​reporting and manifests

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 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, South Africa, irrespective of the mode of transport.
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 declarations 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.
Compliant cargo reporters:
  • have the capability to submit electronic acquittal manifest to MPR via Customs Cargo Report (CUSCAR) document type Acquittal Manifest (AQM); and
  • who submit both pre-arrival manifest and post-arrival acquittal manifest to SARS electronically may apply to be exempted from the requirement of paper pre-arrival manifest and paper post-arrival acquittal manifest to local Controllers/Branch Managers.
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 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 . You can also refer to the registration, licensing and designation policy and Manifests.
A Manifest is referred to as a record of goods loaded on a particular vessel, aircraft or truck. From the manifest records the imported cargo would be identified as uncleared cargo and the cargo will be removed to the States warehouse.
Top tip: For further details on registration, you can refer to the Registration, Licensing and Designation External Policy.
The reporting of breakdowns and seal discrepancies are not covered in the reporting of a ship etc Rule 7 and the submission of the various reports Rule 8.
The reporting referred to below refers to where goods were removed in bond/transit in terms of Section 64 D. 

Reporting of breakdowns, accidents and unforeseen events

In the event of a breakdown, accident or unforeseen circumstances where goods are still under Customs control (goods not in free circulation) are transported in bond/transit; such report must be made by the carrier to the Customs Office of commencement  on a form DA 189. For more details, you can refer to Remover of Goods External Policy. Currently this is a manual process. 

Reporting of seal discrepancies

Any person receiving or having physical control of containers must report on the integrity of the seal or when it is evident that such seal has been tampered with to the Customs authority. The requirement also includes that seals affixed or when re-sealed that such seal number must be recorded.
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 Top FAQs

My currency was seized and I want to appeal the seizure, what must I do?
Where currency has been seized the resident / visitor and / or his / her legal representative may make representations to the Exchange Control Department of SARB as to why the whole or part of the bank notes should be refunded or returned to him / her.

What is a TIP and for how long is it valid?
This is a temporary import permit and is valid for a period of six (6) months and maybe extended once for a further period of six (6) months.

What is the limit in South African bank notes am I allowed to carry with me when leaving or entering the Republic?
i) Leaving or entering a traveller is only allowed to carry R 10 000 in South Africa bank notes with him / her. ii) It might happen that a South African resident has a certain Rand

When is a Provisional Payment liquidated for TIP?
The Provisional Payments are liqudated as per TIP validity period.

Where can I acquit my TIP?
The TIP can be acquitted at any office where the new PPS has been rolled provided the original TIP was captured where new PPS was rolled out.