News & Events

November 13, 2017

Dear Members Reminder that our last meeting for 2017 will be held on Tuesday 14 November 2017  at the Durban Country Club  Isaiah Ntshangase Road Durban at 9.00 a.m. All members are welcome Hilary Augustus SAAFF-KZN Secretariat  

November 10, 2017

Please read the attached with regards to future Customs Acts roadshows to be held Letter to trade – Customs roadshows Nov 2017

November 7, 2017

SARS has extended an invitation to specific attendees to discus the technical aspects on the Draft Rules, as per below Agenda, relating to the implementation of the sugar tax on imported beverages. Schedule 1 Part 7A It follows that any and all minutes, notes and/or presentations will be posted on the SAAFF website thereafter. Topics…

Please see attached details for Doringkloof Stakeholder meeting Gauteng Members should note: 1. the escalation sequence for ORTIA Case Managment and 2. SARS will raise penalties on late clearances, specifically in respect of clearances from the State Warehouse. email from Christopher Skosana Good morning Stakeholders SWH has noted with concern the number of late clearances…

November 3, 2017

There will be systems maintenance at SARS on Friday, 3 November 2017, 17h30 to 19h30  Stakeholders are therefore urged to submit priority declarations by 17h00 on 3 November 2017 to avoid any delays to their transactions. Customs  will be available during maintenance at land border posts should you require any assistance

November 2, 2017

Please read the attached for information relating to the TOC Africa 2017 Conference PLEASE NOTE:  20% DISCOUNT FOR SAAFF MEMBERS SAAFF_TOC_Africa

October 13, 2017

There will be systems maintenance at SARS on Friday, 13 October 2017, 17h30 to 19h30:  Stakeholders are therefore urged to submit priority declarations by 17h00 on 13 October 2017 to avoid any delays to their transactions. Customs will be available during maintenance at land border posts should you require any assistance.

October 4, 2017

You are cordially invited to the Doringkloof Stakeholder meeting to be held on the  12 October  2017. Agenda for stakeholder meeting for Doringkloof office Invitation for a meeting 12 October 2017 STAKEHOLDER MEETING DATE AND VENUE DRAFT PLAN 2017 Stakeholders Minutes 2017-09-14

September 28, 2017

Please be advised that the auction will take place at 10 Mpulelo Road, Kazerne.  The auctioneers are Dynamic Auctioneers – http://www.dynamicauctioneers.co.za/ Office 1     0861 55 22 88 Office 2     012 004 0129 Viewing days are Monday and Tuesday and all participants will be required to register.  You may register on the viewing days…

September 27, 2017

Please see the attached list of items going on auction JHB – AUCTION LIST FOR 4 October 2017.01

September 22, 2017

Members who are involved in reporting on conveyance and goods i.e. Carriers, Terminals, Cargo Depots, NVOC etc should note the upcoming  workshops. Whilst the workshops are of a technical nature i.e. the technical service providers MUST attend, SAAFF attends in the capacity of representing the Customs Brokers. The Agenda for this meeting will be forwarded…

September 20, 2017

The contest is open to young freight forwarders whose age will not be over 32 in the competition year with 2 years full-time forwarding work experience would be preferable but not mandatory. The international award comprises two weeks of practical and academic training. One week’s of academic training in London and one week’s practical training…

September 19, 2017

Workshop on the discussion of comments received on the Draft Deferment Rules to the Customs Duty Act, 2014 You are hereby invited to attend a workshop session to be held on the comments received on the draft deferment rules: Discussion of comments received on the draft rules  11 October 2017  10:00 – 11:30 2nd floor, Linton House…

When: 27 September 2017 10:00 AM-12:00 PM Where: Multi Functional room, 1st Floor, ROR Buiding, 49 New Quay Ave, New Redruth, Alberton Kindly make yourselves available for the Customs Stakeholder Meeting. Inputs for the agenda will be welcomed. Minutes of the previous meeting, external communications and the City Deep Project team and updated processing HUB…

August 28, 2017

Please see the attached invitatio to the Aviation Safety Campaign. Sincerely yours SAAFF Communications Invitation – Aviation Safety Campaign Aug 17

August 22, 2017

Automechanika, Futuroad & Scalex JNB Expos – 27 – 30 Sep 17 The following 3 Expos, Automechanika, Futuroad and Scalex will be held at Expo Centre, Nasrec from the 27th to 30th September 2017. Should any of our members be interested please visit the link below. Free online trade visitor registration for attending, click on…

August 17, 2017

Please see attached the presentation from SOJO that was presented to ACOC. This is regarding economic development in the South of Johannesburg. Contact people: 1.Richard Bennet – Marketing Director iPROP  – Cell: 082 455 9373   Tel: 011 496 1777 2.Andrew Barker – Development Consultant     – Cell: 083 274 4424   Tel: 011 680 9791 SOJO KlipSA…

August 11, 2017

Please find attached the Agenda for the Meeting to be held on Thursday,  17th August 2017 on the Ground Floor, 12 Skeen Boulevard, Bedfordview at 14.15pm.   The Minutes of the meeting held on the 27th July 2017 are attached. Sincerely yours SAAFF Communications SAAFF Gauteng Agenda 17 Aug 17 & Minutes of Mtg 27 Jul 17…

August 3, 2017

You are cordially invited to the Doringkloof Stakeholder meeting to be held on the  10 August 2017.  New matters for discussion and amendments  to the minutes from the previous meeting, may be sent to: Pseshabela@sars.gov.za, jmadiba@sars.gov.za before the meeting of the 10 August  2017. Should you not be attending the meeting, please do not respond…

July 27, 2017

You are cordially invited to attend an engagement session regarding the Truck Appointment System. The intention of the session is to discuss the following: Impact of unassigned containers on terminal operations Update the depots,  Clearing Companies and Shipping line on the design features the new  all-inclusive Pilot Truck Appointment system  to Go –Live on 1st…

You are cordially invited to attend an engagement session regarding the Truck Appointment System. The intention of the session is to discuss the following: Impact of unassigned containers on terminal operations Update the depots,  Clearing Companies and Shipping line on the design features the new  all-inclusive Pilot Truck Appointment system  to Go –Live on 1st…

July 24, 2017

  Dear Members The SAAFF Gauteng Meeting will take place on the Thursday 27th July 2017 at 14.15pm on the Ground Floor, SAFCEC House, 12 Skeen Boulevard Bedfordview.    There will be a presentation given by ACSA commencing at 14.15pm followed by another presentation by Johan Marais on the new SARS Customs Deferment Model. Please confirm…

