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


Delays obtaining authorisation letters impacting UK exporters in South Africa

in South Africa

Trade barrier summary

Delays in obtaining authorisation letters from the National Regulator for Compulsory Specifications (NRCS) can be bureaucratic and costly. There appears to be limited capacity in local testing and certification agencies, which can add to the delays. The electro-technical unit can take on average 240-500 days to issue a letter of authorisation, despite a minister-stipulated ceiling of 120 calendar days.

Sectors affected

  • All sectors



Date reported

18 June 2019

Last updated

18 December 2020

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