FOREIGN IMPORTER

How to register as a Foreign Importer?

Foreign importers/exporters and removers of bonded cargo by road, referred to as ‘foreign principals’, are required to register or license, as applicable, directly with SARS as a ‘foreign principal’. Simultaneously, they must nominate a ‘registered agent’ located in South Africa. Foreign importers and exporters must be represented by a South African ‘registered agent’ who assumes full liability for the acts of a foreign principal in relation to any business activity with Customs. When approaching SA‐based registered agents, they should present documents to verify their identity and appropriate trade documentation.

Which forms and documents are required for registering as a Foreign Importer?

Where are the importer registration forms available?

Application forms are available below or from any Customs office.

Where to submit the forms?

Application forms must be submitted to the nearest Customs office.

How long is the Foreign Importer registration valid?

The registration validity period is indefinite.

What is the cost of registration as a Foreign Importer?

No cost required.

Turnaround time

The turnaround time for Importer registrations is approximately 10 working days.
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