[fullwidth background_color=”” background_image=”” background_parallax=”none” enable_mobile=”no” parallax_speed=”0.3″ background_repeat=”no-repeat” background_position=”left top” video_url=”” video_aspect_ratio=”16:9″ video_webm=”” video_mp4=”” video_ogv=”” video_preview_image=”” overlay_color=”” overlay_opacity=”0.5″ video_mute=”yes” video_loop=”yes” fade=”no” border_size=”0px” border_color=”” border_style=”” padding_top=”20″ padding_bottom=”20″ padding_left=”” padding_right=”” hundred_percent=”no” equal_height_columns=”no” hide_on_mobile=”no” menu_anchor=”” class=”” id=””][fusion_text]The duties on various steel products (mostly semi-finished product, plates, cold rolled coils, sections, as well as bars and rods, this time round) has been increased to 10%, as requested last year. We saw the first round of these increases come through in December 2015 and I think this will bring this phase of increased steel protection to a close.

The only exception to this appears to be tin plate, where an agreement was struck between ITAC and Arcelor Mittal to not increase duties.

To follow of course, are still the anti-dumping, safeguard and countervailing actions that Arcelor Mittal have lodged with ITAC, assuming that a countervailing action can still be initiated in South Africa.

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