International Trade

For businesses that trade cross-border, there are a series of trade instruments governed by the World Trade Organisation (WTO), as well as trade agreements that can be used to grow sustainable enterprises.

Trade instruments take many forms. In addition to tariffs (import duties) and safeguards, Government can impose anti-dumping duties when imports are being ‘dumped’ in the South African market. Government can also impose countervailing duties on products that are subsidised in the country of origin.

Business may also face trade barriers in the form of safety, environmental or sanitary specifications. While these measures are a useful tool to stop poor-quality goods from entering a market, they must be proportionate and necessary for the objective pursued.

We can help you find the right solution

  • Assisting in anti-dumping investigations, that is, when the competing imported product is being imported into South Africa at a lower price than its price in the country of origin, and this is causing injury to the domestic industry;
  • Assisting in countervailing (anti-subsidy) investigations when the competing producers in the country of export are benefiting from governmental subsidies, and this is causing injury to the domestic industry;
  • Requesting tariff increases and safeguards measures if your industry requires tariff protection in view of increases in imports;
  • Requesting tariff decreases when the import duties for your inputs are a factor that impedes the competitiveness of your industry.
  • Carrying out legal and economic analyses regarding the correctness of sanitary and technical specifications imposed in third countries;
  • Proposing appropriate courses of action before the WTO and other international organisations in dealings between the Government and the industry;
  • Applying for the adoption of mandatory technical standards affecting the marketing of products.
  • Providing relevant information on the duties and regulations to be complied with when exporting to other countries;
  • Preparing and submitting to authorities of third countries legal and economic opinions on measures affecting your exports;
  • Representing your company in anti-dumping, countervailing and safeguards investigations in third countries.
  • Assessing compatibility of measures affecting the trading of products from or into South Africa with the rules of the WTO and other international trade agreements;
  • Liaising with governments with a view to raising possible trade-related concerns at WTO committees and the WTO Dispute Settlement Body.
  • Assisting governments in the formulation of trade policy instruments, including the drafting of trade-related legislation, as well as technical and sanitary standards;
  • Assisting in the design of export promotion schemes and programmes for the protection and development of domestic industries;
  • Providing technical capacity (e.g. workshops and training) to government officials and private companies on legal and economic aspects of international trade.
  • Conducting economic and industry analyses regarding the feasibility of designating a product for purposes of governmental purchases;
  • Requesting designation of products under the Preferential Procurement Policy Framework Act.
  • Assessing the state of industries and providing advice on the potential trade opportunities and actions to streamline their economic performance.

PwC South Africa has unparalleled expertise in identifying the relevant trade instruments available to business to achieve optimum results. Our team has experience in dealing with the Department of Trade and Industry (the DTI), the International Trade Administration Commission (ITAC), the South African Revenue Services (SARS), the WTO, the European Commission and several trade agencies around the world.