July 21, 2017

Tony Dalmeida will be giving a presentation on the potential impact on our industry of forthcoming changes to the BBBEE codes and consequent changes to companies BEE status. Venue –  Durban Country Club, 101 Isaiah Ntshangase Rd, Stamford Hill, Durban, 4001 Date –    Tuesday  1 August 2017 Time –    10.30 a.m. – 12.30…

December 1, 2017

Please find attached the Summary Report re the recent FIATA World Congress held in Kuala Lumpur during the month of October 2017. Sincerely yours SAAFF Communications REPORT ON THE FIATA 2017 CONGRESS  

November 13, 2017

Please find below an overview of the CTU Code of Practice and various links to useful information on this subject. As you are likely already aware, many incidents in transport are attributed to poor practices in the packing of cargo transport units, including inadequate securing of the cargo, overloading and incorrect declaration of contents. This…

November 10, 2017

Please see the attached document received from Airports Company South Africa concerning the recent outbreak of the Plague. Sincerely yours SAAFF Communications Port Health SOP 10 Nov 17

December 11, 2017

The amendments are extensive and in large part seek to align the reporting requirements under section 8 of the Customs and Excise Act, 91 of 1064 with the requirements of Chapter 3 of the Customs Control Act, 31 of 2014. The return date for comment is 19 January 2018 and members are requested to submit…

December 8, 2017

There will be systems maintenance at SARS on Friday, 8 December 2017, 18h00 to 19h00:  Stakeholders are therefore urged to submit priority declarations by 17h00 8 December 2017 to avoid any delays to their transactions. Customs  will be available during maintenance at land border posts should you require any assistance.

It is my pleasure to inform you that the SAAFF Board has agreed to apply for Professional Body status from SAQA. The first step in this important journey towards the professionalisation of the logistics/freight forwarding fraternity, is the establishment of an interim Professional Body Board, to drive the recognition process. For this purpose, we would…

December 7, 2017

Members involved in pick-and-pack and reverse logistics in the extended supply chain, may find the proposed waste management plan in respect of paper and paper packaging, of interest. Govt notice – Dept Env Affairs  

Following the earlier distribution of the “Customs Technical Work session Document” please find attached the following technical documents relating to the implementation of Sugar Levy (31 March 2018). These documents contain detailed requirements with regards to systems upgrades required for import and export declarations in terms of “Sugar Levy” goods. An updated “Guide for the…

KINDLY NOTE THAT THIS DOCUMENT ONLY PERTAINS TO CUSTOMS (IMPORTS AND EXPORTS) Subsequent to the meeting on 1 November 2017, interactions with stakeholders have resulted in the various changes reflected in the attachment. The main changes are as per the second attachment: Customs Technical Work Session 7 Nov 2017 – UPDATED Updates 2017 PLEASE ALSO…

December 4, 2017

With Musina [Beitbridge] being the Gateway, both North and South, we note the designation of the Musina – Makhado Special Economic Zone [ Energy and Metallurgical Zone] with interest. Members will be aware that Lin Botha is our SAAFF Director for Land Borders and Road Transport and hopefully our industry will share in the opportunities…

Members should note the return date for comment is two months following the date of publication of the Notice. Amendment of spec. for canned fish

Please find attached, the minutes from the November KZN monthly Stakeholder meeting 22-11-2017 – Minutes of Monthly Stakeholders Meeting

December 1, 2017

The Ports Regulator has announced the Record of Decision for National Port Authority tariff for the year 2018/19 as follows. An overall increase of 2.5% which compares with the NPA application for 8.45% Container cargo dues:                                                                                Zero Increase Ro-Ro cargo dues:                                                                                     Zero Increase All other cargo dues:                                                                                   5.4% Increase All…

About the IATA-FIATA Air Cargo Program (IFACP) The air cargo industry has undergone significant changes over recent years, including the emergence of new business relationships between forwarders and airlines. Today’s freight forwarders in most cases conduct business as principals and carrier customers, instead of acting as agent of a carrier. IATA and FIATA recognized the…

November 30, 2017

The South African Association of Freight Forwarders (SAAFF) submits commentary on the Draft Rule Amendment – Health promotion levy on sugary beverages. The Draft Rule amendment is read in conjunction with the provisions for the sugar levy under the Customs and Excise Act, 91 of 1964 as introduced in the Rates and Monetary Amounts Bill….

November 27, 2017

Please see the attached for detail Dept of Trade & Industry 920

Please see the attached for the latest revised Customs Code list CustomsCodeLists_22Nov2017_Excel972003

November 24, 2017

Please see the attached container, terminal  and breakbulk handling tariffs CONTAINER TARIFFS 1 April 2018 – SAAFF_ standard container terminal tariffs 1 april 18 BREAKBULK CONTAINER HANDLING TARIFFS 1 april 18  

November 23, 2017

Members are reminded of the deadline, 30 November 2017, for comments on the imposition of the “sugar tax” and for ease of reference the technical workshop notes and draft rules are attached/reflected. Customs Technical Meeting – 7 November 2017 Final 26 October 2017 Legal Counsel – Preparation of Legislation – Draft Documents for Public Comment…

November 21, 2017

The correction notice refers to certain tariff subheadings that were omitted from the GG 41257 of 17 November 2017.   Publication Details Description Implementation Date Date GG and Notice Numbers   20 November 2017 New! GG.41257 R.1294 Correction Notice – Amendment in Part 1 of Schedule No. 1 by the substitution of tariff subheading 3901.10;…

November 20, 2017

The long awaited Consolidated List of Prohibited and Restricted Imports and Exports has now been published. The arrangement of goods according to the HS Tariff are in some instances down to 8 digit level. Kindly access the List by following the below link. Prohibited, restricted and counterfeit goods The main difference between prohibitions and restrictions…

November 17, 2017

The amendments are extensive and should be read in junction with the explanatory notes. Kindly follow the below link to access the amendments.   16 November 2017 Legal Counsel – Secondary Legislation – Tariff Amendments 2017 Customs & Excise Act, 1964 The Tariff Amendment Notices scheduled for publication in the Government Gazette relate to the…

In order for SAAFF to raise this with Durban border police at the highest level, we require specific details.  Should you have experienced problems with Gauteng bound containers being stopped by Durban border police, please provide all details pertaining to the incident/s. you may address your communication to hwatson@saaff.org.za  

November 16, 2017

In  order to prevent unnecessary delays when containers are stopped, please ensure that the documents in the attached list, are submitted to SAPS Documents required by SAPS in the case of a container stoppage

November 15, 2017

The year-end embargo on transport of abnormals and withdrawal of police escorts, means no extra abnormals can move over the dates mentioned Abnormal embargo dates

