​Transit

Goods which are removed in bond in South Africa or the BLNS countries (Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia and Swaziland) or goods which transit through South Africa may only do so if a Customs declaration is first processed and acquitted.
 
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.

Do I need a permit to transport goods?

In transit goods must be carried by a licensed remover of goods in bond.
Clients must also be aware that before any application for cabotage permits (when transport is undertaken on SA roads by foreign carriers) will be considered by the Cross Border Road Transport Agency (CBRTA), a permit must first be obtained from the International Trade Administration Commission (ITAC) and temporary clearance must be made at a SARS Customs Office.
 
A Customs Road Freight Manifest (DA 187) must accompany the vehicle carrying  goods together with a processed Customs Declaration for removal in bond or for export as the case may be, and must accompany the driver of the means of transport. A copy of each must be delivered to the Controller/Branch Manager at the place of exit.
 
Every client must keep for record purposes for a period of five (5) years:
 
a) Books, accounts and documents in respect of all transactions relating to the Rules for the purpose of any acquittal procedure; and
b) Any data related to such documents created by means of a computer.
 
The five (5) year period is calculated from the end of the calendar year in which the document was created, lodged or required. 
 
Every client must produce such books, accounts and documents on demand.

What are the penalties if I do not comply with the law?

Failure to adhere to the provisions of the Act, as set out in this document, is considered an offence.
Offences may render the client liable to:
  • Monetary penalties
  • Criminal prosecution and / or
  • Suspension/cancellation of registration/licence/accreditation.

 

 

Last Updated: 08/01/2016 9:48 AM     print this page
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 Top FAQs

What is a Seaport Transit Shed?
The seaport transit sheds usually contains break bulk cargo.No surety bonds are required if the sheds are within the harbour area and

What is an Airport Transit Shed?
Airport transit sheds can only store uncleared goods if approval from Customs has been obtained. No security is required if the transit shed is within the perimeter

Who may remove goods that are in bond?
In terms of sub-Section 64D(1), no person may, except if exempted by Rule, remove any goods in bond in terms of Section 18(1)(a) or/for export in terms of Section 18A or/any other goods that may be specified by Rule,

What is a DA 187?
Customs Road Freight Manifest (DA 187) must accompany the load carrying vehicle goods together with a processed Customs Declaration for removal in bond or for export as the case may be at all times, and must accompany the driver of the means of transport.