On 29 March 2019, ITAC initiated an investigation into a possible duty increase on Crystalline silicon photovoltaic modules or panels classifiable under tariff subheading 8541.40.10 by way of creating an 8 digit tariff subheading from free of duty to 10%.

The application was brought by Amisec (Pty) Ltd trading as ARTsolar. As motivation for the application, Amisec provided the following reasons,

  1. Currently no protection exists for photovoltaic (PV) module manufacturers in the SACU
  2. To retain the remaining local production capacity and jobs to enable the local industry to significantly grow as there are a number of foreign companies looking at investing in PV plants abroad since China’s PV industry has exceeded demand in Q1 2016.
  3. A number of PV module /panel manufacturers had ceased their production operations in the SACU region due to high competition from low-priced imports and
  4. Unlike USA and Europe , South Africa does not have antidumping duties to protect local manufacturers.

Interested parties have until 26 April to respond.

Need assistance? Contact us on info@xa.co.za.

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