Belli, Pedro, J.M. Finger, and Amparo Ballivian 1993, “South Africa: A Review of Trade Policies,” World Bank Southern Africa Department Discussion Paper No. 4 (Washington: World Bank).
General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade, 1993, Republic of South Africa: Trade Policy Review (Geneva: General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade)
Prepared by Arvind Subramanian
The 200 ad valorem equivalent rates comprised 35 ad valorem rates and about 2,865 tariff lines with either formula or specific rates (Belli, Finger, and Ballivian, 1993).
A binding represents a legal commitment to not raise tariffs beyond the level embodied in the binding.
The GEIS was altered in 1995 in two ways: the magnitude of support was scaled down, and payments under it were made taxable. In 1996, the GEIS was limited to fully manufactured products, and in July 1997 it was entirely eliminated.
In 1990, the average (unweighted) tariff was about 30 percent, while the average (weighted) tariff including import surcharges was 36 percent. These surcharges were eliminated in 1994.
The average bound tariff in the WTO in 2004 will be about 16 percent.
A controversial wine and spirits accord, which addresses the use by South Africa of appellations such as “port” and “sherry,” was to have been part of the overall agreement but is still being negotiated; it will move forward on its own schedule, delinked from the agreement.