Secure File Transfer Protocol

Secure File Transfer Protocol (SFTP)

SFTP is commonly used to securely share files between organisations.

It ensures that sensitive or confidential information remains protected during the transfer process.


SFTP requires users to authenticate themselves using usernames and passwords, adding an extra layer of protection and ensuring that only authorised individuals can access the files.

Application process 

In order to obtain approval from SARS:

Step 1 – Download the SFTP Application form (INF001).

Step 2 – The application form should be completed and signed.

Step 3 – Make sure to indicate the “interface type” for which this application is made.

Step 4 – The applicant can then scan or save the signed document into .PDF format.

Step 5 – Email the signed application form to the SARS Project Manager who is coordinating the specific interface type you are applying for.

The outcome of the application will be communicated via email to the technical contact person of the applying organisation.


The login credentials which will be provided, if the application was successful, must be treated as Confidential and should not be shared with unauthorised persons.

Only one login account is allowed per organisation.

The SFTP client software which has been tested to work successfully with the SARS SFTP Server is the FileZilla Portable Client, which can be found on the public Internet for download.

All other relevant information regarding the interface type for which you are applying will be provided by the Project Manager.

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