The state of the South African economy today is defined by its history. Currently it is a promising, growing market and the most sophisticated and developed economy in the entirety of the continent. But it has its own unique struggles too.

More and more, intelligent business people are doing business in South Africa. As it is uniquely placed, it has certain demands and potential markets to be entered and invested in. Currently, top UK exports to the country are non-metallic minerals, vehicles, drinks, and pharmaceutical products.

It is clear that there are markets to be made the most of in South Africa. You should be made aware of the rules that surround importing into the country when deciding how to progress with exporting there.

South Africa’s import process is complicated – there are more than 90,000 different tariff codes a product could fall under, and these are applied to all imports to the country. The tariff code must be inserted on the customs declaration, so it is vital that you have a clear and full description of the shipment before importing, otherwise it could hold up the whole process. And if goods could reasonably fit under two categories, it is up to you to contact the local South African Revenue Service office.

If you are shipping items to a business partner, they must also register with Customs South Africa to get an importer’s code before transport.

The process is complex, and easy to get wrong – or suffer penalties or overpayment of tax. It’s important to have a logistics partner who can clear South African customs without difficulties.

Carry Cargo International are a reputable agent who can make sure all the relevant paperwork is prepared and fees are paid. We’re the partner you need to set up a reliable export network in South Africa.

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