This is a reminder for those members who could/did not attend the SARS Customs NCAP briefing session. SARS has extended a further invitation as per the attachment. The Pretoria venue will be advised in due course. Letter to trade – Customs roadshows Nov 2017  

November 13, 2017

The Agenda and Minutes for the upcoming SARS Alberton Stakeholder meeting, scheduled for 29 November 2017 are attached. We trust that you will find the agenda and minutes useful, the purpose of which is to keep you informed of the issues and happenings in the Regions. Agenda for stakeholder meeting November 2017

November 9, 2017

Please see the attached with regards to the upliftment of the force majeure at Durban terminals Lifting of the force majeure 08 Nov 2017

The attached discussion document serves to inform the processes that will underline the implementation of the levy on sugary beverages. To access the Draft rules and proposed Tariff items under Schedule 1 Part 7A please follow the links in the notes. Please feel free to submit comments to jmarais@saaff.org.za by no later than 27 November…

November 3, 2017

Date What is it? What is it about? 2 November 2017 Legal Counsel – Secondary Legislation – Tariff Amendments 2017 Customs & Excise Act, 1964 The Tariff Amendment Notices scheduled for publication in the Government Gazette relate to the amendment to – Part 1 of Schedule No. 1, by the substitution of tariff subheadings 1001.91…

November 1, 2017

Members will be aware of the World Bank’s “Doing Business” report which is conducted annually and serves as an indicator of the ease of doing business in South Africa.  SA’s ranking specifically in “Trading Across Borders” will be of interest. The report can be accessed by following the link: http://www.doingbusiness.org/~/media/WBG/DoingBusiness/Documents/Profiles/Country/ZAF.pdf)  

Members are aware that the SARS workshop, in response to commentary submitted by trade and industry on the Draft rules, elicited robust and spontaneous response from the floor, due in no small measure to the fact that SARS posted their presentation on their website on the same day as the workshop. Whilst there was appreciation…

Members please note the date for comment is 30 days from the date of publication. Dept of Environmental Affairs – import.export of waste

FOR THOSE AFFECTED – PLEASE TAKE NOTE OF THE FOLLOWING X.400 as a communications medium for EDI with SARS, will only be supported for the next 12 months going forward (i.e. until end of October 2018).  This is due to the age of the technology and limited support available. Service providers using X.400 are thus…

October 31, 2017

Please see the attached for the latest Transnet update on Piers 1 and 2 Transnet update – Piers 1 and 2 30.10.17

October 30, 2017

Members should free to submit comments/observations to jmarais@saaff.org.za. Kindly note the return date for comment is 30 November 2017 with the effective date being 1 April 2018. The tax applies equally to imported and domestic manufacturers and note should be taken of the methodologies to determine the sugar content.   30 November 2017 New! Customs…

October 27, 2017

Please see the attached for the update on the situation at Piers 1 and 2 Transnet Update – Pier 1 and 2 26 October

The subject Bills have been published and cover a range of amendments to the Customs and Excise Act 91; Customs Duty Act, 30 and Customs Control Act, 31 the Bills can be accessed by following the below links. Members should feel free to direct comments/observations to jmarais@saaff.org.za.   25 October 2017 Legal Counsel – Preparation of…

October 24, 2017

Members should note the time frame allowed for commentary. NRCS – Regulatory Req for Imported Fish

Kindly note the effective date of the amendment and the effect on importers already registered under the current specifications. DTI Amend for Chemical Disinfectant

The applications are extensive and cover a wide range of flat steel products. Kindly note the date for comment is two weeks from the date of publication of the Notice. Customs Tariff Appl 12.2017

The applications are extensive and cover a wide range of flat steel products. Kindly note the date for comment is two weeks from the date of publication of the Notice. Customs Tariff Appl 12.2017

Dear Members Attached are the minutes of the October SAAFF KZN Chapter’s EXCO meeting. Follow this link SAAFFKZN Exco Min 10 October 2017 Thank you SAAFF-Communications  

Please see the attached for the latest update on conditions at Pier 1 and Pier 2 Transnet Update – Pier 1 and 2

October 23, 2017

Please find attached presentation for your attention. Learnership Allowance Amendments 2017 (003)

Please find attached presentation for your attention. Learnership Allowance Amendments 2017 (003)

Global Maritime Legal Solutions (GMLS) is in the process of the development of occupational learning materials for the QCTO for: Clearing and Forwarding Agent [SAQA ID 96368] and Supply Chain Practitioner [SAQA ID 99111] NQF Level 5 qualifications. They are currently consulting widely with our industry as is required by the QCTO for both these…

SAAFF met with SARS on Friday for an update on the progress made in firstly catching-up with the backlog and secondly, what measures are being put in place to address the issues in finalising service manager inspections. Beyers Theron, Centre of Excellence, has assumed management and full control of the hubs and already there are…

October 20, 2017

Please see the attached for information relating to vessel bypass of Durban port Pier1 and Pier2 vessels bypass Durban

October 19, 2017

Please see the attached update from TFR TRANSNET STORM EVENT – Pier 2 Pier 1 Status Update 19 OCTOBER 2017

Whilst SARS has covered most of the questions raised, it would appear that a measure for containers manifested for Johannesburg which would ordinarily be removed by rail, in bond, to City Deep under the provisions of section 18 of the Act, has not been provided for. We have raised this with SARS and will keep…

October 18, 2017

We have, since implementation of the C&E Escalations portal, experienced an improvement in the finalisation of service manager stops.  To further support this initiative, members are kindly requested to abide by SARS’ request as follows: For better coordination, we request that you inform your members of the following; The escalations mailbox is to be used…

At the recent FIATA General Meeting in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Mr Basil Pietersen was re-elected to the FIATA presidency, we, at SAAFF are honoured to have his presence in the industry a bit longer as we work towards the FIATA World Congress in Cape Town from the 1st to 5th October 2019. Congratulations to Mr…

October 16, 2017

The SARS presentation in response to commentary on the Draft Rules for Deferment under the Customs Duty Act is attached for ease of reference. Frank and robust discussion followed the presentation and whilst it was appreciated that SARS accepted certain recommendations the issue that remains unresolved is articulated in: Slide 5. Rule 3.11(2)(a): Exclusion of…

October 13, 2017

The workshop followed the letter and undertaking of the Chief Officer: Customs and Excise to address the issues being experienced with the Goods Control and National Processing Pool. In this regard Members are aware that a SAAFF/SARS working group has been established which includes the Regional customs portfolio representatives. The first order of business was…

