Resolved complaints

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Complaint number NTB Type
Category 1. Government participation in trade & restrictive practices tolerated by governments
Category 2. Customs and administrative entry procedures
Category 5. Specific limitations
Category 6. Charges on imports
Category 7. Other procedural problems
Category 8. Transport, Clearing and Forwarding
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NTB-000-081 3.3. Standards disparities
B14: Authorization requirement for TBT reasons
2009-07-23 South Africa: Ministry of Trade Tanzania Resolved
2010-11-22
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Complaint: South Africa places adhoc requirements on the importation of perishable goods in the form of standards  
Resolution status note: Soth Africa reported that compulsory specifications for perishable goods are aimed at ensuring the health and safety of the consumer and fair trading practices. The relevant internationally recognised Codex Standards and Codes of Practice are used as a basis for these compulsory specifications. Documents from Codex are specifically referenced by the WTO-SPS Agreement.  
NTB-000-080 1.8. Import bans
Policy/Regulatory
2009-07-23 South Africa: Ministry of Trade Zambia Resolved
2010-11-22
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Complaint: South Africa has banned imports of all meat from Zambia  
Resolution status note: South Africa reported that importation of red meat from Zambia to SA was never allowed because Zambia did not send SA the information she needed to evaluate their animal disease situation, legislation, standards and other requirements. The information was requested in 2006 in the form of a questionnaire by the Department of Agriculture - Directorate Animal Health, Zambia has never responded.  
NTB-000-078 3.4. Intergovernmental acceptance of testing methods and standards
B41: TBT regulations on production processes
2009-07-23 South Africa: SANAS Angola Resolved
2010-11-22
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Complaint: South Africa does not accept standards from other SADC Member States except SABS  
Resolution status note: South Africa reported that SADC is in the process of implementing the TBT annex and establishing the necessary regional institutions to create a regional accreditation system. Until the structures are developed and operational, South Africa will continue to request that products which are not accredited by recognized international accreditation bodies be retested by the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS). This exercise is not meant to deny SA trading counterpart’s access to the South African market, but simply to protect South African consumers.  
NTB-000-077 1.6. Domestic assistance programmes for companies
Policy/Regulatory
2009-07-23 South Africa: Industrial Development Corporation South Africa Resolved
2012-06-15
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Complaint: Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) in South Africa grants concessional credit facilities to productive investments  
Resolution status note: The 10th meeting of the SADC Committee on Trade Facilitation held on 14-15 JUne 2012 agreed that the subsidy was permissible under the international trade rules and therefore the NTB should be considered resolved.  
NTB-000-076 1.1. Export subsidies
Policy/Regulatory
2009-07-23 South Africa: Ministry of Trade South Africa Resolved
2010-11-22
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Complaint: South Africa offers a large number of export incentives for to promote locally produced exports.  
Resolution status note: South Africa reported that export incentives are offered to promote manufactured exports and exports in general  
NTB-000-074 1.2. Government monopoly in export/import 2009-07-23 South Africa: Ministry of Trade Malawi Resolved
2010-11-22
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Complaint: South African Government has monopoly on trade in tobacco  
Resolution status note: South Afric areported that the applied tariff rate for tobacco imported from SADC countries is zero. Apart from WTO compatible SPS regulations there are no other technical barriers, including quantitative restrictions, on the importation or exportation of tobacco in South Africa.  
NTB-000-073 1.2. Government monopoly in export/import 2009-07-23 South Africa: Ministry of Trade Malawi Resolved
2010-11-22
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Complaint: South African government has monopoly on trade in Tea  
Resolution status note: South Africa reported that the applied tariff rate for tea imported from SADC countries is zero. Apart from WTO compatible SPS regulations there are no other technical barriers, including quantitative restrictions, on the importation or exportation of tea in South Africa.  
NTB-000-072 1.2. Government monopoly in export/import 2009-07-23 South Africa: Ministry of Trade Malawi Resolved
2010-11-22
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Complaint: South African Government has monopoly in the trading of basic food commodities.  
Resolution status note: South Africa reported that apart from WTO compatible SPS regulations there are no other technical barriers, including quantitative restrictions, on the importation or exportation of Basic Food Commodities in South Africa.  
NTB-000-071 1.2. Government monopoly in export/import
Policy/Regulatory
2009-07-23 South Africa: Ministry of Trade South Africa Resolved
2010-11-22
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Complaint: Raw sugar can only be exported through a single channel  
Resolution status note: South Africa reported that all excess raw sugar is exported by SASA on behalf of producers simply to safeguard on logistical costs etc to minimize the distortive effects of the world market. The manner in which it is done in SA does not conform to what is normally referred to as single channel - the implications of single channel can be much broader.  
NTB-000-070 2.10. Inadequate or unreasonable customs procedures and charges 2009-07-23 Lesotho: Maseru Bridge Lesotho Resolved
2011-07-28
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Complaint: VAT clearance procedures at the border posts are open to corruption.  
Resolution status note: The Lesotho Revenue Authority (LRA) reported that they have all the necessary measures to combat corruption for all customs procedures and there is a high intolerance for corruption as there is a Corruption Investigation Unit within the LRA. LRA are in the process of introducing an automated system.  
NTB-000-069 1.8. Import bans 2009-07-23 Lesotho: Ministry of Trade South Africa Resolved
2010-11-22
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Complaint: Lesotho has put a ban on the importation of wheat  
Resolution status note: Lesotho reported that there is no such ban. Our local milling companies even import their wheat from South Africa.  
NTB-000-068 1.8. Import bans 2009-07-23 Lesotho: Ministry of Trade Lesotho Resolved
2010-11-22
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Complaint: Lesotho has banned importation of beer into that country  
Resolution status note: Lesotho reported that there is no ban in importation of beer into Lesotho, so there is no NTB in this respect.  
NTB-000-067 2.4. Import licensing 2009-07-23 Lesotho: Ministry of Trade Lesotho Resolved
2011-07-28
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Complaint: Lesotho is imposing requires permits on the imports of following bread, milk, eggs, bulk sugar imports, pulses, fruits and vegetables, livestock and liquor.  
Resolution status note: Lesotho reported that she does require permits on the importation of some agricultural products. The Agricultural Marketing Act 26 of 1967 (amended by Act NO.18 of 1973, Order No.6 of 1991 and Act No.5 0f 2001) regulates the importation and exportation of the agricultural products in Lesotho.
The purpose of this Act is to prohibit the importation of products and supplies which are unsafe or inappropriate for the function for which they are to be sold.
Import Requirements:
•Valid Trading licence
•Import permit
 
