Electronic Data Interchange (EDI)

What's New?

  • 26 October 2016 - The SARS Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) Manual was updated with the latest versions of the UN/Edifact Data Mapping Guides as well as improved diagrams explaining the functional composition of the various electronic Customs messages, see the updated EDI Manual.

  • 14 October 2016 - Automation of Provisional Payments for Customs Imports Declaration and Activation of Preferential Codes, read more.

What is it?

EDI, or electronic data interchange, is essentially a "paperless" trading system. It involves the electronic transfer of data, by established message standards, from one computer application to another.
Growth in world trade means businesses are increasingly developing better ways of managing the movement of raw materials, stock and finished goods. EDI organises the flow of information from one end of the supply chain to the other.
The benefits of using EDI:
  • It is a fully automated process that needs little or no intervention by either party
  • Declarations can be accepted round-the-clock
  • Quicker retrieval of cargo through the reduction of clearance times
  • A reduction in manual administrative processes resulting in fewer errors and no duplication
  • Harmonised business relationships with other bodies such as Transnet Port Terminals, Transnet Rail Terminals, airlines and container depots.
In terms of Government Notice R814 dated 31 July 2009, SARS is legally mandated to enforce the use of EDI for the submission of certain cargo and goods declarations and reports.
If you are a first-time EDI applicant or if you are an existing EDI client who wishes to use the Internet to transfer data, read the following document: PKI application procedure - Client.
For more on Registration requirements, click here. For more information on Customs Modernisation in general, click here.
Comprehensive details regarding customs EDI data mapping can be found in the SARS EDI Manual, click here.
Last Updated: 27/10/2016 9:23 AM     print this page
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