October 12, 2017

MEDIA RELEASE Marine operations partially resumed at the Port of Durban     11 October 2017  Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) is pleased to announce that marine operations at the Port of Durban have been partially resumed following disruptions caused by inclement weather experienced on Tuesday, 10 October 2017.  As of 18h30, TNPA has declared 80% of…

Please find attached communique issued on behalf of Transnet National Ports Authority Chief Executive, Shulami Qalinge. Stakeholder Letter_Weather Collab_1 20171011

The Border Management Authority Bill is again open for comment, this time written submissions are to be submitted to the Standing Committee on Social Services. We have submitted substantial commentary as have a number of business collectives, however should you wish to submit further or extended commentary please forward same to jmarais@saaff.org.za  which will be…

October 11, 2017

Please find attached the Port Health information concerning the outbreak of PLAGUE in Madagascar. This a highly infectious illness and should be treated with extreme caution.   Sincerely yours SAAFF Communications Alert – Plague Oct 17 Fact Sheet Plague Oct 17

Please be advised that the severe storm that hit KZN Durban yesterday (10 October 2017) has caused damage to Durban MPT (Point) critical infrastructures (such as power supply and support to operating systems). Unfortunately, at present the Terminal is not in a position to honor approved Container Booking Requests to receive and/or dispatch Containers from…

Please read the attached regarding gale force winds at Durban terminals DCT Gale force wind Force Majeure

Please see the attached with regards to weather-related incidents in the port of Durban Weather related incidents – Durban

The purpose of posting the minutes of the Regional SARS/SAAFF meetings is to make members aware of the issues being experienced in other Regions. Whilst there may be differences in approaches to resolving issues, SARS should be consistent in applying policy and standard operating procedures.   It is hoped that through these communications Members may…

October 10, 2017

Members should note that the invitations to attend the SARS NCAP working group meetings are sent out by SARS to the nominated representatives of the various Trade forums i.e. BUSA, RFA, SAAFF, SASOA etc. The SAAFF nominees are Dave Logan, Richard Mallabone, Currie Pisapia and  Johan Marais.   When necessary we will co-opt additional specialists…

October 9, 2017

Please find attached for your attention. Many thanks International Trade Administration Commission of SA (ITAC)

The attached letter from the Office of the Chief Officer: Customs and Excise should be read in the spirit of the Memorandum of Cooperation between SARS and SAAFF and serves as the basis for continued discussion and interaction. In this regard a National Operational Working Group has been established, the first meeting is scheduled for…

October 6, 2017

Date What is it? What is it about? 5 October 2017 Legal Counsel – Secondary Legislation – Tariff Amendments 2017 Customs & Excise Act, 1964 The Tariff Amendment Notices scheduled for publication in the Government Gazette relate to the amendment to – Part 1 of Schedule No. 1, by the substitution of tariff subheading 9612.10…

October 4, 2017

Members are aware of the letter addressed to the Chief Officer: Customs and Excise in which we stated that should there be no improvement in efficiencies by 6th October, the alternative would be to escalate the issues to higher levels.   The response from SARS has been immediate, a core SAAFF working group will be…

Please find attached for your information. Addendum To The SOPCT Addendum To The TPT Standard SOPCT APPENDIX D_EARLY ARRIVAL APPLICATION SOPCT APPENDIX E_LATE ARRIVAL APPLICATION SOPCT APPENDIX J_APPLICATION TO AMEND BOOKING DETAILS

October 3, 2017

  Following the meeting with the Chief Customs officer, Senior Executives and the SAAFF Board on 21st September 2017 it was expected of SARS to implement measures to improve efficiencies.    From all accounts and continued requests for assistance in finalising the interventions it would appear that improvements have not been realised.   As a…

October 2, 2017

Members should note that the REDISA arrangement has been withdrawn as per the below publication and replaced by the attached Waste Tyre Regulations. National Enviromental Management Waste Act 2008

Members should note the cut-off dates for the various categories of goods that qualify for preferential duty under the Agreement. Application For Market Access Permits

September 29, 2017

Publication Details Description Implementation Date Date GG and Notice Numbers   29 September 2017 New! GG. R. Amendment to Part 1 of Schedule No. 1, by the substitution of tariff subheadings 1001.91 and 1001.99 as well as 1101.00.10 and 1101.00.90 to increase the rate of customs duty on wheat and wheaten flour from 37.93c/kg and…

September 28, 2017

The amendment makes provision for separate 8 digit subheadings under TH2809.20. The rationale is explained in the explanatory note. Return date for comment is 13 October 2017.   13 October 2017 New! Customs & Excise Act, 1964 Draft Amendment Part 1 of Schedule No. 1 to create 8-digit tariff subheadings under 2809.20 to include a…

DAILY PROGRESS REPORT : NATIONAL PROCESSING POOL & GOODS CONTROL PROJECTS Meeting with Chief Customs Officer and Senior Executives and SAAFF Board The meeting proved useful and re-established the significance of the Memorandum of Cooperation. SAAFF tabled and promoted certain proposals to improve efficiencies in respect of the Projects which are clearly articulated in the…

September 27, 2017

Please read the attached document from ACSA OR Tambo International Airport regarding impromptu Maintenance Engineering Ad-hoc Walk-about. Sincerely yours SAAFF Communications 26 September 2017 Impromptu Maintenance Engineering Ad-hoc Walk-about  

Please read attached document relating to the recent meeting held with the Chief Officer Customs & Excise and his Executives on Thursday last week. We presented an update on Phase 1 of the project with the North-West University on the analysis of customs stops. Sincerely yours SAAFF Communications SAAFF Directors Meeting with SARS Executives –…

The attached presentation formed the basis of the discussions that took place on Thursday 21st September 2017 with SARS Chief Customs & Excise Officer and his Senior Executives.    A further communition will be directed shortly. Sincerly yours SAAFF Communications SAAFF SARS Executive Meeting 21 September 2017 Final V  

September 26, 2017

Members should note that the due date for comment is 4 weeks from the date of publication. The applications include: review of the duty on certain paper products of Heading 48.10; Exclusion of adult diapers under rebate Item 412.13; decrease in the rate of duty on canola/rape seed in Heading 12.05; provision for a rebate…

September 22, 2017

Please see attached for details Draft Rule Amendments Sep 2017

September 21, 2017

Please find attached an Updated Customs Code List, as follows:   2017.09.21 0.35 * Facilities Code List 14 – inserted the following: –  Code “M9”   Berry & Donaldson Pty Ltd  (ORTIA) CustomsCodeLists_21Sep2017_Excel972003

Please be advised that the RCG Technical Meeting scheduled for Thursday, 28 September has been cancelled. A new invitation will be forwarded shortly. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.  

