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First time importers can clear goods themselves, however when you do it on a regular basis it is recommended to us a clearing agent due to the process been fully automated.
As a small importer you might not have the infrastructure to use the Electronic Data Interchange system (EDI) that you have exposure to through a clearing agent.
In July 2009 in terms of Government Notice R814 SARS enforced the use of EDI for the submission of certain cargo and goods declarations and reports so all needs to adhere to this rule by SARS.
EDI system organizes the flow of information in the supply chain from one end to other. The EDI process benefits customs and trading partners because in various ways, South Africa keep up-to-date with global import and export data requirements:
As reference to the above check list provided you do need to need to understand the process steps to follow and also all the information of what would be requested from you by customs to avoid details or additional cost to your bottom line. Not to even speak about the terminology been used and the correct tariff heading for custom duties (if applicable) to apply in this very exciting industry.
Some that venture this avenue speak about a Sec 38 (DA306). Be careful as there are allot of rules and regulations that go with using this specific clearing route and it also is broken down in various sections.
Also you might have heard of a Departmental Entry (DA490. Note this also not frequently or hardly been used anymore.
All the above could have serious financial implications; therefore the best guidance would be to find a clearing agent that is experience in customs regulations.
Alternatively contact SARS / Customs for further guidance: Contact Centre:- 0800 007277
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