I travel abroad on a regular basis, can I claim the duty-free allowance each time?

The duty free allowance will only be granted once per person in a thirty (30) day cycle after an absence of 48 hours or more from the country. For example, a person returning for the second time within thirty (30) days will not receive any allowance. Similarly a person after an absence of 36 hours will not be entitled to the duty free allowance.
The flat rate allowance will be granted an unlimited number of times during the thirty (30) day cycle after an absence of 48 hours or more from the country, provided that the value of the goods does not exceed R20 000. For instance, if a person paid the 20% flat rate on goods of a value of R6 000 and then returns from a second absence of 48 hours, this person can then pay the flat rate on the remainder of the allowance (goods up to a value of R14 000).
The consumable goods are allowable in addition to the duty free allowance and flat rate allowance. These goods are allowed once per person in a thirty (30) day cycle after an absence of less than 48 hours.
The handmade articles are allowable once per person during a period of thirty (30) days. These goods must be of SADC or SACU origin and the total mass of the goods must not exceed 25kg.
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