South African authorities took steps to protect the country’s auto glass industry by imposing tariffs on Chinese-made windshields.
Ebrahim Patel, trade, industry and competition minister for South Africa’s International Trade Administration Commission, says the department imposed definitive anti-dumping duties on auto glass products originating in or imported from China.
“The minister has approved the commission’s recommendation and has requested the minister of finance, in terms of section 56 of the Customs and Excise Act, 1964, to amend Schedule No 2 to the act to give effect to the recommendation,” says a government notice published on January 19.
“The five-year period that the anti-dumping duties may stay in place before the duties lapse if a sunset review is not initiated will be counted from the publication date of the notice in the Government Gazette,” says General Notice 2277.
South Africa’s auto industry supports the anti-dumping duties imposed on shipments of vehicle windshields, saying imported automotive glass should be controlled to control safety standards.
The National Automobile Dealers’ Association (NADA) told Independent Online Business Report that it supported the anti-dumping duties on windshields imported from China into South Africa and the SACU region to control the industry’s safety, security and quality standards.
“NADA supports the imposition of anti-dumping duties on windscreens from China into the SACU (South African Customer Union) region,” says NADA’s national chairperson Gary McCraw.
The SACU, an African regional economic organization, includes member countries of Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, South Africa and Swaziland.
“Safety is paramount when it comes to a vehicle’s windshield,” McCraw says. NADA insists windshields and other vehicle components comply with local regulations and OEM standards.
“Meeting these standards is essential for ensuring the glass’s safety, particularly in an accident. Nowadays, many windscreens incorporate sensors and other attachments, further underlining their role in modern vehicle safety,” he says.