This barrier is unrelated to the end of the transition period, following the United Kingdom's departure from the EU.

Public ID: PID-9ZKJL9

Lack of enforcement of customs procedures for samples of new exports from the UK to South Africa

in South Africa

Trade barrier summary

This affects samples of products to be exported from the UK to South Africa. The lack of enforcement of the international convention under the Customs and Excise Act (Act No.91 of 1964) for the treatment of samples has resulted in taxes being incorrectly charged. There is also a lack of transparency of customs procedures, and application by customs officials, which has resulted in the risk of a product being destroyed. For goods to be cleared in South Africa, the goods declaration will be checked against the documents produced, such as a certificate of origin. The goods are then examined, then an assessment and collection of VAT or duty is calculated.

Sectors affected

  • All sectors



Date reported

25 September 2020

Last updated

18 December 2020

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