Welcome to Customs 

SARS’s Customs division plays an integral role in facilitating the movement of goods and people entering or exiting the borders of the Republic.

The Excise division facilitates the levying of duties on certain locally manufactured goods as well as on their imported equivalents.

What's New:

  • 11 May 2018 - The CSK system will go live during the night of 11 May 2018. You will then be able to access it via eFiling:
  • 17 April 2018 - Customs RCG Phase 1
    Customs introduced new electronic reporting requirements under Phase 1 of the Reporting of Conveyances and Goods (RCG) project from 20 April 2018, read more.

  • 20 March 2018 - Reminder of 13th deferment payment at the end of the Financial Year 2017/8
    Customs Clients who are deferment account holders to please adhere to the 13th deferment payment requirements, which becomes due by each financial year-end. For more information, see our customs duties and vat webpage.

  • 1 April 2018 - Sugary Beverages Levy Implementation
    The Sugary Beverages Levy (SBL) is a new Health Promotion Levy in support of the Department of Health’s deliverables to decrease diabetes, obesity and other related diseases in South Africa. SBL was announced by the Minister of Finance in the February 2016 National Budget and is part of the Rates and Monetary Amounts and Revenue Laws Amendment Act, 2017.  SBL will be administered and collected by SARS. SBL will be implemented with effect from 1 April 2018. For more information, see our SBL webpage.

  • 26 January 2018 - International Customs Day
    26 January 2018 was International Customs Day (ICD), a day celebrated on 26 January every year to honour the men and women who protect our borders and help facilitate trade. The theme for 2018, which was chosen by the World Customs Organisation (WCO), was "A Secure business environment for economic development”. The event was celebrated by SARS Customs at the newly refurbished State Warehouse in Cape Town, with the SARS Commissioner, Tom Moyane, delivering the keynote address.

  • 12 December 2017 - The International Mail Policy has been revised to:
    • Highlight the request Customs may make to a client to lodge formal clearance and the guidance for clients to refer to the prohibition and restricted list before importing or exporting goods.
    • Include the Promotion of Administrative Justice Act and appeals against decision.

In the event the goods or parcels have been stopped or detained, SAPO informs the sender or recipient of the outcome of inspection as well as the conditions or terms that must be met. 

For more information, see the International Mail External Policy.

For further SAPO queries which also include International parcel tracking queries, you can contact them on:

  • 1 December 2017 -  The Manifest Policy was updated to include:
    • Changes on the electronic acquittal and exemptions from paper cargo reporting requirements and
    • A description on the new Promotion of Administrative Justice Act (PAJA) and how it protects people’s rights to administrative action that is lawful, reasonable and procedurally fair. Any person whose rights have been adversely affected by administrative action has the right to be given written reasons.

           For more information, see the SC-CC-38 - Manifest – External Policy.


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