Import Replacement Program
The importation of finished products is increasing annually, resulting in market share loss and in many instances the closure of business. This is of concern and as imports from the Far East escalate this will result in the de-industrialisation of industry, significant unemployment and loss of skills.
Imports from countries who are subsidised by the state are low priced, possibly of inferior quality but ensure that local manufacturers are uncompetitive.
The tube industry is concerned that this will result in a reduction in the demand in the domestic market and downstream market development will remain under pressure.
Members of the industry association (ASTPM) have invested into state of the art tube manufacturing and value added facilities. This makes them world class and competitive.
We need to recognise that South Africa does not have any non tariff barriers (NTB’s) which makes importing easier, and we need to identify which products are threatened by imports.
The industry association is in a position to co-ordinate and communicate the facts to the DTI, SABS, SAISI and other allied organisations.
The Executive Director Colin Shaw is available for discussion on any import threat, but it is necessary to register on our Import Replacement Program. To register submit the questionnaire to the ASTPM.
Your problem is our problem and we will work through the supply side value chain, to improve competitiveness.