There is no domestic production of tin plate in SACU. This is not a contentious issue, yet rather than removing the duties when ArcelorMittal shut down their tinplate line, ITAC instead opted to create a temporary rebate. This is better than paying the duties, but is still not the way to incentivise investment in the downstream tinplate sector. I am not going to repeat myself, so here my initial analysis of this bad rebate idea.

The rebate applies to tariff headings 7210.11, 7210.12.10, 7210.12.90 and 7212.10 and will give approved companies a full rebate of duty for as long as there is no local production of tinplate.

Will we ever have local tinplate production again? My guess is no, but clearly we shall all now live in eternal hope.

Want to know how to access the rebate? Send a mail to info@xa.co.za.

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