DAILY PROGRESS REPORT : NATIONAL PROCESSING POOL & GOODS CONTROL PROJECTS WRITTEN FEEDBACK FROM SARS CUSTOMS ON THE MEETING DATED 14 SEPTEMBER  The notes of the SAAFF/SARS meeting of the 14th September are attached.  REGIONAL REPORTS Gauteng : There is a general sense of improvement in addressing the backlog of physical inspections.  Finalisation however remains…

September 20, 2017

E-MAIL TO MEMBERS :  REQUEST FOR INFORMATION FROM SARS  It has been brought to our attention that SARS KZN has requested the following information  from some of our members : Revenue estimates in terms of Customs duty and VAT payments for the month of September 2017 Possible growth or decline in business, and if so,…

The attached article is significant, the court found that goods which are under customs control and have entered into consumption through acts of Vis Major and /or Force Majeure, in this instance a robbery, would qualify for entry under rebate in terms of Item 412.09. It is our experience that SARS has always applied the rule…

September 19, 2017

DAILY PROGRESS REPORT : NATIONAL PROCESSING POOL & GOODS CONTROL PROJECTS  WRITTEN FEEDBACK FROM SARS CUSTOMS ON THE MEETING DATED 14 SEPTEMBER  Still await the written confirmation of this meeting and we have requested an urgent response  . The meeting notes are circulating internally at SARS for confirmation.  REGIONAL REPORTS  Gauteng : There is a…

The attached application requests a temporary rebate on the safe-guard duty on certain steel products under the provisions of Schedule 4 of the Customs and Excise Act and subject to a permit issued by the International Trade Administration Commission. Kindly note that comment should be submitted within 14 days of the date of publication. Customs…

SARS’ draft Response Document to the comments received on the TLAB and TALAB 2017 can be accessed by following the below links. There are no impacts on existing Customs and Excise Acts, however please feel free to submit comment, if any, to jmarais@saaff.org.za   Preparation of Legislation – Response Documents National Legislation The following draft…

Kindly access the proposed amendments by following the below link. Please note that certain amendments have been proposed to accommodate requests from the private sector, these amendments are explained in the explanatory memorandum. Comment if any should please be forwarded to jmarais@saaff.org.za before 13 October 2017. 13 October 2017 New! Customs & Excise Act, 1964…

September 15, 2017

PROGRESS REPORT ON YESTERDAYS MEETING IN ALBERTON WITH SARS CUSTOMS SENIOR MANGEMENT IN RESPECT OF THE GOODS CONTROL PROJECT AND THE NATIONAL PROCESSING POOL Following our meeting with SARS Customs Senior Executives on the 4thSeptember, at our insistence a follow up meeting took place in Alberton yesterday.     We again expressed our disappointment at not having…

The rate of duty on sugar classified in TH17.01 has been increased from FREE to R213.1 cents per kilogram.   Publication Details Description Implementation Date Date GG and Notice Numbers   15 September 2017 New! GG. R. Amendment of Part 1 of Schedule No. 1, by the substitution of tariff subheadings 1701.12, 1701.13, 1701.14, 1701.91,…

Richards Bay and Saldanha Bay  are now designated places where container depots may be established.   Publication Details Description Implementation Date Date GG and Notice Numbers     15 September 2017 New! GG. R. Amendment of rule 200.08, published in Government Notice R.1874 of 8 December 1995, to amend the places where container depots may…

September 14, 2017

Most if not all, will be aware of SARS’s decision to move away from implementing Registration, Licensing and Accreditation (RLA), as expressed during the recent Roadshow, to partial implementation of Reporting of Conveyance and Goods (RCG).  This is a high level overview and affects all parties in the supply chain including Freight Forwarders and Customs Brokers,…

Please read the attached document relating to the recent Customs Stakeholders Meeting held on the 23rd August 2017. Sincerely yours SAAFF Communications – KZN MONTHLY STAKEHOLDER for 23.08.2017 (Autosaved) (3)

September 13, 2017

The Draft Guide to the Employment Tax Incentive Act 2013 can be accessed by following the below link. Kindly note the return date for comment 31 October 2017.   Date What is it? What is it about? 12 September 2017 Legal Counsel – Preparation of Legislation – Draft Documents for Public Comment Employment Tax Incentive…

September 12, 2017

The below extract will inform members of the state of play regarding Trade Agreements. The list, which can be accessed on the DTI website will be posted as and when change/progress is reported. Update – Trade Agreements  

September 11, 2017

Western Cape members may want to scrutinise the proclamation of the Atlantis Special Economic zone. Dept of T&I Sep 2017  

Please read the attached document received from ACSA regarding Scheduled Electrical Maintenance at OR Tambo International Airport, from the 12-14 September 2017. Sincerely yours SAAFF Communications SCHEDULED ELECTRICAL MAINTENANCE 12 – 14 SEPTEMBER 2017

September 8, 2017

Kindly note changes to the Customs facilities Code Lists. 2017.09.08 0.34 *  District Office Code List 1 – inserted the following:   – Code “PON” denoting Port of Nqgura (Coega) * Facilities Code List 14 – cancelled the following: –  Code “59”  Pyramid/Union Transport Depot – terminated on 2017 08 23 CustomsCodeLists_08Sep2017_Excel972003

This was the first of a number of “technical workshops” aimed primarily at the technical service providers to enable them to align systems in anticipation of implementation of the Reporting requirements of conveyances and goods (RCG). This is an up-scaled version  of  the Manifest Reporting System (MPR in line with the requirements of the Customs…

Please note that SARS Senior Management is meeting at City Deep this morning to address the delays being experienced due to implementation of the National Pool Declaration Processing and Goods Control Project. Members will be kept informed of developments.  

