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Customs and Excise

Welcome to Customs & Excise!

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 Excise division facilitates the levying of duties on certain locally manufactured goods as well as on their imported equivalents.
 
During the lockdown period, for any escalations pertaining to a specific Customs branch or to make a branch appointment, see
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
    back.
  • 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):

6 April 2021 – Letter to trade – 13th Deferment Payment for the Period ending March 2021

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.

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