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Import/Export

United States to South Africa

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Commodity Specific Stipulations

There are special stipulations on the following commodities when shipping to South Africa. If you plan to ship one of the commodities listed below, be sure to adhere to the following stipulations in order to avoid delays and holds at customs.

Animal Feed may attract additional enforcement from other Government Agencies such as the Department of Health, Department of Agriculture and the State Vet.

The relevant departments will review consignments on a case by case basis.

The above mentioned item may attract additional enforcement from Other Government Agencies such as the Department of Health.

The relevant departments will review consignments on a case by case basis.

The above mentioned items may attract additional enforcement from Other Government Agencies such as the Department of Health The relevant departments will review consignments on a case by case basis.

The import of medicines or other scheduled substances is regulated and the importer must be licensed in terms of the Medicines and Related Substances Act, and, in respect of unregistered medicines, is authorized (by virtue of a permit issued by the Medical Control Council) to import such unregistered medicines.

Ports of entry are limited to Johannesburg International Airport and the airports and harbours of Cape Town, Port Elizabeth and Durban only.

For further information regarding the import/export of this product, please visit www.mccza.com - Documents -Guidelines - Miscellaneous.

Electronics and Machinery including parts may require a Letter of Authority from the National Regulator for Compulsory Specifications (NRCS). It is important that the importer determines the requirements prior to importation.
Data shipments require an invoice with the value of the data and the value of the CD-ROM or disk.
Electronics and Machinery including parts may require a Letter of Authority from the National Regulator for Compulsory Specifications (NRCS). It is important that the importer determines the requirements prior to importation.
Medicine inclusive of complementary medicine available to the public of South Africa is subject to registration with Medicine Control Council to ensure the safety, efficacy and quality of medicines. Importation of medicines for retail requires registration of the medicine and an Import License from the Department of Health.

Unregistered medicine may only be imported inclusive for personal use, if a section 21 permit has been issued by the Department of Health.

Ports of entry are limited to Johannesburg International Airport and the airports and harbours of Cape Town, Port Elizabeth and Durban only.

For further information regarding the import/export, pls visit: http://www.itac.org.za/

The invoice should include a description of the part, the part's components, and the machine that will use the part.
Customers must use an authorized UPS / MBE (Mail Boxes Etc) Store, UPS Customer Center or ISC Approved Shipper to ship personal effects.

The UPS Store, Mail Boxes Etc, UPS Customer Center or ISC approved shipper will be required to identify personal effect shipments on the shipping label by placing "Personal Effects" in the Reference Field of a UPS "smart" label or in the Special Instructions Field of a UPS waybill. They must also clearly indicate 'Personal Effects' shipment on the Commercial Invoice.

Personal Effects are classified as used items (owned for a minimum of 6 months) intended for the consignee's personal use. Any items intended for any other use, such as wholesale or retail sales, business purposes, or for distribution are not considered personal effects and cannot be shipped on this basis. "Personal Effects" must be clearly stated on the invoice and goods description.

All of the following documents must be scanned into DIS/SIR and originals on the package:

An inventory list with estimated values with the reason for importation (holidays, move, relocation) A confirmation that the goods are older than 6 months and that they are intended for personal use only A photocopy of passport or ID card Any items intended for any other use, such as wholesale or retail sales, business purposes, or for distribution are not considered personal effects and cannot be shipped on this basis.

Excisable goods (for example, perfume, alcoholic drinks, tobacco), medicine and perishable food can not be cleared as personal effects.

Personal effects shipments are not allowed in combination with Return Services.

Shipments of petroleum products require an import permit.
Shipments of raw and scrap metal require an import permit.
The invoice must include a detailed description of the sample and indicate whether the sample is marked or mutilated in line with SARS Sample Policy. No more than six items are allowed per consignment. A value for customs purposes must be declared.
The above mentioned item may attract additional enforcement from Other Government Agencies such as the Department of Health.

The relevant departments will review consignments on a case by case basis.

All textile products originating or manufactured in China require a Certificate of Origin (DA59)to be imported.
Gift  A gift is classified as any item sent from a natural person abroad to another natural person in the Republic that is unsolicited by the recipient. These include but are not limited to weddings, birthdays, etc.

In terms of item 412.10  A person can receive two gifts per calendar year, of which the value must not exceed 1 400.00 Rand for each parcel on which the duty will be rebated.

Customs Charges  Should the value of the parcel exceed 1 400.00 Rand, customs charges will be paid on the total price actually paid for the item. On gift parcels where the contents are intended for more than one person and the total declared is more than 1400.00 Rand, customs charges will be paid by the recipients as the rebate cannot be split and the gifts cannot be linked to people other than the recipient.

Important Information: Please note that the following commodities are subject to inspections by the relevant government department before being cleared or dispatched to its intended destination:

All Medications (including prescriptions, vitamins, enhancers, skin lightening creams, etc.) are subject to inspection by Port Health.

Plants, vegetables, etc. are subject to inspection by the Department of Agriculture.

Animals and their articles thereof are subject to inspection by the State Vet.

Please allow up to a period of 48 working hours for the inspection process to be finalised.

Data shipments require an invoice with the character of the USB stick (storing intercompany data) and the value of the USB Stick.

Prohibited or Restricted Commodities

In addition to the commodities which UPS prohibits to all countries or territories served (listed here), it is prohibited to ship the following commodities to South Africa.

Alcoholic beverages are subject to excise duty. The importation of alcoholic beverages can only be accepted on a contractual basis through an International Special Commodities (ISC) contract.

Shipments of alcohol to private individuals are prohibited even if shipped under ISC contract.

If import is of a non-commercial nature, then a Import Exemption Certificate will be required from the department of Agriculture.

If import is of commercial nature, a Liquor License and B - Code permit will be required from the department of Agriculture.

An invoice with an adequate description and country or territory of origin is required.

Shipments of Lithium Metal Batteries are prohibited on Emirates Airlines flights which UPS uses to this destination country or territory.

Alternative arrangements are in place, but expect transit delays if the normal planned flow of the package is via Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Time in Transit may be extended due to solution found.

Passports can only be transported from Embassy in origin country or territory to Embassy in South Africa.
Products made in Iran are prohibited in our service due to a current embargo.

NOTE: Information provided by UPS is provided AS IS, may not be current, and does not constitute legal advice. In no event shall UPS be liable for any errors in the information, forms or features made available by UPS, or by any third party site linked to from UPS. Selection and completion of proper forms for any given shipment is the sole responsibility of the shipper. All shipments are subject to the UPS Terms and Conditions of Service in effect at the time of shipping for the country or territory of origin.
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