customs Payments

How to make payments for Customs and Excise Payments?

Payments for customs and excise can be done through eFiling, Electronic Refund Transfer (EFT), cash and cheque payments. Credit and/or debit cards can only be used for payment of duties and/or VAT for travellers. 

When should payments be made at Branch Offices?

Payments may be made during office hours between 8:00 – 15:00 at any Customs and/or Excise Office. The client should ensure that a payment is received by SARS on time in order to avoid any penalties and/or interest being charged. If a payment date falls on a Saturday, Sunday or public holiday, the payment must be made on the last business day prior to the days mentioned above.
Top tip: All specified payment dates must strictly be adhered to. 

What are Payment rules?

The Account Management System was implemented in all the Customs and/or Excise Branch Offices and the Payment Reference Number (PRN) usage is important in order to allow automated allocation of payments. You can refer to the Payment Rules Guide for detailed information on the payment rules and acceptable payment methods.

Are there penalties for late payments?

Interest and penalties will be charged on any late payments, according to the applicable interest. If clients fail to adhere to the provisions of the Act, then SARS considers it to be an offence. 

Need help?

You can call the SARS Contact Centre on 0800 00 SARS (7277) or visit your nearest SARS Branch.
Last Updated: 29/03/2019 12:06 PM     print this page
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