Import and export license applications
In recent years, the South African Revenue Service (“SARS”) have clamped down on cross border transactions, as well as the importing and exporting of goods. Excise duties and illegal activities are SARS’ primary concern, though they do require that you take the proper steps towards obtaining an import or export license.
How to register as an importer or exporter in South Africa
The required application documents are available online on the SARS website. After completing the necessary forms, you must submit these to SARS with accompanying information. Once received, SARS will review and approve your application if all was found to be in order.
According to their website, you require the following documentation with your application:
1. A certified copy from the Registrar of Companies of the Closed Corporation or Company registration documents
2. Certified copy of Director’s Identification documents
3. Certified copies from SARS of your applicable VAT, IT, PAYE, SDL and UIF documentation.
4. Proof of address that is not older than 3 months (municipal account or lease agreement)
5. Proof of contact number (your most recent phone account)
6. A cancelled cheque or a business bank statement with a company stamp
7. Full particulars of a registered agent (tax representative) living within the borders of South Africa
It is important to ensure that the application is correct when submitting it. If SARS is unable to approve the application because the application was filled in incorrectly or because there were documentation missing, it would create delays that will affect your business plans for the year.
Engaging with a business or tax specialist who understands the finer points of applying for an import or export license, will iron out any wrinkles that you might not be aware of. They will be able to assist with the application while you focus on the expansion plans of your business.