How to register as a local Importer

How long is the registration valid?

The registration validity period is indefinite.

What is the cost of registration?

No cost required.

Turnaround time

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

A manufacturer of goods residing in a BLNS country supplies his client in South Africa. Does the BLNS manufacturer now require a South African Customs code number?
No. In this case he does not need to register with SARS. However, his client in South Africa will need to register as an Importer.

If the client has not been registered as an importer with SARS, and therefore does not have an importers code is there an alternative code that can be used?
If this is a once-off importation, or if the importer has already applied for an importers code by means of a DA185, the general 70707070 code may be used for an amount less than

What are the requirements when information provided at the time of Registration as an Importer and/or Exporter changes?
Whenever any of the particulars furnished in any application for registration changes, the registrant must advise the Controller / Branch Manager within seven (7)

What happens when a Registration as an Importer and/or Exporter has been suspended?
All suspensions must be processed by the LRCC. The suspension of the foreigner waiting for approved nominations of registered agents is excluded as these will be automatically lifted once nominations received and approved.

What is the procedure if cancellation of a Registration as an Importer and/or Exporter is initiated by the registrant?
Client must submit a cancellation request on a DA 185 to the relevant Branch Office / Hub. - Branch Offices / Hubs must finalise voluntary cancellation of registration