Despite Africa’s infrastructure challenges, container trade volumes in East and Southern Africa have grown significantly, according to a report launched by maritime consultancy Dynamar.
East and southern Africa – including the Indian Ocean islands – has seen container volumes grow by a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of over 9% since 2010. In addition, merchandise trade expanded by more than 26% to $385 billion over the same period.
Online maritime magazine Container Management noted that east and southern Africa’s ports handled about 8 million TEUs in 2015 and there was scope to further grow this figure, which was currently more than the whole of the Australasian continent.
Sars on 21 January 2015 published the draft Customs Control Act, 2014 rules, its 2nd draft (Clean draft re-numbered); the draft Customs Control Act, 2014 rules, its 2nd draft (track changes-version showing changes); and a comment sheet, on which comment is due by 01 April 2016.
According to Sars the amendments made to the first draft of the rules to the Act include changes occasioned by external stakeholder comments received after publication of the first draft, internal feedback and Sars operational requirements, changes to give effect to proposed amendments to the Customs Control Act, 2014, (as contained in the Taxation Administration Laws Amendment Bill, 2015), as well as the technical review of the draft as a whole. Technical amendments include the correction of errors, the moving of provisions, the adaptation of wording to ensure consistency of similar provisions throughout the text, the insertion of provisions inadvertently omitted, the insertion of general provisions applicable to all the chapters and the consequential deletion or adaptation of provisions in the various chapters.
VAT on Vegetable Oil
On 21 January 2015 Sars published its draft Binding General Ruling (BGR) on the Value-added Tax (VAT) treatment of the supply or importation of vegetable oil, on which comment is due by 22 February 2016.
Agricultural Product Standards Act
The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries on 22 January 2016, in terms of the Agricultural Product Standards Act published notices on (i) sunflower seed intended for sale in South Africa, (ii) milk producers, (iii) export of apples; (iv) soft wheat intended for sale in South Africa; (v) durum wheat intended for sale in South Africa; (vi) export of tree nuts; (vii) pineapples intended for sale in South Africa; (viii) registration of milk producers; and (ix) maize products intended for sale in South Africa.
On 13 March 2015 Sars announced an increase in the rates of customs duty (General or MFN, EU, Efta and SADC), in terms of the variable formula tariff for wheat and wheaten flour classifiable
09/2014.in tariff subheadings 1001.91 and 1001.99 from 15.7c/kg to 46.1c/kg, and tariff subheadings 1101.00.10 and 1101.00.90 from 23,5c/kg to 69,2c/kg. The amendment was in terms of Itac Minute M
Source: FTW Online