Following meetings with SARS Senior Management, the below response has been released for publication on our website.  We will continue to interact directly with SARS and keep you informed accordingly. Thanks again for speedily bringing your concerns directly to us.  As indicated in the meeting, there are some challenges that were not anticipated on the…

7 September2017 Legal Counsel – Secondary Legislation – Tariff Amendments 2017 Customs & Excise Act, 1964 The Tariff Amendment Notice scheduled for publication in the Government Gazette relates to the amendment of Part 1 of Schedule No. 1, by the substitution of tariff subheadings 1001.91 and 1001.99 as well as 1101.00.10 and 1101.00.90 to reduce…

September 7, 2017

Please find attached meeting invitation, agenda for the meeting and the minutes from the previous meeting Members outside of the Gauteng region  should feel free to submit comments on the minutes to jmarais@saaff.org.za. Invitation for a meeting 14 September 2017 Agenda for stakeholder meeting for Doringkloof office Stakeholders Minutes 2017-08-10  

Following the recent presentations to SAAFF Members by the Tax Ombud and the subsequent publication relating to the delaying tactics of SARS in granting refunds, some may want to attend the Tax Indaba 2017. Please access the Tax Ombud website for further details. Catch the Tax Ombud at the Tax Indaba 2017.  Click below for…

SARS has now (belatedly) made available a presentation to introduce the National Pool declaration process flow. Members are urged to pursue issues as per the contact list and if not resolved timeously, to elevate to the Executive, Penny Bologo. Stakeholder Presentation – Customs Excise Processing 31 August 2017

September 6, 2017

The DAFF has requested that Members advise their clients of the attached Draft which impacts on the importation of meat. The return date for comment is 15 September 2017. Dept of Agriculture Draft VPN 52 2017

September 1, 2017

Please see the attached organogram for the processing centre in Durban – August 2017 Sincerely yours SAAFF Communications Customs Compliance Centre Organogram – Durban Processing Centre – Aug 2017

Members should note that the tariff amendments in the Schedules to the Customs and Excise Act, 91 are supported by various reports, notably ITAC. The rationale for the amendments are usually supported by these reports. Members may want to download and attach the reports when advising their clients.   31 August 2017 Legal Counsel –…

August 31, 2017

Please be advised that there will be systems maintenance being done at SARS on Friday, 1 September 2017 from 17h45 to 19h45, intermittent delays may be experienced. Stakeholders are therefore urged to submit priority declarations by 17h00 on Friday, 1 September 2017 to avoid any delays to their transactions. All customs services at land border posts will…

August 28, 2017

The full text of the amendments can be accessed by following the below link. Interesting to note that provision under Rebate Item 317.03 has now been made for off-highway dump trucks.   Date What is it? What is it about? 24 August 2017 Legal Counsel – Secondary Legislation – Tariff Amendments 2017 Customs & Excise…

Please read the attached document concerning the MOU between the Competition Commission and SABS which may be of interest. Sincerely yours SAAFF Communications gg41064_nn858 MOU Between the Competition Commission and SABS 28 Aug 17  

August 22, 2017

The purpose of the posting of this notice is to make Members aware of impending legislation that will impact on the importation of certain electric cables and for Members to advise their clients accordingly. Amendment to Cable Ruling

August 18, 2017

Please see the attached letter from the Transnet Chief Information Officer regarding the Order to Cash system Order to Cash system downtime_15082017 Ash_FINAL  

August 16, 2017

The attached DAFF Draft Notice VPN/52/2017 serves as a heads-up for those members with clients importing raw/unprocessed meat.  Members should feel free to submit comment to jmarais@saaff.org.za relating to the customs clearance procedure.  Should your client wish to submit comment  directly to the DAFF: KL Molele Designation: Control Veterinary Public Health Officer Directorate: Veterinary Public Health…

The O2C system was back on line on Friday afternoon.  The health checks have been concluded and NPA is confident of the system’s ability to handle both EDI and Online customers.

Attached please find the minutes of the NCESF meeting held on the 29 June at Megawatt Park and the Preferred Trader presentation. NCESF Minutes 29 June 2017 Presentation NCAP 28 June (3) TFA Stakeholder forum June 2017 (2) TFA Slide 5 hyperlink version Preferred Trader Presentation – Customs Forum 29 June 2017 Final

August 11, 2017

A safeguard duty has been imposed on certain steel products for remedial action in the form of a safeguard duty against the importation of certain flat hot-rolled steel products – ITAC Report 551; and a reduction in the safeguard duty on certain steel products. The full text of the amendment can be accessed by following…

August 8, 2017

The amendment increases the rate of duty from free to 10% on certain steel products classified in TH 73.16. The full text of the amendment can be accessed by following the below link.   Publication Details Description Implementation Date Date GG and Notice Numbers     4 August 2017 New! GG.41023 R.774 Amendment of Part…

August 4, 2017

The National Port Authority has released its tariff application for financial 2018 /19. Increases applied for are an across the board amount of 8,45% spread between Marine Services at an average of 10%, Cargo Dues on containers at 7,5%, Bulk Coal and Iron ore 10% other bulk 9% and all other 8,45%. The full application…

August 3, 2017

Members’ input, issues and concerns raised in the countrywide presentations/workshops, have been consolidated and expressed in the attached submission. We have requested that SARS Customs conduct further workshops to address the issues raised in this and other submissions. Revised draft rules for deferment

August 1, 2017

The 1st Addendum to the Standard Operating Procedures for Container Terminals (SOPCT), effective 31 July 2017 is for your attention. The document may also be found on the Transnet Port Terminals website: www.transnet-tpt.net, under the “Business with Us” tab located on the top left hand side of the page, and then “Operating Procedures.”

Please read the attached document re the ACSA Retail Summit that commenced yesterday. Sincerely yours SAAFF Communications 31 July 2017 Newsflash

July 28, 2017

The rate of duty on sugar of Tariff Heading 17.01 has been reduced. The full text of the amendment can be accessed by following the link below. Date What is it? What is it about? 27 July 2017 Legal Counsel – Secondary Legislation – Tariff Amendments 2017 Customs & Excise Act, 1964 The Tariff Amendment…

July 26, 2017

The attached Notice requires that affected importers and exporters of clear float glass of TH70.05 should respond to the ITAC within 30 days from the date of publication of this Notice 21 July 2017. Whilst the ITAC has informed importers and exporters known to them, members may want to advise their clients accordingly. DTI notice…

The attached notice reflects the expiry date of anti-dumping duties imposed on certain products. The Notice provides an opportunity for affected importers to lodge applications for the continuance of the anti-dumping measure, failure to do so could result in the anti-dumping measure being removed. [pdf-embedder url=”http://saaff.org.za/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/DTI-notice-546.pdf” title=”DTI notice 546″]  

July 21, 2017

The full text of the Drafts can be accessed by following the below link.   18 August 2017 New! National Legislation Draft Bills 2017 Draft Taxation Laws Amendment Bill 2017 Draft Explanatory Memorandum on the 2017 Draft Taxation Laws Amendment Bill 2017 Draft Tax Administration Laws Amendment Bill 2017 Draft Memorandum on the objects of…

The full text of the Drafts can be accessed by following the below link.   18 August 2017 New! National Legislation Draft Bills 2017 Draft Taxation Laws Amendment Bill 2017 Draft Explanatory Memorandum on the 2017 Draft Taxation Laws Amendment Bill 2017 Draft Tax Administration Laws Amendment Bill 2017 Draft Memorandum on the objects of…

