Davies acts on wrong labelling of goods from Israeli-occupied territories

2nd November 2012 By: Callie Lombard

In the Government Gazette dated October 12, in a notice titled ‘Labelling of goods originating from Israeli-occupied territory wrongly labelled as originating from Israel in terms of Section 24 of the Consumer Protection Act, 2008’, Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies informed that he intends to issue a notice prescribing information requiring an importer, producer, retailer or supplier in South Africa to label goods that originate from the Israeli-occupied territory, comprising East Jerusalem, Gaza and the West Bank, as goods originating from the Israeli-occupied territory. Goods originating from the Israeli-occupied territory must not be labelled as goods originating from Israel.

The Minister has extended an invitation to comment on the notice by no later than November 12.

Refund Items – Excise Duty
On October 19, the South African Revenue Service (Sars) informed of the following refund Items in terms of Schedule No 5 of the Customs and Excise Act – rebates and refunds of excise duties, fuel levy, the Road Accident Fund levy and the environmental levy – relating to fuel:
• The insertion of Refund Item 623.27/105.10./01.01 and Refund Item 672.01/105.10/01.01 for fuel supplied by the Petroleum Oil & Gas Corporation of South Africa for the trunkline-fill of Transnet’s New Multi-Product Pipeline (NMPP) from Island View, in Durban, to Jameson Park, before March 31, not exceeding 154 744 400 ℓ. The extent of the refund is the duty paid in Schedule No 1, Part 2A – specific customs duties and specific excise duty. The amendment has been imposed with retrospective effect to January 1, 2010.
• The insertion of Refund Item 623.27/105.10./02.01 and Refund Item 672.01/105.10/02.01 for fuel supplied by Sasol Oil for the secondary line-fill for the NMPP from Jameson Park to Alrode and Langlaagte and from Kendal to Waltloo, before March 31, not exceeding 20 358 410 ℓ. The extent of the refund is the full fuel levy (Schedule No 1, Part 5A) less 7.5c/ℓ and the full Road Accident Fund levy (Schedule No 1, Part 5B). The amendment is imposed with retrospective effect to January 1, 2010.

Refund Item – Customs Duty
On October 19, Sars informed of the amendment of Schedule No 5, Part 3 – specific drawbacks and refunds of customs duties and fuel levy – relating to fuel by the insertion of Refund Item 539.01/2710.1/01.05 for fuel supplied by the Petroleum Oil & Gas Corporation of South Africa for the trunkline-fill of the NMPP from Island View, in Durban, to Jameson Park before March 31, not exceeding 154 744 400 ℓ. The extent of the refund is the full duty in Schedule No 1, Part 1 – ordinary customs duty. The amendment is imposed with retrospective effect to January 1, 2010.

Cheque Payment Value Restriction
Sars has issued a letter to stakeholders dated October 15 and titled ‘Cheque payment value restriction’. The letter reads: “As part of Sars’ modernisation journey, Sars Customs will be introducing the following changes, as previously com- municated: restriction on the value of cheque payments to be implemented in a phased approach, starting with the new account management system roll-out at Ramatlabama (planned for October, 20); cheque payments made after the implementation of the new account management system at a customs branch office may not exceed R100 000 (this applies irrespective of the number of declarations being paid); and should multiple cheque payments be received, the total amount may not exceed R100 000.

“The restriction will come into effect at each customs office implementing the new account management system, starting with Ramatlabama. Stakeholders will be informed of the date when this restriction is strictly applied at each spe- cific customs office.
“Customs offices where the new account management system is not yet implemented will continue to accept cheque payments to the value of R500 000.”

Application and Investigations
Comments are due by November 2 in respect of the increase in the domestic dollar-based reference price for wheat, classifiable under tariff heading 1001.9, from $215/t to $326/t through an adjust- ment in the variable tariff formula for wheat by the inclusion of a self-sufficiency factor of 1.158.