NTB-000-066 5.12. Export restraint arrangements 2009-07-23 Lesotho: Ministry of Mines Lesotho Resolved
2011-07-28
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Complaint: Lesotho has put in place official regulations affecting exports of diamonds and manufactured products which are :
Export and Import control Act 1984
Examination and Movement certificate
 
Resolution status note: The meeting establishing Lesotho NMC held on 09 August 2011 in Maseru resolved that Lesotho's imposition of this requirement is accordance to article 9 (e) of the SADC Protocolon trade and therefore not an NTB. It was also observed that reporting country had not objected to Lesotho explanation submitted to the 9th meeting of the SADCSub Comitttee on Trade facilitation held in Gaborone on 27 July 2011. This matter is therefore considered resolved.  
NTB-000-065 5.2. Exchange controls 2009-07-23 Lesotho: Ministry of Finance Lesotho Resolved
2010-11-22
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Complaint: Lesotho has restrictive and time wasting foreign exchange limitations  
Resolution status note: Lesotho reported that this is not an NTB, but a measure taken to monitor and regulate illegal monies and corruption together with money laundering  
NTB-000-064 1.14. Lack of coordination between government institutions 2009-07-23 Lesotho: Ministry of Trade South Africa Resolved
2010-11-22
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Complaint: Import licences procedure is cumbersome. Different departments issuing licences for different products. The multi-departmental authorisation is cumbersome and the procedures are too long.  
Resolution status note: Lesotho reported that this is no longer the case because One Stop Business Facilitation Center has been established. Almost all licensing departments from different ministries have been housed under one roof.  
NTB-000-063 7.8. Consular and Immigration Issues 2009-07-23 Lesotho: Ministry of labour Lesotho Resolved
2010-11-22
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Complaint: Lesotho is restricting employment of qualified manpower nit available in that country  
Resolution status note: Lesotho reported there are expatriates who are working in Lesotho in various professions, so there is no employment restriction of qualified manpower in the country.  
NTB-000-062 8.7. Costly Road user charges /fees
Policy/Regulatory
2009-07-22 Zambia: Ministry of Transport Zimbabwe Resolved
2011-02-05
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Complaint: Zambia is now demanding a carbon tax of US$40 per trip instead of the previously charged US$40 per annum.  
Resolution status note: Zambia does not charge US$ 40 per trip but charges US$40 per every three (3) months and during that period payment is made only once regards less of how many trips are made until the three months expires.  
NTB-000-061 8.7. Costly Road user charges /fees
Policy/Regulatory
2009-07-22 Zambia: Ministry of Transport Zimbabwe Resolved
2011-05-23
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Complaint: Zambia has increased its carbon tax and is now charging US$40 per trip instead of US$40 per annum  
Resolution status note: Zambia reported that she does not charge US$ 40 per trip but charges US$40 per every three (3) months and during that period payment is made only once regards less of how many trips are made until the three months expires.  
NTB-000-060 8.7. Costly Road user charges /fees
Policy/Regulatory
2009-07-22 Zambia: Ministry of Transport Zimbabwe Resolved
2010-11-22
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Complaint: Zambia has is now charging carbon tax of US$40 per trip an increase from the original US$40 per annum.  
Resolution status note: Zambia reported that she does not charge US$ 40 per trip but charges US$40 per every three (3) months and during that period payment is made only once regards less of how many trips are made until the three months expires.  
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