Note: It is critical to contact Department of Agriculture and Water Resources prior to the import of pets as requirements and restrictions are dependent upon the country of origin and vary dramatically per type of animal.
CUSTOMS REGULATIONS AND INFORMATION FOR IMPORTS
Customs Form DA 302 and P.1.160
Original Passport (including page with Entry Stamp)
Detailed inventory for attestation
Permanent residence documents / Temporary Residence Permit and Work Permit
Affidavit (stating reason for arrival in to South Africa)
Original Bill of Lading (OBL) / Air Waybill (AWB) Diplomatic Clearance (Diplomats) Certificate from Embassy, signed by South African Department of Foreign Affairs (Diplomats)
The shipper must be present for Customs clearance.
The shipper must possess required documents and forward a copy to agent prior to import.
The shipment of household items, new furniture, and precious metal objects are treated as a commercial import and subject to the payment of full duties.
The following household goods may be imported duty free if meeting the following requirements:
o Works of art forming a part of a bona fide household shipment or are over 100 years old.
o The articles have been in the use and possession for more than 12 months and are not for sale or other disposal.
Returning residents must have been abroad for a period of at least 6 consecutive months.
Diplomats may import items duty free.
Motor Vehicles Import to South Africa
Automobiles / Motorcycles
Customs Form DA 304/A
Document showing that vehicle has been in the owner’s use and possessions abroad for more than 1 year before the importation of the vehicle (e.g., original Purchase Invoice, Insurance Certificate, etc.).
OBL / AWB
Letter of Authority (LOA) issued by the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) in Pretoria (must be submitted at the time of clearance)
Mopeds / Power-Driven Boats with Inboard Engines
Document showing that vehicle has been in owner’s use and possession abroad for more than 1 year prior to importation of the vehicle (original Purchase Invoice, Insurance Certificate, etc.)
LOA / SABS in Pretoria
Caravans / Trailers
LOA / SABS in Pretoria
B. Specific Information
Only left-hand drive motor vehicles purchased after January 1, 2000, can be imported.
The transferee must be in possession of the Import Permit and LOA prior to the arrival of any
motor vehicles, motorbikes, motor scooters, or motorcycles (anything motorized); delays
related to the permit may result in demurrage charges.
The shipper must be in the country at least 10 business days prior to arrival of an ocean
A faxed copy of the LOA and the Import Permit must be received by the agent to avoid a
delay of Customs clearance.
Motorized vehicles should not be shipped until transferee has proven possession of all
required documents to Customs and has received written permission for import.
Temporary residents must pay in cash.
Vehicles cannot be sold for at least 2 years after the date of importation.
The rate of value added tax (VAT) is assessed on the import value of the vehicle.
A fee of R1800.00 per vehicle, payable to the SABS is required.
Incomplete or missing documents may result in the detainment or destruction of the shipment.
Returning residents must pay full duties and taxes.
Temporary residents must provide a Customs bond to cover full duties and taxes and do not
need an Import Permit. A refund may be possible at the time of export; contact agent for
Foreign Diplomats pay no duties or taxes, subject to provisions of the Diplomatic Clearance
Certificate, and proof of value.
RESTRICTED / DUTIABLE ITEMS
Items are subject to the payment of duties.
Local currency of over $10,000; gold coins, coin and stamp collections and unprocessed gold
must be declared.
Endangered species of plants or wildlife, alive or dead, including parts and articles made from
them (require CITES Permit)
Animal and animal byproducts
Medicines for personal use (note from physician and prescription required)
Cigarettes (200), cigars (20), tobacco (250 g)
Perfume (50 ml)
Eau de toilette (250 ml)
Wine / Liquor / Alcohol
o Import Permit and Liquor Removal Certificate required.
o Items subject to payment of duties.
o Documentation requirements must be met prior to the arrival of the shipment.
Dangerous Goods / Firearms
o Import Permit and South African Police Firearm Registrar Certificate SAP 312 are
Note: Travelers may be asked to pay deposit on expensive items like laptops, which is refunded at
re-exported. Returning residents are advised to register personal items (jewelry, watches, cameras,
laptops, etc.) before leaving the country to avoid paying duty on these items upon re-importation.
