CUSTOMS REGULATIONS WITH REGARDS TO HOUSEHOLD EFFECTS

Household effects may be brought into South Africa duty free, under any one the following circumstances only.

Text Box: Import Regulations

You are a returning South African citizen or resident that has lived in the country of export for six months or more.

You are a first time immigrant to South Africa, and you have obtained a permanent residence permit or a work, study, retirement or spousal permit (valid for at least 1 year) before leaving your country of origin.

You have applied for permanent residence, and are waiting for your application to be processed, you can pay a provisional payment (guarantee) of 50% of the declared second hand value of your goods which is refundable when your  permanent residence permit is issued.

CUSTOMS REGULATIONS WITH REGARDS TO PERSONAL EFFECTS

Personal effects can be brought into the country duty free. The items regarded as personal effects by customs are:

 

Clothes

Books

Photographs

CD’s (Small Quantities)

 

Any Sound Equipment, Appliances, CD player, etc. are regarded as household effects and will require clearance as per “CUSTOMS REGULATIONS WITH REGARDS TO HOUSEHOLD EFFECTS” section.

If you qualify to bring your goods into the country duty free you must fill in customs documents at our offices in Cape Town a week before your consignment arrives in South Africa.

 

We are situated at:

65 Killarney Avenue

Killarney Gardens

7441

 

(Use Entrance 3, Killarney Avenue, we are 800m up on the right)

 

(GO TO MAP)

 

You will need:

Passport

Proof of permanent residence or work, study, retirement or spousal permit (if non citizen)

or

Passport

Proof of application for permanent residence (if paying provisional payment)

 

For more information contact:

Peter Griffiths

Tel: +27 (0)21 556 9448 Fax: ++27 (0)21 556 4483

E-mail imports@britannia.co.za

CUSTOMS REGULATIONS WITH REGARDS TO MOTOR VEHICLES

 

IT IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT THIS WHOLE SECTION IS READ THOROUGHLY BEFORE IMPORTING A VEHICLE INTO SOUTH AFRICA

 

All Vehicles entering South Africa must have amber indicators and must be right hand drive. Before exporting your vehicle to South you will need the following:

 

1. Letter of Authority from the National Regulator for Compulsory Specifications

 

Web page: http://www.nrcs.org.za/content.asp?subID=38

Contact details for applications or enquiries:

Sifiso Phakathi, phone +27 (0)12 428 6534 email phakatsz@nrcs.org.za

Charlotte Makou, phone +27 (0)12 428 6891 email makouck@nrcs.org.za

Call Centre +27 (0)12 428 5000

          

If none of the above apply, you will have to pay duty on your household effects. This, depending on goods, is roughly 50% (incl. V.A.T) of the declared second hand value.

2. Import Permit issued by the Department of Trade & Industry in Pretoria, South Africa

 

Wep page: http://www.itac.org.za/import_guidelines_page.asp

            

Contact details for applications or enquiries:                

            

Marius Collins

e-mail: mcollins@itac.org.za

Tel:   +27 (0) 12 394-3617

or

Ms Renè van Vuuren

e-mail: rvanvuuren@itac.org.za

Tel: +27 (0) 12 394-3610

3. Three Valuations of the motor vehicle (obtained overseas) if the vehicle is older than four years, OR the original purchase invoice if the vehicle is under four years old. Customs will only accept the highest valuation (this amount plus 10% is to appear on the Import Permit).

 

4. Vehicle Registration Documents.

If the vehicle was purchased and registered in South Africa and is being returned, the vehicle may be brought into the Country Duty and VAT free. However, Cargo Dues will still be payable and an Embargo Charge is also required. The Import Permit and the Letter of Authority will also still be required, but in this instance the charge payable for the Letter of Authority will be at a reduced rate. The vehicles original Registration Papers (proof that the vehicle was registered in South Africa), the original Export Bill of Entry and a copy of the Export Bill of Lading or Sea Waybill will also be required.

 

Should the client never have lived in South Africa before and is in possession of a Permanent Residence Permit, the vehicle may be imported duty free with one year of the permit being issued.  If the client is not in possession of a Permanent Residence Permit, the vehicle may be temporarily imported by temporarily paying the full Duty and VAT. Upon presentation of the Permanent Residence Permit to Customs, the payment will be refunded.

 

Should the client be a returning South African citizen and can prove that South African citizenship was given up completely when leaving South Africa, as well as that the client also had no intentions of returning to South Africa, and citizenship in the new country was taken up, then in this case no duty will be payable. The same documents as stated above will be required, as well as proof of employment overseas, proof of having paid personal tax overseas by means of official tax returns and a document stating that   citizenship in South Africa has been reinstated.

 

Should the client not have severed ties completely with South Africa, the same documents as the above will be required and the full Duty, and VAT of between 42% a and 80% of depending on value of the motor vehicle will be payable.

 

An Embargo Charge of R5000.00 (plus Disbursement if paid by us) will be required on   all vehicle imports to avoid container demurrage and overstay. This amount will be refunded by Customs once they have inspected the vehicle

 

Should the documentation not be in order and the vehicle not be Customs cleared at least 10 days before the vessel arrives, Demurrage will be incurred pending Customs release. 

 

Lastly, a National Ports Authority Cargo Dues will be payable on all goods entering the country by sea at approximately R2.90 per cubic foot.

 

For more information contact: Peter Griffiths

Tel: +27 (0)21 556 9448 Fax: +27 (0)86 679 1705

E-mail imports@britannia.co.za

All of the above permits can obtained at a nominal charge  from Pro Per Associates on

011 314 1575,  debbiesoal@iafrica.com or permitsapp@africa.com

Unit 1-3

65 Killarney Avenue

Killarney Gardens

(GO TO MAP)

Phone: 021-556-9448 Fax: 021-556-4483

Email: sales@britannia.co.za

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