1,2) kV; plastics piping systems for hot and cold water installations – Polypropylene (PP) – Part 3: fittings and plastics piping systems for hot and cold water installations -Polypropylene (PP) – Part 5: fitness for purpose of the system.