Please read  the attached  newsflash from OR Tambo International airport ACSA. Sincerely yours Stakeholder Communication – High-Level Meeting of DGs and Heads of Law Enforcement held at O.R. Tambo International Meeting on 18 July 2017

July 14, 2017

Please read attached communique from ACSA re the successful arrest of Suspects by Multi-disciplinary Law Enforcement Team Sincerely yours SAAFF Communications Stakeholder Communication – Successful Arrest of Suspects by Multi-Disciplinary Law Enforcement Team

July 12, 2017

Please note that the new SAAFF website will be live from Monday 17th July. You will be required to logon with your username and password.  If you don’t have these, please contact: Winnie Molamu                     wmolamu@saaff.org.za Margaret Ann Kaiser            makaiser@saaff.org.za 011…

July 11, 2017

Please read the attached Newsflash received from ACSA. Sincerely yours SAAFF Communications 11 July 2017 Newsflash OR Tambo Intl Apt  

The full text of the application and conditions under which the permits will be considered, is contained in the attached publication. Guidelines pertaining to rebate

Please be advised that the  Baggage Contingency Plan Manual  JNB – D0100MAN have been developed for immediate implementation. Attached the letter for stakeholders to register on the internet to be able to access the relevant ASOPs. The  user manual has been attached for your convenience to assist in guiding you to access  the  ASOP on…

July 7, 2017

An invitation has been extended to our members to attend the National Roadshow for wood packaging material (ISPM 15) and discontinuation of Methly Bromide in South Africa.   Please see the attached invitation and the dates in the various regions for the roadshows. Sincerely yours SAAFF Communications ISPM 15 invitation

Whilst the Draft has been published for “sight” only, members are requested to submit comment to jmarais@saaff.org.za.  The full text can be accessed by following the below link. 6 July 2017 Legal Counsel – Preparation of Legislation – Draft Documents for Public Comment Customs Duty Act, 2014 The third draft of the Customs Duty Rules,…

July 6, 2017

We welcome the update on the progress of the Customs Acts and Draft Rules and similarly the way forward in respect of Registration Licensing and Accreditation.  The Reporting of Conveyance and Cargo has been an ongoing issue and follows the “old” Manifest reporting requirements. The roadshows should provide ample opportunity to raise issues of concern…

July 4, 2017

Members may find the statistics interesting, note the adjustments as a result of “on-going” vouchers of correction. The stats for the motor industry, specifically for the original equipment components under Chapter 98 are significant. The full document can be accessed by following the below link. Pretoria, 30 June 2017 – The South African Revenue Service…

Members may find the statistics interesting – note the adjustments as a result of “on-going” vouchers of correction.  The stats for the motor industry, specifically for the original equipment components under Chapter 98, are significant. The full document can be accessed by following the below link. Pretoria, 30 June 2017 – The South African Revenue…

Members may find the statistics interesting – note the adjustments as a result of “on-going” vouchers of correction.  The stats for the motor industry, specifically for the original equipment components under Chapter 98, are significant. The full document can be accessed by following the below link. Trade Statistics for May 2017 Pretoria, 30 June 2017…

July 3, 2017

Please see attachments for Stakeholder meeting at Doringkloof – 13 July Agenda for stakeholder meeting for Doringkloof office Invitation for a meeting 13 July 2017 Stakeholders Minutes 2017-06-08 STAKEHOLDER MEETING DATE AND VENUE DRAFT PLAN 2017  

List 6/2017 proposes the following amendments: Reduction in the rate of duty from 5% to free on certain digital smart cards of TH8523.52.10 Reducing the time period from 5 years to 3 years under which persons with disabilities must retain ownership of certain motor vehicles must be  under rebate item 460.17, 630.20 and 630.22. Certain…

Please find attached an updated Customs code list, as follows – CustomsCodeLists_24May2017 2017.06.26 0.33 *  Facilities Code List 14 – inserted the following:   – Code “M7” SA Landside Logistics (Pty) Ltd. – Code “M8” DSV South Africa (Pty) Ltd.    

June 30, 2017

We encourage our members to be recognised for their outstanding achievements – Logistics Achiever Awards are celebrating 29 years of rewarding excellence in Logistics and Supply Chain Management. Should your organization be interested in presenting your company for outstanding achievements and innovation,  you now have the opportunity of being able show the industry and create…

June 28, 2017

SAAFF will be launching their new website on Monday 03rd July You will be required to login with your username and password. Should you not know your login details, please contact: Winnie Molamu                   wmolamu@saaff.org.za    or Margarett Ann Kaiser         makaiser@saaff.org.za 011 455…

We have received the following information concerning Maersk: There was a communication that was sent out by Maersk yesterday 27th June 2017 regarding the impact of the global cyber attack, PETYA, on A P Möller-Maersk Group, some of their IT and communications infrastructure have been impacted and they have pro-actively shut down as a security…

At a recent ACOC meeting a presentation was presented by IATA and facilitated by Mr Getnet Tilahun Taye, Regional Manager – Africa on the e-AWB Improvement Campaign.   Please see the slides from the presentation. Sincerely yours SAAFF Communications ZA ACOC IATA PPT

June 27, 2017

Please read the BBBEE Code Comparision. Sincerely yours SAAFF Communications (3) SAAFF – BBBEE 27th June 2017 Proposed FC v Generic v Current FC

Please read SAAFF’s response that was sent on the 21 June 2017 to the Department of Transport re the BBBEE – F&C Sector Codes. Sincerely yours SAAFF Communications SAAFF Response to DoT – Jun 2017 – Letter to DTI 8th June in response to the BBBEE Industry comment on Empowering Supplier Criteria (1) (002) SAAFF Response to DOT…

Please read the attached presentation presented by the Department of Transport on the Freight & Clearing Sector Codes. Sincerely yours SAAFF Communications DoT Presentation on BBBEE F&C Sector Codes Scorecard May 2017  

Please find the attached presentations relating to the requirements for Part 108—110 as presented at the ACOC meeting of 20 June are circulated for your attention / information. Sincerely yours SAAFF Communications Screeners and Screener Organisation (Complete) May 2017 V3 Screeners and Screener Organisation (Complete) May 2017 V3

June 26, 2017

The amendments are extensive and whilst a short explanation of the amendments is given, the full text can be accessed by following the below links.   6 July 2017 New! Customs & Excise Act, 1964 Draft Amendment Notices Draft amendment for various technical amendments of Part 1 of Schedule No.1 to insert 8-digit tariff subheadings…

June 23, 2017

The amendment relates to a reduction in the duty on wheat and wheaten flour of TH10.01 and TH11.01. The full text of the amendment can be accessed by following the below link.   Publication Details Description Implementation Date Date GG and Notice Numbers 23 June 2017 New! GG. R. Amendment in Part 1 of Schedule…

Please be informed that the planned systems maintenance for this weekend has been cancelled.

