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.
To access this page in different languages click on the links below:
Customs-G004 – Customs Statement of Account – External Guide
DA 133 – Return in respect of Spirits – External Form
DA 185.4A14 – Registration Client Type 4A14 – Registered still – External Form
DA 185.4A15 – Registration Client Type 4A15 – Manufacture of excisable goods solely for own use – External Form
DA 185.4A16 – Client Type 4A16 – Non-commercial manufacturer of sugary beverages – External Form
DA 185.4A17 – Registration Client Type 4A17 – Tobacco Leaf Dealer – External Form
DA 185.4B11 – Licensing Client Type 4B11 – Distillation of spirits by an agricultural distiller – External Form
DA 185.4B12 – Licensing Client Type 4B12 – To own, possess or keep stills – External Form
DA 185.4B13 – Licensing Client Type 4B13 – To manufacture or import stills for sale or repair stills – External Form
DA 185.4B14 – Licensing Client Type 4B14 – Degrouping depot – External Form
DA 185.4B15 – Licensing Client Type 4B15 – Searcher of or searching for wreck – External Form
DA 185.4B16 – Licensing Client Type 4B16 – Container depot – External Form
DA 185.4B2 – Licensing Client Type 4B2 – Manufacturing warehouse – External Form
DA 185.4B5 – Licensing Client Type 4B5 – Clearing agent – External Form
DA 185.C – Security particulars – External Form
DA 8 – Application for registration to submit reporting documents for sea cargo – External Form
DA 8A – Application for registration to submit reporting documents for air cargo – External Form
DA 8B – Application for registration to submit reporting documents for rail cargo – External Form
DA 8C – Application for registration to submit reporting documents for road cargo – External Form
SC-CF-19 – Registration Licensing and Designation – External Policy
SC-CF-19-A01 – Documentary Requirements – External Annexure
SC-CF-19-A02 – Facilities Code List – External Annexure
SC-CF-26 – Application to Submit Cargo Reports – External Manual
SC-CF-36 – Use of DA 490 and DA 494 – External Policy
SC-CF-55 – Clearance Declaration – External Policy
SC-PR-01-02 – Rebate Item 470 03 – External Guide
SC-RO-02 – Administration of Trade Agreements – External Policy