Customs Duty Relief

It was recently announced that the Customs Tariff Amendment (No 3) Act 2022, tabled in the House of Assembly, would drop duty rates on 21 essential items, including a variety of food and sanitary products. Those item classes and their existing duty rate are below:

Existing Duty Rates

wdt_ID Class Rate
19 Ground beef 5.0
20 Chicken 5.0
21 Turkey 5.0
22 Butter 5.0
23 Processed cheese slices 5.0
24 Green beans 5.0
25 Fresh bananas 5.0
26 Cooking oil 5.0
27 Tuna 5.0
28 Pasta 12.5
29 Bread 12.5
30 Jam 5.0
31 Peanut butter 5.0
32 Tomato ketchup and tomato sauces 15.0
33 Bath soap bars 12.5
34 Laundry detergent 12.5
35 Diapers for babies 6.5
36 Sanitary towels (pads) 25.0
37 Tampons 25.0

What does that mean in real terms? In the table below we have compiled one year of pricing history for a number of food items that will be affected by the amendment. This is displayed alongside their inflation rate since September 2021. Most of these prices have increased at a higher rate than will be saved by the duty relief so it appears the impact of this change will be minimal. In short: these items won’t be returning to 2021 prices, much less pre-covid prices, anytime soon. However, any relief is welcomed and hopefully store owners actually pass these savings to the customer. Rest assured, we will be watching to see if they do.

Inflation on Duty Relief Food Items

wdt_ID Product Existing duty% Sept-21 Sept-22 Change%
13 Ground Beef 5.0 4.79 5.29 9.45
14 HARVESTLAND BONELESS CHICKEN BREASTS 5.0 8.99 8.99 0.00
15 BUTTERBALL TURKEY lb 5.0 3.99 4.49 11.14
16 SHOPRITE CHUNK LIGHT TUNA IN OIL 5.0 2.39 2.39 0.00
17 KERRYGOLD BUTTER SALTED 5.0 8.99 8.99 0.00
18 Skippy Creamy Peanut Butter 5.0 3.85 4.29 10.26
19 Green Beans 5.0 2.99 3.99 25.06
20 Yellow Bananas 5.0 2.69 2.89 6.92
21 Smuckers Jam, Strawberry 5.0 4.59 4.99 8.02
22 SUNBEAM WHITE SANDWICH BREAD 12.5 6.55 8.29 20.99
23 BARILLA SPAGHETTI 12.5 2.89 3.79 23.75
24 Heinz Tomato Ketchup, 32 oz Bottle 15.0 4.99 5.79 13.82

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