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The expertise you need to ensure successful transport and delivery

In a global economy, customs clearance is a complex and ever changing landscape of rules, regulations, and paperwork. Let our experts manage your customs clearance, saving you time and ensuring successful transport and delivery, whilst maintaining the highest levels of customs compliance.

Customs care and compliance

 Our capabilities to ensure compliance across the country and the company are underpinned by our accreditation with SARS Customs. We remain abreast of developments and changes in the regulatory and legislative landscapes through our internal forum, the African Customs Board (ACB). This ensures that we are always able to provide you with the highest levels of service, particularly in navigating highly complex cross-border customs issues.
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Obtaining AEO certification ensures that DSV's internal processes, including information systems management, merchandise security, customs compliance, and economic-financial management, meet globally recognized customs standards. This certification offers customers a valuable advantage. When collaborating with DSV, a certified supply chain partner endorsed by the import country's customs authority, customers can expect safer and more efficient export processes. This translates to faster deliveries and reduced risks compared to working with non-accredited providers.

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Customs care and compliance

We understand the importance of properly handled customs formalities and compliance with all laws and regulations governing the importation and exportation of goods. Our comprehensive local and global customs compliance programme ensures that your customs documentation is accurate and compliant.
We can offer advice, special customs entries and procedures including:

Customs consultancy services

With over 30 years experience in customs compliance in South Africa, customs consultancy services are provided by our experts, these include but are not limited to:

  • Trusted advisor on customs procedures
  • Tariff classification and tariff determinations
  • Support on prohibitions and restrictions
  • Customs transfer pricing adjustments
  • Audits and appeals
  • Applications
  • Refunds and duty drawbacks
  • Training on customs legislations, bond stores and clearing instructions
  • Value determinations
  • Licenses and permits
  • Preferred trader and AEO support

Customs - Automotive

Making provision for minimally manufactured semi-knocked down kits

On 5 February 2021 Note 5 in South African Tariff was substituted.  The effect is to implement a minimum manufacturing requirement to regulate the export of semi-knocked down motor vehicle kits in terms of the Automotive Product Development Program.

"Original equipment components for specified motor vehicles as defined in rebate item 317.03, destined for assembly outside the borders of the Republic, must be in the form of kits that have untrimmed painted bodies with no parts assembled to the body".

Minimally manufactured semi-knocked down kits specified in Note 5 must  be produced to qualify for customs clearance of original equipment components for subsequent export and assembly outside the Republic.  

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Customs - Healthcare

COVID-19 Vaccines & Customs VAT Rebate

On 12 February 2021 SARS amended the SACU customs tariff by inserting tariff subheadings 3002.20.1 covering Coronavirus vaccines and 3002.20.90 covering other vaccines.

The new subheading came into being to allow monitoring for statistical and health purposes, of the status, spread and measures taken vis-à-vis the COVID-19 virus in the Southern African Customs Union ("SACU").

SARS Customs further inserted tariff subheading 3002.20.19 covering coronavirus vaccines other than COVID-19. The import rate of duty remains free, in respect of all vaccines.

Customs - Consumables

Increase in Taxes on Liquor and Tobacco Products

This year is no exception.  The taxation proposals increasing the rate of specific customs duties and specific excise duties (set out in Schedule 1 Part 2A of the South African Customs and Excise Act), in this instance by 8 percent, were tabled in Parliament as part of the Minister's budget speech,

Inflation-related increases of the rate of fuel levy (increase by 15c/ Li) and road accident fund levy (increase by11c/ Li) will be with effect from 7 April 2021. 

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Frozen bone-in chicken cuts: Initiation of anti-dumping investigation

The International Trade Administration Commission of South Africa (ITAC) is a schedule 3A Public Entity established in terms of the International Trade Administration Act, No 71 of 2002, and came into force on 1 June 2003. ITAC replaced its predecessor, the Board of Tariffs and Trade (BTT) that was established in 1986. The predecessor of the BTT is the Board on Trade and Industries (BTI) that dated back to 1924.

Anti-dumping duty is a protectionist tariff, intended to protect producers in the country of importation, that the government in the country of import imposes on foreign imports that it believes are priced below fair market value. Dumping is a process wherein a company exports a product at a price that is significantly lower than the price it normally charges in its home (or its domestic) market.

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