South African Revenue Services (SARS)
SARS is the custodian of the Customs and Excise Act, No. 91 of 1964 and is responsible for the following:
SARS is also responsible for the detection and prevention of import fraud or illegal imports.
Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF)
The Department of Agriculture Forestry and Fisheries controls the importation of all live animals and animal products, including dairy products, in terms of the following legislation:
All importers of dairy products are required to apply for and obtain a Veterinary Import Permit from the Directorate: Veterinary Services. Following receipt of the completed application form, a Veterinary Import Permit is issued and sent to the importer.
A Veterinary Health Certificate which has to be completed by a veterinarian authorized thereto by the Veterinary Administration of the exporting country is sent to the importer to be completed within 10 days of departure.
An importer must present the original Veterinary Import Permit, Veterinary Health Certificate and any other documentation specified to the South African Veterinary Import Control Officer at the port of entry.
Department of Health
The National Department of Health administers and enforces the legislation regarding the health of dairy products. A summary of the applicable legislation is as follows:
The department’s inspectorate has the authority to seize imported products that do not comply with the requirements in terms of the mentioned legislation.
International trade Administration Commission (ITAC)
The International Trade Administration Commission (ITAC) is responsible for advising government on all import tariff related matters. ITAC manages and investigates applications for import tariff investigations with regard to import tariff amendments, rebate and drawback(refund) permit applications and requests for anti-dumping action, action against subsidized exports and safeguard measures.
The following types of import tariff amendment applications are handled by ITAC:
ITAC also handles the following applications for action against unfair trade practices:
Published on Wed, 18th Oct 2017 - 22:26