The government is on a mission to confront global online retail platforms that use tariff loopholes in South Africa to undermine locally-produced goods and retail stores, says trade & industry minister Ebrahim Patel.

“The key principle is to ensure that everybody is treated equally, that South African retailers who have to pay full VAT and who have to pay full customs duties should not be disadvantaged against any other player, and that South African online retail platforms are not disadvantaged against those who operate abroad and that [our] manufacturers are not disadvantaged...

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