What are Exports?

The control of goods leaving the Republic is considered one of the core functions of Customs. Key economic decisions are based on trade statistics and it is therefore imperative that SARS accurately records export performance. 

Processes to export goods out of the Republic

The original copy of each export declaration is processed by Customs and kept for record and trade statistics purposes. Any other documents in relation to the goods exported, including the transport documents, should be produced if required by Customs.
Current legislation and policy require specific documents to be endorsed, which could entail the completion of required fields on a form such as findings of an examination, date stamping and signing. To see which documents are required and under which circumstances, see the list of Customs Endorsement Document Requirements. To see how to register as an Exporter, click here.

Availability of examination facilities

Examination facilities are available at most international ports of entry / exit as well as at the transit sheds and container depots. Subject to the rules of the Customs and Excise Act, 1964, including conditions about security, application may also be made (at the discretion of the Customs Branch Manager) for examinations to be conducted on the premises of clients.  

What is the clearance process?

The exportation of a variety of goods is either totally prohibited or may be subject to inspection by other authorities ie. prohibited and restricted goods. Special permits / licences / certificates may also be required. Customs officers read these documents in order to ensure compliance with the various laws, regulations and rules. It must be noted that certain goods will require an export permit, which must be produced at the time of clearance. For more information, you can refer to Consolidated list of Prohibited and Restricted Exports and Imports. Permits for restricted goods can be obtained from International Trade Administration Commission (ITAC).

Can I remove goods which are being removed in bond through a non-designated port?

No removals in bond (RIBs) or removals in transit (RITs) are allowed through non-designated ports. Proof of export for acquittal purposes must be obtained from the port of exit on the required forms.
You can refer to the Customs Clearance Declaration document for more information.
For more information on other customs processes related to clearance declaration you can access the links below:
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