​Reporting of Conveyances and Goods (RCG)

What's new?

What is it?

Building on the foundations laid by SARS’s Manifest Processing (MPR) system, RCG is the first component to be delivered under NCAP.
MPR enabled shipping lines and airlines to report both pre-arrival and acquittal (post-arrival) manifest information to SARS electronically, thus reducing their reporting cost of compliance considerably. MPR was also able to match cargo reports to their corresponding customs clearances to identify instances of reporting non-compliance. 
The new Cargo Processing System (CPS) implemented under the RCG project reflects the new legislative framework in respect of cargo reporting, as set out in the Customs Control Act, 2014, and significantly improves cargo management and supply chain security. CPS, which includes both import and export reporting as well as transhipment reporting, introduces a number of new supply chain reports, including outturn reports, gate reports and pre-loading notices for containerised cargo. 

When is the implementation?

In order to facilitate the transition to the new dispensation of the Customs Control Act, 2014, the decision was taken to implement the first phase of RCG under the Customs and Excise Act, 1964. To achieve this, the rules under section 8 of the 1964 Act will be replaced by rules adapted for the 1964 Act, incorporating certain requirements of the reporting provisions contained in Chapter 3 of the Customs Control Act, 2014, and the rules to that Chapter.

This first phase of RCG under the 1964 Act was implemented on 20 April 2018.

Who is impacted and what steps must I take?

Under RCG, it is mandatory for all cargo reporters in the air, sea and road industries to submit reports to SARS electronically. Customs clients impacted by RCG include carriers, customs brokers, Port/Airport authorities, terminals, depots and registered agents. Click here for more information on who should submit cargo reports.

Clients who have never submitted electronic reports must find out more about the legislative and system requirements relating to electronic reporting in order to become fully compliant before RCG is implemented. If you have any questions about RCG, feel free to mail them to NewCustomsActs@sars.gov.za.

What are the RCG Message Implementation Guidelines (MIGs)?

       Sent to SARS:
      Received from SARS:

      Code Lists:

To be Implemented:

      Phase 2a for rail and seal type added for all modalities

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 Top FAQs

What does RCG stand for and where does it fit in?
RCG is an acronym for Reporting of Conveyances and Goods and it is one of the three major projects (the other two being Registration,

What does CPS stand for?
CPS is an acronym for the “Cargo Processing System” that will be implemented under the RCG project.

Under what legislation will the first phase of the RCG implementation take place?
The rules to section 8 of the Customs and Excise Act No.91 of 1964 have been amended to form the legislative basis for the implementation of RCG. These rules were published on 20 April 2018 in Government Gazette No. 41577,

What is the rationale for implementing RCG before the registration, licensing and accreditation (RLA) component of the New Customs Act Programme (NCAP)?
SARS has reconsidered its initial approach of introducing Registration, Licensing and Accreditation (RLA) as a first step and will instead be focusing on Reporting of Conveyancing and Goods (RCG).

When is the first implementation for RCG scheduled for?
The first implementation of RCG has been completed on 20 April 2018.