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ITAC to Hold Hearings on Iron and Steel Investigation

November 16, 2020

Department of Trade, Industry and Competition

Public hearings on the investigation for remedial action in the form of a safeguard against the increased imports of structural steel products of U, I, H, L and T sections of iron or non-alloy steel are on the cards.

The trade, industry and competition department announced the hearings in Government Gazette 43903.

The department recently indicated that the International Trade Administration Commission (ITAC) had made a preliminary determination to recommend to the trade, industry and competition minister that the investigation for remedial action in the form of a safeguard against the increased imports of structural steel products of U, I, H, L and T sections of iron or non-alloy steel be terminated.

The investigation was initiated in June 2020.

ITAC holds the view that the “injury experienced by the Applicant can be attributed to factors other than the increase in imports and these factors sufficiently detract from the causal link between the imports and the injury experienced by the industry”.

ITAC invites comments until 27 November 2020 on whether or not it will be in the public interest to impose definitive safeguard measures on the subject products.

These should be submitted separately from the comments on ITAC’s preliminary determination.

Stakeholders that wish to attend hearings on public interest must indicate their intention to attend on or before 20 November 2020.

A virtual public hearing is scheduled for 2 December 2020 at 10h00.

Meanwhile, in Gazette 43900, the department published draft standards for comment.

The draft standards were drawn up in terms of the Standards Act.

Draft standards include explosive atmospheres part 1: equipment protection by flameproof enclosures “d”; explosive atmospheres part 2: equipment protection by pressurized enclosure “p”; national norm for the development of South African National Standards; spigot holding strength of ladies’ plastics moulded heel top-pieces; equipment for general lighting purposes – EMC immunity requirements and earned value management in project and programme management.

New standards include nanotechnologies – use and application of acellular in vitro tests and methodologies to assess nanomaterial biodurability; cosmetics – microbiology – enumeration and detection of aerobic mesophilic bacteria and explosive atmospheres part 29-1: gas detectors – performance requirements of detectors for flammable gases.