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SARS’s Customs division plays an integral role in facilitating the movement of goods and people entering or exiting the borders of the Republic.
the Customs Branch contact details. If you need to escalate beyond branch offices, please email [email protected].
Updates on Customs branch, ports, borders etc. closures:
- UPDATED – 22 June 2021 – Beit Bridge Port will reopen this evening at 18:00.
- 22 June 2021 – Mahamba Border Post is closed from 9:00 until 13:00.
- 21 June 2021 – Beit Bridge Port will close today at 18:00 and will re-open tomorrow morning 22 June 2021 at 6:00.
- 18 June 2021 – Ficksburg Bridge has reopened but Nakop Border post remains closed until further notice.
- 17 June 2021 – Nakop Border post is closed until further notice.
- Updated 17 June 2021 – Port Elizabeth Sanlam Building and Branch have now been closed until further notice.
- 17 June 2021 – Ficksburg Bridge is closed for the day and will re-open tomorrow morning at 6:00.
- 17 June 2021 – Alberton Campus Enforcement is closed until further notice.
- 14 June 2021 – Oshoek port is closed and will reopen at 17:30 today.
- 11 June 2021 – Ramatlabama: Due to unforeseen circumstances Port Health schedule has changed. Operations will end at 18:00 and not at 22:00 as previously communicated.
- 11 June 2021 – Ramatlabama: During the weekend, 12&13 June, the port will operate from 6:00 to 14:00 as per availability of Port Healthy Officials. From Monday 14 June to Friday 18 June Port Health Officials will be fully available as per normal operating hours.
- 11 June 2021 – Kopfontein port operating hours as per availability of Port Health Officials
- From 12 to 15 June, operating hours start will start at 6:00 and end at 18:00.
- 8 June 2021 – Mananga port is closed due to unavailability of Port Health Officials.
- 8 June 2021 – Qachasnek & Caledonspoort, working schedule of Port Health Officials:
- Qachasnek port: 8:00 to 16:00 weekdays and 08:00 to 14:00 during weekends.
- Caledonspoort port: 08:00 to 16:00
- 7 June 2021 – Kopfontein Port operating hours as per availability of Port Health Officials.
- 7/06/2021 – 6:00 to 24:00
- 8/06/2021 – 6:00 to 18:00
- 9/06/2021 – 6:00 to 18:00
- 10/06/2021 – 6:00 to 18:00
- 11/06/2021 – 6:00 to 18:00
Weekend schedule will be confirmed during the course of the week.
- 5 June 2021 – Skilpadshek port is closed and will reopen tomorrow at 6am.
- 5 June 2021 – Kopfontein port is closed and will reopen tomorrow at 6am.
- 5 June 2021 – Skilpadshek port will operate between 6:00 and 18:00 on the 5th & 6th of June due to unavailability of Port Health Officials. The port normally operates between 6:00 and 00:00 (midnight).
4 June 2021 – Operating hours in Ramatlabama port will be aligned to Port Health screening times.
- Saturday, 5 June: 6:00 to 18:00
- Sunday, 6 June: 6:00 to 18:00
- From Monday, 7 June to Friday, 11 June: 06:00 to 22:00
- 4 June 2021 – Maserubridge port has resumed operations. Eskom power is
- 4 June 2021 – Maserubridge port is temporarily closed since 5:30 AM due to no electricity. The power did not return after a load shedding incident and the backup power generator is also down. Technicians are attending to the problem.
- 3 June 2021 – Ramatlabama port opens at 6:00 and closes at 14:00, daily until 4 June 2021.
- 3 June 2021 – Qachasnek port is still closed due to unavailability of Port Health Officials.
- 2 June 2021 – Kopfontein port closed at 18:00. It will be closed at 1800
daily until Friday, 4 June 2021.
- 2 June 2021 – Ramatlabama port is closed and will reopen tomorrow morning at 6:00.
- 2 June 2021 – Qachasnek port remains closed until further notice.
- 2 June 2021 – Jeppes Reef is now reopened and traffic is flowing smoothly.
- 1 June 2021 – Qachasnek port is closed until further notice.
- 1 June 2021 – Ramatlabama port is closed and will reopen tomorrow morning at 6:00.
20 April 2021 – Find useful information on the tax obligations relating to Small, Micro, and Medium Enterprises (SMMEs):
I would like to thank all our Deferment Account holders who acted in accordance with our request to make the necessary payments by end of business on 31 March 2021.
This letter serves as a reminder to all Customs clients who are deferment account holders to kindly adhere to the 13th deferment payment requirements, which becomes due by end of the financial year, 31 March 2021.
- 11 February 2021 – Letter to trade – Closure of Groblersbridge Border Post
10 February 2021 – 13th Deferment payment at the end of the 2020/21 financial year
12 January 2021 – AfCFTA agreement implementation stakeholder engagement information
4 January 2021 – The Agreement establishing the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) was published effective from 1 January 2021 as per Notice R1433 in Government Gazette 44049 of 31 December 2020
30 December 2020 – Updated Travellers’ leaflet
The South African Revenue Service (SARS), in partnership with other government
agencies, is engaged in ongoing efforts to combat the illicit trading in Clothing, Textile,
Footwear and Leather (CTFL) goods, including the undervaluation thereof.
12 November 2020 – Update: Letter to trade, issued on 9 November 2020 – Discontinuation of CN2 at Beitbridge border post
SARS Customs has temporarily discontinued the use of the CN2 gate pass at the Beitbridge border post as of 8 November 2020.
- 30 September 2020 – Opening of ports of entry for international movement of persons and goodsThe National Border Management Coordinating Committee issued a directive on 28 September 2020 to all its Ports of Entry Managers. The directive related to the announcement by the President of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa, on 16 September 2020, that travel into and out of South Africa for business, leisure and other purposes will be allowed with effect from 1 October 2020.The directive stated that the movement of people through the ports must be subject to the protocols as guided by the relevant regulations.
- 28 September 2020 – Enforcement of Section 64D – Bonded Goods to be in sealed containers
- 18 February 2021 – Excise Duty/Levy submission and payment dates for 2021
- 25 January 2021 – Return and Submission of HTML5 forms via eFiling – External Manual
- 19 August 2020 – Payment deferment extension periods: Excise Duty
SARS Excise Alcohol and Tobacco Licensees are notified about the latest payment deferment extension periods due to restrictions on the sale of these products under the Covid-19 lockdown restrictions:
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- Fuel Levy and Road Accident Fund (RAF) Levy on Petroleum Products
- Health Promotion Levy on Sugary Beverages
- International Oil Pollution Compensation Fund Levy (IOPCF)
- Petroleum Products
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