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List of Products for WTO Permits Set Down

October 10, 2019

Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development

10 October 2019

A list of products for which market access permits under the World Trade Organisation: Marrakesh Agreement will be issued has been drawn up.

The agriculture, land reform and rural development department published the list in Government Gazette 42754.

According to the department, permits will only be issued to importers in South Africa for the quantities and at the reduced levels of duty as outlined in Table 1.

Detail is provided on application for market access permits, address for applications, conditions for the issuing of import permits, time periods for applications, payment procedures for an import permit, compliance to BEE criteria in terms of the AgriBEE Sector Code, scope of application, exemptions and general.

Importers that seek to import listed products need to apply on the prescribed application form.

Permits for the listed products will be allocated on the basis of the Preferential Market Access Permit Allocation Points System including BBBEE status, market share and number of applicants.

Importers that intend importing products between 1 January 2020 to 30 April 2020 must submit applications within four weeks of the date of publication of the notice.

Import permits will cost R1095.

All expired permits need to be returned within 30 days after the date of expiry. Applicants that do not return expired permits timeously will not be considered for the granting of permits.

Products include meat, milk and cream, buttermilk, whey, butter, cheese, vegetables, wine and wheat.