Plants and vegetable products
Pornographic books and magazines
Walkie-talkies and radios (may include other prohibited communication devices)
Animal products (certain feathers, furs, skins, tusks, or animals identified under protected
The procedure for clearing personal belongings in to the UK has been reviewed and amended by HMRC for duty/ tax free
importation, and the following will apply as of 01 April 2017. Please note that the C3 form will no longer be valid beyond 31 Mar 17.
In order to import personal belongings duty and tax free, an online application for Transfer of Residence (ToR) relief (ToR01) needs
to be made to and approved by HMRC prior to a customs clearance application being made. Once approved, an applicant will be emailed
a unique authorization code which they are required to provide the moving company.
If an importer does not have their code prior to their customs clearance entry being made they will be liable to pay any taxes and
duties before Customs will release their goods. If subsequently an application for ToR Relief is successful they can claim a refund on
any Taxes and Duties they have paid against items where Relief applies (within 6 months).
The Consignee is required to complete an online application form. Click here -> https://goo.gl/tdxqPN
E-Mail size must not exceed 10 MB. If the e-mail exceeds 10 MB, you can split the attachments into few e-mails with
subject line 1 of 3, 2 of 3 etc for example. You must apply without delay as soon as possible before the moving date.
REQUIRED DOCUMENTATION FOR IMPORTATION INTO TURKEY
For foreign citizens, for House hold goods
For foreign citizens, for vehicle;
For returning Turkish citizens, for House hold goods
For returning Turkish citizens, for vehicle;
***** For all above options client’s should be stayed at abroad for min 2 years, and he/she shouldn’t be stayed in Turkiye more than 6 months in per 1 year period.*****
Foreign diplomat or admin personals, for House hold goods
Foreign diplomat or admin personals, for vehicles;
Turkish diplomats for House hold goods
Turkish diplomats for vehicles;
****Foreign Diplomats can import alcholic beverages with diplomatic import permit without any problem, but the others can only import max 2 lts, over 2 lts are forbidden.
****Excluding Foreign diplomats, for all others, there will be broadcast capture fee for the electronical items. (attachec please find fee list)
****Excluding foreign diplomats, for all others, it’s forbidden to import new brand furniture.
TRANSFER OF RESIDENCE REGULATION FOR CONCESSIONS OF DUTY FOR RETURNING PAKISTANIS
All returning Pakistani Nationals who have lived abroad for 2 years or more are eligible for claiming Transfer of Residence Concessions, under T/R Concessions. All “Used Household Goods” like Furniture, Crockery, Kitchenware, Clothing etc are released Duty Free by Local Customs, however Duty/Taxes are applicable on all Electrical Appliances whether used or new.
120 Days Short Visits to Pakistan: Consignees claiming Transfer of Residence must be fully aware that T/R facility is only offered to Pakistanis who have stayed abroad for 2 years or more and during their last 2 years their total visits/stays in Pakistan do not exceed 120 Days. If their total duration of stay exceeds 120 days, they would not be eligible for claiming T/R on their HHG. Subsequently, all HHG would be subject to Customs Duty.
Passport must show Travel Records of the last TWO years To/From Pakistan.
In case of New/Fresh Passport, Old Passport Must also be attached.
15 Days Shipment Deadline: all HHG shipments must be shipped from Origin Port/Airport within 15 Days of arrival of Passenger/Consignee in Pakistan. For e.g. if the Consignee returns back to Pakistan on 1st January, their shipment should be shipped from Origin Port/Airport prior to 15th January & this must reflect in their Bill of Lading /AWB.
FOR PAKISTANI CITIZENS HOLDING DUAL NATIONALITY:
If a person possesses any other country’s nationality/Passport but also has a Pakistani ID Card or a NICOP, he/she can also claim Transfer of Residence Allowances provided he/she fulfills all above Transfer of Residence / TR requirements. Further he/she must also present his/her Original Passport (Any Country/ Not necessarily a Pakistani Passport) & that Passport should contain his/her travel record of the past two years To/Fm Pakistan. If the client has a Fresh Passport, he/she must also attach his/her Old Passport. Further if the Customer also has a Pakistani Passport on which he/she has Pakistan Airport Arrival or Departure Stamps of Last Two Years, he/she will also be required to Attach that Original Pakistani Passport along with other Passport.
Pakistani Passport will NOT be required if No Pakistan Arrival or Departure Stamp is fixed. Customer can also call us for Further Clarifications prior to shipment & we will advise him/her with the complete procedure at this end. Required Documents are listed below.