On 8 May 2020, Gurtech (Pty) Ltd applied for a duty increase on foot-operated grease guns. On 21 May 2021, this duty increase was granted by way of creating a new tariff code (8479.89.50) for this product, increasing the duty from free to 10%. Gurtech is the only local producer.
The duty increase does not apply to the countries in the EU, EFTA, SADC and AfCFTA regions, but does apply to the Mercosur countries. Unlike the other trade agreements, the Mercosur agreement does not prohibit duty increases.