manifest processing system (mpr)

What's New?

1 December 2017 -  The Manifest Policy was updated to include:

  • Changes on the electronic acquittal and exemptions from paper cargo reporting requirements and
  • A description on the new Promotion of Administrative Justice Act (PAJA) and how it protects people’s rights to administrative action that is lawful, reasonable and procedurally fair. Any person whose rights have been adversely affected by administrative action has the right to be given written reasons.

For more information, see the SC-CC-38 - Manifest – External Policy.

What is MPR?

The Manifest Processing System (MPR) is SARS’s automated solution for the receipt and processing of prescribed reports in respect of international cargo to be imported into, or to be exported from, the Republic.
It replaced the previous Automated Cargo Management (ACM) system on 17 June 2016.
SARS requires, in line with international practices, that cargo be reported to it prior to arrival for the purposes of screening and risk assessment. Furthermore, the subsequent matching of cargo reports against their corresponding customs clearances provide assurances to both Customs and trade that all goods are accounted for and lawfully released.
MPR brings a number of operational benefits to legitimate and compliant trade, including:
  • the expedited movement of commercial truck traffic through land border posts
  • the enhanced administration of the movement of transit cargo across multiple land border posts
  • as well as full paperless reporting benefits to compliant airlines and shipping lines. 

The rules to section 8 of the Customs and Excise Act (Act No. 91 of 1964, as amended) read with rule 101A.01A(2)(a) require the reports prescribed therein to be submitted electronically by various persons  within specified periods.

Reports may only be submitted electronically to the MPR system by means of Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) in the prescribed UN/EDIFACT (United Nations Electronic Data Interchange For Administration, Commerce and Transport) message standards.
For more info see the EDI User Manual (version 17) including the relevant Data Mapping Guides (DMG's) used by the MPR system.
Subsequent to the receipt and processing of a cargo report, the MPR system transmits a CUSRES (Customs response) message to the sender. 
Detailed information concerning EDI and the registration for electronic communication with SARS, can be found on the SARS Electronic Data Interchange webpage.
For more information on the registration of persons for MPR reporting purposes, or for information on applications for exemption from the requirement to submit paper manifests click here. 
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 Top FAQs

What is the new Manifest Processing System (MPR) system and what happened to Automated Cargo Management (ACM)
SARS’s Automated Cargo Management (ACM) was decommissioned on the 17 June 2016 and replaced by a brand new system, called Manifest Processing System (MPR).

Is it mandatory to make use of MPR?
No, it is not mandatory at the time of implementation, but road hauliers are urged to register in order to benefit from the trade facilitation measures offered by the new solution.

Will the manual channel still be available?
Yes, MPR only replaces the previous ACM electronic solution.

I am currently registered for ACM, must I re-register for MPR?
No, current ACM registrations are automatically carried over to MPR.

I am a foreign road haulier, how do I register for MPR?
You need to appoint a South African registered agent who will register on your behalf and we will then provide you with an MPR road haulier code.