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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.
Updates on Customs branch, ports, borders etc. closures:
- UPDATE 27 July 2021 – Vioolsdrift has reopened this morning.
- 26 July 2021 – Qachasnek is closed until further notice.
- 26 July 2021 – Vioolsdrift closed and will reopen tomorrow, Tuesday 27 July, at 14:00.
- 26 July 2021 – Mahamba closed at 8:15 and will reopen at 12:15 today.
- UPDATE 25 July 2021 – Kopfontein will reopen tomorrow morning, Monday 26 July, at 6:00.
- 25 July 2021 – Kopfontein closed at 12:00 until further notice.
- 24 July 2021 – Mahamba closed and will reopen at 12:15 today.
- UPDATE 24 July 2021 – Kopfontein opened at 6:00 this morning.
- 23 July 2021 – Kopfontein closed at 18:00 until further notice.
- 23 July 2021 – Mananga closed at 16:00 and will reopen tomorrow morning, Saturday 24 July, at 7:00.
- 23 July 2021 – Cape Town P166 Building is closed this morning from 9:00 – 11:00.
- UPDATE 22 July 2021 – Kopfontein reopened at 19:00.
- 22 July 2021 – Kopfontein closed from 12;30 until further notice.
- 21 July 2021 – Oshoek closed at 14:00 and will reopen at 18:00.
- UPDATE 21 July 2021 – Mahamba will now only reopen at 18:00.
- 20 July 2021 – Mahamba closed at 11:00 and will reopen at 16:00.
- 19 July 2021 – Oshoek closed at 10:00 and will reopen at 14:00.
- UPDATE 19 July 2021 – Vioolsdrift is back to normal operations.
- UPDATE 17 July 2021 – Kopfontein will reopen tomorrow morning, 18 July, at 6:00.
- 17 July 2021 – Vioolsdrift closed until tomorrow afternoon, 18 July, at 18:00.
- 16 July 2021 – Kopfontein closed at 17:00 until further notice.
- 16 July 2021 – Mananga is closed until further notice.
- 16 July 2021 – Richards Bay resumed full operations from 14 July 2021.
- 23 July 2021 – Customs RCTF Master plan and Design Houses requirements
The RCTF Master plan and Design Houses requirements letter clarifies with regards to the Design House procedures related to movements to Cut, Make and Trim companies (CMT) and the registration and licensing requirements, including the requirements for provisional payments.
23 July 2021 – Customs Contingency Plan to Facilitate Trade and to Support Transnet
An interim measure to ensure release of import and export cargo from and to TNPA and TPT has been implemented by SARS and Transnet SOC Ltd with effect 23 July 2021.
The Customs Branch offices will print hard copy releases and physically stamp the documents together with the SAD 500’s.
Requests for such reprints will be made via the existing dedicated mailboxes below:
- Cape Town – [email protected]
- Gqeberha and East London – [email protected]
- City Deep – [email protected]
- Richards Bay – [email protected]
- Durban – [email protected]
Cargo owners will then present this stamped document when requesting release of the cargo or entry to the export stacks. This hard copy document will also be used by Transnet as a control against unlawful delivery of cargo to a road haulier not licensed/ authorised to collect the said cargo or to deliver the cargo to the export stacks. In addition, this stamped document will be used to assess and collect cargo dues.
Transnet SOC Ltd has assured SARS that no shipments will be released or enter the export stacks without the verification and upon instruction of SARS that an existing, valid SARS Customs release notification has been issued for the said consignment.
Transnet will notify Customs immediately of any attempts to obtain release of cargo in contravention of the Customs and Excise Act 91 of 1964.
In addition, Customs will increase the numbers of patrols and gate checks at the harbours. Increased port control will enhance enforcement interventions so as to identify and deal with any trends of non-compliance that may become prevalent.
- 20 July 2021 – Temporary solution for over carried cargo
It has been noted that the withdrawal of the DA 31 for over carried cargo has left a void in the treatment of over carried cargo. SARS further acknowledges that the temporary solution that was put in place regarding the usage of the DA 6 until a more permanent viable solution is provided may not be a legally viable solution and the incorrect usage of the DA 6 as it was not intended for the purpose of over carried cargo.
Clients are advised that the newly approved interim procedure for over carried cargo will be to submit a manual voucher of correction (VOC) under the provisions of Section 40(3)(a)(i)(C) to the respective Branch Office where once processed a manual release will be provided to the declarant. See the signed letter here.
- 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.
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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