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,
- Currently no protection exists for photovoltaic (PV) module manufacturers in the SACU
- 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.
- 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
- Unlike USA and Europe , South Africa does not have antidumping duties to protect local manufacturers.
Interested parties have until 26 April to respond.
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