What is a clearing agent?
Any person (excluding a registered agent) who lodges a Customs Clearance Declaration (CCD):
- For reward on behalf of another Customs Client type; or
- Provides a service that includes the clearance of goods (e.g. Licensee of a Customs warehouse making CCD on behalf of the importer, exporter or owner of the goods) must license as a Customs clearing agent in terms of Section 64B of the Act.
Which forms are required for the Clearing agent licence application?
- DA 185 – Application form – Registration and licensing of Customs and Excise Clients – External Form
- DA 185.4B5 – Licensing Client Type 4B5 – Clearing agent – External Form
- If the security is required, also complete DA 185.C – Security particulars – External Form.
How long is the Clearing agent licence valid?
The clearing agent licence is valid from 01 January until 31 December of each year, see item 835.00 of Schedule 8 of the Act.
Top tip: It is a legal requirement for Clearing Agents to lodge a bond. However, this would be defined during the application process. For full details, refer to the SC-CF-19 – Registration Licensing and Designation – External Policy and SC-SE-05 – Bonds – External Policy.
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