Exports

The control of goods leaving the Republic is considered one of the core functions of Customs. Key economic decisions are based on trade statistics and it is therefore imperative that SARS accurately records export performance.

The export declaration is processed by Customs and kept for record and trade statistics purposes. Any other documents about the goods exported, including the transport documents, should be produced if required by Customs.

Current legislation and policy require specific documents to be endorsed, which could entail the completion of required fields on a form such as findings of an examination, date stamping and signing. To see which documents and under which circumstances, click here.

Availability of examination facilities

Examination facilities are available at most international ports of entry / exit as well as at the transit sheds and container depots. Subject to the rules of the Customs and Excise Act, including conditions about security, application may also be made (at the discretion of the Customs Branch Manager) for examinations to be conducted on the premises of clients.

Restrictions and Prohibitions
The exportation of a variety of goods is either totally prohibited or may be subject to inspection by other authorities ie. P&R goods. Special permits / licenses / certificates may also be required. Customs officers read these documents in order to ensure compliance with the various laws, regulations and rules. It must be noted that certain goods will require an export permit, which must be produced at the time of clearance. Application for Export Permits must be made to The Department of Trade and Industry (Contact Telephone Number 012-428 7000).
 

Can I remove goods which are being removed in bond through a non-designated port?

No removals in bond (RIBs) or removals in transit (RITs) are allowed through non-designated ports.
Proof of export for acquittal purposes must be obtained from the port of exit on the required forms.

Where must the declaration for export of unpolished diamonds be sent?

A declaration for export  of unpolished diamond(s) may be delivered:
 
  1. In the case of a direct levy payer, to the office of the Controller/ Branch Manager: Johannesburg or OR Tambo International Airport;
  2. In the case of a return levy payer for exports
    • To BLNS countries: to the office of the Controller/ Branch Manager of Customs at the places listed in the Schedule to the Rules, i.e. Johannesburg, Kimberley, Kopfontein, OR Tambo International Airport, Oshoek, Van Rooyens Hek and Vioolsdrift; and
    • To countries other than the BLNS countries: to the office of the Controller/ Branch Manager: Kimberley, OR Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg or Cape Town.

 

 

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Invoice Declaration - Which trade agreements can an invoice declaration be made for?
Trade, Development and Co-operation between the European Community and its Member States and South Africa (TDCA); and The Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between the European

Which export code (1 or 2) will be used for the exportation of personal and household effects and what is required?
The code on the Declaration should be a 2. As there are no money involved and therefore no money leaves the country, an No Exchange Proceeds

Where must the declaration for export of unpolished diamonds be submitted?
declaration for export in respect of an unpolished diamond(s) may be delivered: i) In the case of a direct levy payer, to the office of the Controller/ Branch Manager: Johannesburg or OR Tambo International Airport;

What is the procedure for declarations being processed for export purposes?
There are various channels that the export declarations have to go through before the Assessment officers receive it. The declaration is submitted at the Inquiry Counter where it gets date stamped,

What formality should be adhered to prior to the export of unpolished diamonds?
a) All unpolished diamond(s) intended for export must first be offered for a period of four (4) consecutive working days at the DEEC for local or foreign buyers for export, unless the diamond(s) has been exempted from the DEEC in terms of the Diamond Act.