June 22, 2017

Please see the attached document from DAFF Unquote Many Members have been asking for updated documentation in respect of the requirements for the import of animals and in particular PETC (Pet in Cabin.)    The below message from DAFF together with attachments are circulated for your information and attention.   Please note that the ACSA / DAFF…

There will be systems maintenance at SARS on Friday 23 June 2017 from 17h30 to 20h00, intermittent delays may be experienced.  Stakeholders are therefore urged to submit priority declarations by 17h00 on Friday 23 June 2017 to avoid any delays with their transactions. All customs services at land border posts will be available during maintenance…

Please find attached the SARS Customs “Understanding the Customs & Exciste Transitional Provisions”. Sincerely yours SAAFF Communications LAPD-CE-G0-Understanding the Customs and Excise Transitional Provisions External Guide  

June 21, 2017

Wednesday 28th June 10h00 to 12h00 Multi Functional room, 1st Floor, ROR Buiding, 49 New Quay Ave, New Redruth, Alberton Inputs for the agenda will be welcomed. Minutes of the previous meeting are attached: Agenda for stakeholder meeting June 2017 Regional Stakeholders Meeting Minutes 31 May 2017

The Guide addresses most of the issues associated with transitioning from the 1964 Customs and Excise Act to the New Customs Control Act; Customs Duty Act and the Excise Duty Act. Should the below link not be active, please see the attachment Customs & Excise Understanding the customs & excise transitional provisions  New! 20 June…

June 20, 2017

The application calls for an increase in the duty on certain polypropylene products of tariff heading 3919.10 the full text can be accessed by following the below link. 461 International Trade Administration Commission: Custom Tariff Applications – List 05/2017 General Notice Trade and Industry, Department of DTI Tariff Appl list 05.2017

Invitation – Business Briefing Breakfast – Automechanika 2017 – Thurs 29 Jun 17 at CCJ Auckland Park An invitation has been extended to all the Freight Forwarders to attend a Business Breakfast Meeting on Thursday 29th June 2017, at Country Club Johannesburg Auckland Park, 1 Napier Road, Auckland Park, Johannesburg. Time is 08.00 to 10.00am.  …

The full text of the subject matter can be accessed by following the below link.  Members should note that as far as Customs and Excise is concerned, the “Plan” perpetuates SARS’s commitment to enforcing compliance.  Tariff classification, Rules of Origin and Valuation, are features of the “increased” compliance campaign.  The New Customs Acts and new…

June 14, 2017

With regards to the Veterinary Inspection Problems members have been experiencing please note the following: No animal or animal products may be imported without a Veterinary Import Permit issued by the Directorate of Animal Heath at the Department of Agriculture Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) prior to departure from the country of origin. All such imports…

Attached please find 3 pieces of important information for your immediate attention. It is recommended to ensure you have an updated / current  list of these items on hand for possible further scrutiny. Sincerely yours SAAFF Communications Reflector Vests Guideline Safety and Security Communique to all Key Stakeholders from O. R. Tambo International Airport GM Ms…

It gives us great pleasure to inform you that Professor Issa Baluch has been invited to join the Harvard Kennedy School Dean’s Council as he has demonstrated global leadership throughout his career. Congratulations are extended to Professor Issa Baluch who is very well known in South Africa.   SAAFF have had the pleasure of his presentations at a number…

June 13, 2017

Please find attached the Agenda for the SAAFF Gauteng meeting which will be held on Thursday 15th June 2017 at 14.15pm at SAFCEC House, 12 Skeen Boulevard, Bedfordview. Should you not be able to attend please forward an email to makaiser@saaff.org.za Sincerely yours SAAFF Communications 15 June 2017 SAAFF Gauteng – Agenda 18 May 2017…

June 8, 2017

The liquidation notice will be of interest to those Members with clients in the tyre industry and more specifically in respect of possible refunds of levies paid to REDISA prior to implementation of the tyre levy in the Customs and Excise Act, Schedule 1 Part 3E. GOVERNMENT NOTICES        DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS        NO. 530    05…

June 6, 2017

The amendment proposes the inclusion of Saldanha Bay and Richards Bay as places where container depots may be established. Kindly note the return date for comment 20 June 2017. The full text of the amendment can be accessed by following the below link. June 2017 Legal Counsel – Preparation of Legislation – Draft Documents for…

June 5, 2017

Members should note the return date for comment is 31 July 2017. Due to the impact the proposed draft may have on members current arrangements it has been decided to conduct workshops in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban and Port Elizabeth in the coming weeks. Dates and times will be communicated shortly.   Date What is…

May 15, 2017

The SAAFF Gauteng Meeting will be held on Thursday 18th May 2017 at 14.15pm at the SAAFF premises, Ground Floor, 12 Skeen Boulevard, Bedfordview. There will be a presentation given by TraumaCall which will commence shortly after 14.15pm. Should you not be able to attend, please send an email to makaiser@saaff.org.za. Much appreciated Sincerely yours…

May 12, 2017

There will be systems maintenance at SARS on  Friday, 12 May 2017 from 17h00 to 19h00 , intermittent delays may be experienced.  Stakeholders are therefore urged to submit priority declarations by 16h30 on Friday, 12 May 2017 to avoid any delays to their transactions. All customs services at land border posts will be available during…

May 9, 2017

We intend keeping members informed of developments in the e-commerce arena and specifically the impact on the Customs environment, the below extract from the World Customs Organisation is the first of these communications and you are invited to submit your views/concerns/comments to jmarais@saaff.org.za. ‘E-Commerce Day’ at the PTC lays out broad considerations on Cross-Border E-Commerce…

The Recognition of the Third Party Spend – the essence is to be found in the BBBEE Commission Practice Guide 01 of 2016 – sub-paragraph 8.2.5 of the Practice Guide:   What the agent records as income in their financial statements can be claimed by its customer (the measured entity). Sincerely yours SAAFF Communications BBBEE –…

May 8, 2017

The regulations are quite extensive and can be accessed by following the below link.   40828 Reg Gaz No. 10713 2017-05-05 405 Agricultural Product Standards Act (119/1990): Regulations relating to the Grading, Packing and Marking of Wheat Products intended for sale in the Republic of South Africa Government Notice Agriculture Forestry