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Rebate Facility on Optic Fibre Cables on the Cards

July 29, 2019

Department of Trade and Industry

29 July 2019

The International Trade Administration Commission (ITAC) seeks comment on an application to create a rebate facility on optic fibre cables.

The trade and industry department published the call for comment in Government Gazette 42593.

The application was made by Open Serve, a division of Telkom SA SOC Ltd.

The cables are for use in international submarine optic fibre cable infrastructure.

The application also seeks a rebate facility for electrical apparatus for making connections to or in electrical circuits, for a voltage not exceeding 1000 volts, for use in international submarine optic fibre cable infrastructure.

ITAC has also received an application from Defy Appliances (Pty) Ltd for a reduction in the general rate of customs duty on cooker hoods from 15% ad valorem to free of duty.

Written submissions on both applications are invited within four weeks of the date of publication.

Meanwhile, in Notice 393, ITAC has announced initiation of a sunset review of the anti-dumping duties on frozen potato chips imported from Belgium and the Netherlands.

The anti-dumping duties are set to expire on 7 August 2019.

McCain Foods SA (Pty) Ltd applied that the discontinuation of duties will lead to the continuation or recurrence of dumping and material injury in the Southern African Customs Union.

Other notices published by ITAC include:


• Notice 394 – Notice of initiation of a sunset review of the anti-dumping duties on wire ropes and cables of a diameter exceeding 32 mm originating in or imported from the United Kingdom and Germany and on stranded wire of a diameter exceeding or equal to 12.7mm originating in or imported from the People’s Republic of China (PRC) – lodged by Scaw South Africa Proprietary Limited;
• Notice 395 – Notice of initiation of a sunset review of the anti-dumping duties on boards, sheets, panels, tiles and similar articles of plaster or of compositions based on plaster, not ornamented, faced or reinforced with paper or paperboard only, not ornamented originating in or imported from Thailand and Indonesia – lodged by Saint Gobain Construction Product SA (Pty) Ltd;
• Notice 396 – call for public interest submissions into the investigation for remedial action in the form of a safeguard measure against the increased imports of threaded fasteners of iron or steel: bolt ends & screw studs, screw studding and other hexagon nuts (excluding those of stainless steel and those identifiable for aircraft) – comment by 12 August 2019.

Meanwhile, the trade and industry department has announced that the Companies Tribunal will launch a Case Management System on 1st August 2019 to ensure better management of cases and allow clients to file applications online. The system will provide a platform to track cases, provide alerts and will also assist the Tribunal to ensure compliance with minimum time delays.