ANNOUNCEMENT 30 Oct 2009In October 2009, the government of South Africa announced a change in import formalities.
NUMBER OF INTERVENTIONS
South African Revenue Service, press release of 30 October 2009, "Release of the Draft Customs Control Bill and Draft Customs Duty Bill for Public Comment": http://www.sars.gov.za/AllDocs/Documents/MediaReleases/2009/SARS-MR-2009-061%20-%20Media%20release%20on%20Draft%20Customs%20Control%20and%20Draft%20Customs%20Duty%20Bills%20for%20Public%20Comment%20-%2030%20October%202009.pdf
Quintus van der Merwe and Aaron Larkens of Shepstone & Wylie Attorneys, September 2015, "Proposed updates to the existing customs legislation": http://www.lexology.com/library/detail.aspx?g=dc8cc76d-d18d-403a-b4b5-866c7e020f15
Mike Poverello, 25 April 2015, "Getting to Grips with the Future Customs Control Act", from his own blog 'What Happened to the Portcullis?': http://mpoverello.com/2014/04/25/getting-to-grips-with-the-future-customs-control-act/
"Customs Duty Act, 2014", Act no. 30 of 2014, published in the Government Gazette no. 37821 of 10 July 2014: http://www.sars.gov.za/AllDocs/LegalDoclib/AABC/LAPD-LPrim-Act-2014-01%20-%20Customs%20Duty%20Act%202014.pdf
"Customs Control Act, 2014", Act no. 31 of 2014, published in the Government Gazette no. 37862 of 23 July 2014: http://www.sars.gov.za/AllDocs/LegalDoclib/AABC/LAPD-LPrim-Act-2014-03%20-%20Customs%20Control%20Act%202014.pdf
On 30 October 2009, the South African minister of finance, Mr. Pravin Gordham launched the draft Customs Control Bill and the draft Customs Duty Bill for public comment. The South African government is to re-write the Customs and Excise Act 1964, taking into consideration the increased focus on trade facilitation, customs control, regional economic integration, applicable international conventions among others.
The draft customs control bill focuses on the control of goods imported into or intended for export from South Africa. It is to ensure that taxes imposed by other laws on such goods are collected and the laws regulating the import or export of specific goods are complied with.
The scope of the draft customs duty bill is confined to providing for the levying, payment, and recovery of customs duties on goods imported or exported from South Africa. The deadline for public comments is 26 February 2010.
Thenew bills are expected:
The Customs Control Bill is the legislative platform for changes to policy, process and technology to be delivered under the Customs Modernisation Programme.
Some changes in the draft Customs Control Bill are:
Some changes introduced by the draft Customs Duty bill are:
In July 2014, the government issued the according acts: the Customs Duty Act and the Customs Control Act ("the Acts"). Due to the complexity of them, the Acts are going to take effect in several phases. The first phase of implementation of the Acts is expected to start in 2016.