INTERNATIONAL TRADE ADMINISTRATION

 

There are two main institutions responsible for international trade administration in South Africa.

Customs Service

It forms part of the South African Revenue Service. Its main responsibilities are:

• to administer the customs tariff of South Africa;
• to compile international trade statistics;
• to administer trade regulations, e.g. with respect to anti-dumping measures, the import and export of prohibited and restricted goods, health and agricultural controls;
• to administer preferential trade agreements and arrangements, e.g.:
- free trade area with the 27 members of the European Union;
- free trade area with the European Free Trade Association;
- free trade area with the Southern African Development Community (SADC);
- Southern African Customs Union (SACU);
- General Systems of Preference (GSP), e.g. the African Growth and Opportunities Act of the United States.
Read more: www.sars.gov.za

International Trade Administration Commission (ITAC)

ITAC was established through the International Trade Administration Act 71 of 2002. Its core functions are:
• customs tariff investigations;
• trade remedies;
• import and export control.

Read more: www.itac.org.za