What's New?


Registration, Licensing and Accreditation (RLA), which is part of the New Customs Acts Programme (NCAP), is the new electronic platform for the management of registration/licensing applications. The new electronic registration/licensing process will now be implemented under the provisions of the Customs and Excise Act, no 64 of 1964. This will allow for easier transition into the Customs Control and Duty Acts of 2014 (date of implementation still to be determined).
Release 1 of RLA will cover 45 client types (predominantly Importers and Exporters) who will be able to submit NEW applications for registration/licensing/reporting via eFiling.  The impacted client types will also be able to have applications captured by Customs staff at their preferred Customs branch. 
When is the implementation?
The introduction of eFiling as a new registration channel for the 45 client types mentioned above is expected to go live on 20 April 2020.  Branch submissions for the affected client types will be implemented on the same date at Customs offices around the country. For a full list of Customs offices, click here.
Who is impacted and what steps must I take?
For the first release, 45 client types will be able to submit using the new electronic registration system for new applications. Click here for a list of the affected client types for Release 1.

Client types that are not impacted will continue to submit their applications for registration/licensing/reporting according to the current process at Customs branches.

Existing Customs clients can therefore continue trading and will not be affected. Only new client type applications (for the 45 listed client types) will be processed on the new system until further notice.

In due course, existing clients will be notified when they should move over to the new system. This process will require a client to provide SARS with updated information. 
If you have any questions about RLA, feel free to mail them to [email protected].
Last Updated: 27/01/2021 4:02 PM     print this page
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