Trade, industry & competition minister Ebrahim Patel will have a tough juggling act to perform when he considers the recommendations of the International Trade Administration Commission (Itac) to impose heavy anti-dumping duties on SA’s Brics partners China and India. The two countries are leading voices in the Brics bloc which also has Russia and Brazil as members.

Itac, which is responsible for customs tariff investigations, trade remedies, and import and export controls, has called on Patel to impose antidumping duties on laminated safety glass, spades and shovels originating in China and on picks, rakes and forks from India. This followed two investigations conducted by the watchdog after complaints from domestic companies...

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