Small Businesses – Traders and Travellers

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  • 28 June 2022 – Recognising Young SMMEs

    The month of June is special to us in that it celebrates youth and the Small Medium and Macro Enterprises (SMMEs), which are both important for the future of our country. This year we celebrated the youth month under the theme of Promoting sustainable livelihood and resilience of young people for a better tomorrow. 

    Since 2017, the global community has observed SMME Day on the 27th of June each year. The significance of this day is to raise public awareness of the SMME’s role in creating a more equitable and sustainable global economy. The United Nations (UN) has directed the focus for this year’s commemoration to be on resilience and rebuilding SMMEs following the impact that the COVID-19 pandemic, climate crisis, and conflicts have had on the economy. Small businesses are the backbone of economies. They account for 70% of businesses providing jobs to more than 50% of the population around the world. We join hands with the global community to observe the importance of International SMME Day and support the growth of SMMEs in South Africa. According to the survey, insights from the International Trade Centre indicate that there is a need to focus on four priority areas to scale up support to SMME’s. The areas identified are around women, youth, digital as well as green initiatives. These are key to creating a wave of “good trade” that is truly inclusive, diversified, and sustainable

  • 16 May 2022 – Focus groups with Traders and Clearing Agents

    The SMME Traders and Travellers segment is currently busy with ongoing research on Educational needs or preferences as well as research on understanding the Customs and Excise Policies, Legislation and Incentives.  Surveys were rolled out for both these research areas and we are currently in the process of conducting focus group discussions on the latter research with Traders and Clearing Agents who were willing to meet virtually and give more details. The purpose of these sessions are to engage our SMME traders to help SARS assess the effectiveness of the current Customs and Excise Legislation, External Policies, and Incentives Measures.

    From the SMME Traders and Travellers sub-segment, we would like to thank all traders that have participated so far in this research.  Your valuable inputs will help us to provide clarity and certainty and making it easy for SMME, Traders and Travellers to comply.

  • 6 April 2022 – Easter Season message for travellers

    As we prepare for the Easter season, we anticipate an increase in travellers entering and leaving South Africa via air, sea and land ports.  SARS would like to provide clarity on the tax obligations pertaining to travellers. It is for this reason that we have been doing extensive work in pursuing the mandate of creating awareness and empowering travellers with knowledge of what to expect when entering and leaving South Africa. This will make it easier for traders and travellers to comply while saving them time and costs that come with non-compliance.

    Travellers are reminded to watch the recorded Customs Requirements for Travellers Webinar on the SARS TV channel.

    Also, see our Travellers leaflet with summarised information that will assist travellers to comply with payments of duty and/or VAT, as well as goods that have restrictions.

  • 25 March 2022Excise Guide for Small Businesses
  • 7 March 2022 – SMME Traders and Travellers survey on the effectiveness of Customs and Excise Policy, Legislation and Incentives 

    The SMME Traders and Travellers team currently has a survey on the effectiveness of Customs and Excise Policy, Legislation and Incentives and it will be running till 8 March 2022.  If you have received the survey link, you are encouraged to participate in this survey as it is totally anonymous and will assist us to show your understanding of our current policies, legislation and incentives. Our aim is to make it easier for our SMME traders to comply with Customs and Excise requirements. Those traders who indicated that they would be interested in focus group discussions, should expect an invite from SMME Traders and Travellers team to participate in those discussion within the near future.

  • 17 February 2022 – Webinar on Corporate Income Tax and Provisional Tax obligations for Small Businesses

    If you have missed the webinar you may view the video on the SARS YouTube channel –

  • 9 February 2022 Frequently Asked Questions for Traders and Travellers

    See our newly published Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) aimed to assist Traders and Travellers in their day-to-day work.


This page is dedicated to Small Medium and Micro Enterprises (SMME) Traders and Traders. The SMME Traders and Travellers is a Division in SARS that represents the needs and interests of this sub-segment in the Customs and Excise environments. This will be done through:

  • Providing Clarity and Certainty to the Traders and Travellers
  • Making it easy for Traders and Travellers to comply
  • Detecting and deterring Traders and Travellers who do not comply
  • Working with and through Stakeholders to improve the tax ecosystem.

The purpose of this page is to share current and upcoming work being done to achieve the above mandates.


For the latest webinar invitation and a list of all past webinars, see the Taxpayer and Trader Education webpage

Frequently Asked Questions

Outreach Activities

On the 1st Feb 2022, the SMME Traders and Travellers Team were invited to do a presentation at a Webinar hosted by SEDA aimed at developing and generating export-ready small enterprises that can be globally competitive and able to grow their markets both locally and internationally.  SARS prepared a presentation under the theme Export Compliance Awareness with the aim of enhancing knowledge that can promote better Trade Facilitation.

Useful documents

As part of providing clarity and certainty to Traders and Travellers in order to make it easy for them to meet their compliance requirements as well as their tax obligations, below leaflets where designed. The leaflets contains essential information for Travellers  about what their duty free and flat rate allowances is. It also informs Traders about their Exemptions and the types of duties/levies payable. The leaflets gives Traders and Travellers information about goods that they can bring under controlled circumstances and those that they are not allowed to bring at all.

Need help?

Email our team on SMMETraders&[email protected]

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