Department of Trade, Industry and Competition
Local manufacturers of aerosol cans have applied for an increase in the rate of customs duty on imported products.
The trade, industry and competition department announced the application to the International Trade Administration Commission (ITAC) in Government Gazette 43734.
Rheem SA (Pty) Ltd SA and Steelpack (Pty) Ltd claim that local manufacturers of tinplate cans, pails, and aerosol cans have, over recent years, lost market share due to low priced imports from China.
The applicants add that low priced imports of the subject products do not pay duty which allows importers to sell cans locally at drastically reduced prices.
The applicants hold the view that tariff support will enable the domestic industry to compete favourably, increase market share and create more job opportunities.
Denel SOC Limited trading as Denel Overberg Test Range has also applied to the ITAC for a rebate facility on goods for experimental purposes.
According to Denel, “customs duties payable upon importation of weapons, weaponry systems, ammunition and related items would negatively affect the competitive position and threaten the sustainability of Denel’s business”.
The duty relief will reduce costs and improve the competitive position of the domestic industry testing facility.
Representation on both applications is invited within four weeks of the date of publication.