Complaint

Complaint number
NTB-000-745  
NTB Type
6.1. Prior import deposits and subsidies  
Complaint
“SARS received an escalation in January 2017 from Deloitte, regarding a complaint by fuel exporters from South Africa. The complaint is regarding Zambia Revenue Authority (ZRA) Circular No. 9 of December 2016, notifying its officers “that all fuel imported from South Africa under preferential arrangements should be subjected to payments of a monetary deposit equivalent to the full customs duty payable.

The modalities of collection of the said deposit will be temporarily suspending both SSA and SDC preferential rates against goods of HS 2710.12.10 and 2710.19.10 until the Origin verification process is finalised”.

SARs is of the view that the collection of the monetary deposits on fuel imported from South Africa is against the spirit of the SADC Protocol on Trade and the WTO, as this treatment applies only to oil imported from South Africa. It pre-supposes that the ZRA is nullifying the SADC Protocol on Trade relating to those specific products without following the proper procedures regarding derogation on infant industries.

SARs has tried several times to get answers from Zambia Revenue Authority (ZRA) to explain their reasoning behind the circular and so far, they have not provided any correspondence to this matter.  
Progress update note
 
Policy or regulatory NTB
No 
Location
Zambia: Kazungula Ferry (Border post)  
Reporting Country or Region
South Africa  
Date of incident
2017-01-19  
Status
New  
Product Description
 
Total value
0  
Date reported
2017-04-03 11:33  
Modified
2017-04-03 11:33