Registered Agent

How to register as a registered agent?

Natural or juristic persons located in South Africa may register as a registered agent to act on behalf of a foreign principal. It is important to note that a ‘registered agent’ is not the same as the current licensed ‘clearing agent’. Any South African individual or registered company may make application to become a ‘registered agent’. A licensed clearing agent may also become a ‘registered agent’. The requirements of such registered agents are as follows:
  • Application to be made on form DA185 and the appropriate annexure;
  • Upon registration , no surety bond either nationally or per port will be needed. SARS does, however, reserve the right to impose surety bonds if the risk status of the registered agent declines at any point in time;
  • The registered agent must accept the nominations made by the foreign principal indicating which functions (importer, exporter or remover of goods in bond) are to be fulfilled on behalf of the foreign principal; and
  • A registered agent may perform the functions of a licensed clearing agent on behalf of the foreign principal in complying with all obligations imposed by the Act on such a licensed clearing agent.

Which forms are required for the Registered agent application?

No additional supporting documents are needed as the applicant must be registered for Income Tax and these registration details will be used for the creating of the Legal Entity

Where do we send the forms?

Application forms must be submitted to the nearest Customs office.

How long is the registration valid?

The registration validity period is indefinite.

What is the cost of registering as a registered agent?

No cost required.

Turnaround time

The turnaround time is approximately 10 working days
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 Top FAQs

Must an agreement, similar to the one completed for licensing as a clearing agent, be completed when applying for registration as a registered agent?
No agreement is applicable for registration as a registered agent

Must an application for registration as a registered agent be supported by the furnishing of security (bond)?
No security is required from the applicant at time of application. Please note that the Commissioner may at any time require a client to furnish a bond

What is a Registered Agent and who may register?
A registered agent is an agent of a foreign principal who is located in South Africa and registered as prescribed in Rule 59A.01

Which supporting documents must accompany the application for a Registered Agent?
No additional supporting documents are required as the applicant must be registered for Income Tax and the ITS registration details will be used for the creating of the Legal Entity.