Defy have requested yet another duty increase. This time the product is fully automatic top loader washing machines, each of a dry linen capacity not exceeding 10kg classifiable under tariff subheading 8430.11. If successful the duty will increase from free of duty to 30% (bound rate). This is a large increase.
The applicant Defy Appliances (Pty) Ltd provided the following reasons for the application:
- Defy intends to start manufacturing fully automatic top loader washing machines and the new production lines will be fully operational in 2019.
- There is currently no customs duty applicable to fully automatic top loader washing machines that are imported. As such, Defy will not have protection once the manufacturing commences.
- The white goods industry in South Africa has been facing challenges at an operational level. These challenges include amongst others, high cost of raw materials (steel), rising low-priced imports, energy and labour costs. Therefore, there is a need to protect and maintain the investment and job creation, and
- The 30% tariff increase requested will serve as an incentive for other companies to invest in the manufacturing of fully-automatic washing machines in the SACU region. This would be to the benefit of the domestic industry.
Interested parties have until 26 April to respond.
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