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What are Exports?

The control of goods leaving the Republic is considered one of the core functions of Customs. Key economic decisions are based on trade statistics and it is therefore imperative that SARS accurately records export performance. 

Processes to export goods out of the Republic

The original copy of each export declaration is processed by Customs and kept for record and trade statistics purposes. Any other documents in relation to the goods exported, including the transport documents, should be produced if required by Customs.   Current legislation and policy require specific documents to be endorsed, which could entail the completion of required fields on a form such as findings of an examination, date stamping and signing. To see which documents are required and under which circumstances, see the list of Customs Endorsement Document Requirements. To see how to register as an Exporter, click here.

Availability of examination facilities

Examination facilities are available at most international ports of entry / exit as well as at the transit sheds and container depots. Subject to the rules of the Customs and Excise Act, 1964, including conditions about security, application may also be made (at the discretion of the Customs Branch Manager) for examinations to be conducted on the premises of clients.  

What is the clearance process?

The exportation of a variety of goods is either totally prohibited or may be subject to inspection by other authorities ie. prohibited and restricted goods. Special permits / licences / certificates may also be required. Customs officers read these documents in order to ensure compliance with the various laws, regulations and rules. It must be noted that certain goods will require an export permit, which must be produced at the time of clearance. For more information, you can refer to Consolidated list of Prohibited and Restricted Exports and Imports. Permits for restricted goods can be obtained from International Trade Administration Commission (ITAC).

Can I remove goods which are being removed in bond through a non-designated port?

No removals in bond (RIBs) or removals in transit (RITs) are allowed through non-designated ports. Proof of export for acquittal purposes must be obtained from the port of exit on the required forms.   You can refer to the SC-CF-55 – Clearance Declaration – External Policy document for more information.    

For more information on other customs processes related to clearance declaration you can access the links below:  

Related Documents

Customs-G002 – Guide on Importation of unaccompanied goods – External Guide

Customs-G004 – Customs Statement of Account – External Guide

DA 185.4A2 – Registration Client Type 4A2 – Exporter (Located or not located in the Republic) – External Form

DA 189 – Customs Inspection Report – External Form

DA 65 – Registration of Goods for Reimportation – External Form

DA 73 – Application for Special or Extra Attendance – External Form

DA 74 – Application Release of Detained Stopped Goods – External Form

DL 163E – Exemption Producers and Beneficators – External Form

DL 185 – Registration for Diamond Export Levy – External Form

LAPD-CE-G01 – Understanding the Customs and Excise Transitional Provisions

SAD 500 Customs Declaration Form – External Form

SAD 503 – Customs Declaration Query Notification – External Form

SAD 504 – Voucher of Correction – External Form

SAD 506 – Continuation Sheet – External Form

SAD 507 – Customs Declaration Additional Info Produced Documents – External Form

SAD 514 – Voucher of Correction Transfer of Liability – External Form

SAD 551 – Continuation Sheet Export – External Form

SAD 554 – Voucher of Correction Export – External Form

SC-CC-32 – Prohibited and Restricted Goods – External Policy

SC-CC-35 – Customs Scanner Operations – External Policy

SC-CF-13 – Use of Non Designated Ports – External Policy

SC-CF-19 – Registration Licensing and Designation – External Policy

SC-CF-26 – Application to Submit Cargo Reports – External Manual

SC-CF-32 – Completion of DA 70 – External Manual

SC-CF-36 – Use of DA 490 and DA 494 – External Policy

SC-CF-41 – Formalities for Unpolished Diamonds – External Policy

SC-CF-48 – Staged Consignment – External Policy

SC-CF-49 – Samples – External Policy

SC-CF-55 – Clearance Declaration – External Policy

SC-CR-A-07 – Valuation of Exports – External Policy

SC-CR-A-09 – Tariff Classification – External Policy

SC-CR-A-13 – Completion of DA 55 – External Manual

SC-DT-B-02 – Deferments – External Policy

SC-DT-C-13 – Refunds and Drawbacks – External Policy

SC-IM-01-06 – Clearance of Continuous Transmission Commodities – External Policy

SC-PA-01-06 – Excess Currency – External Policy

SC-PR-01-02 – Rebate Item 470 03 – External Guide

SC-RO-02 – Administration of Trade Agreements – External Policy

SC-TA-01-04 – ATA Carnet – External Policy

SC-TA-01-06 – CPD Carnet – External Policy

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