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Customs Requirements


SOUTH AFRICAN CUSTOMS REQUIREMENTS FOR CONTAINERISED CARGO LANDED AT DURBAN 
FOR FINAL DELIVERY TO NEIGHBOURING COUNTRIES

Cargo to be delivered BY ROAD from Durban must be covered by a "Customs Bond" and therefore a copy of the Bill Of Lading, Commercial Invoice and Packing List must be submitted to SARS (South African Revenue Services).  There is no requirement for the submission of docs for cargo delivered BY RAIL directly from the port.  Containers moved to a depot and then railed must be declared to customs.

Unless cargo is "out of gauge" then the following routes and approximate transit times are standard for Through Bills of Lading:
(Despatch Times for Deliveries by road are subject to the availablility of trucks and confirmation from destination MSC Agent that all local requirements have been met).

Transport Type Destination Number of Days
Rail Botswana: Gaborone 8
Rail Botswana: Francistown 12
Rail Lesotho: Maseru 5
Rail Swaziland: Matsapha 5
Rail Zimbabwe: Various 22
Road Malawi on application 15
Road Zambia: Various 20



GENERAL:  CUSTOMS REQUIREMENTS

When containers are consolidated in a 'free port' country separate certificates of origin are to be provided for each country of origin.  It is essential that we receive all documents as per requirements below at least TEN (10) working days before vessel arrival at Durban to allow us to frame the customs documents and lodge them with customs for processing.  We can then take release of the containers before they go onto late clearance penalties.  The port allows a maximum of 48 hours after the vessel discharge before containers are on penalties.

If all documents, as required by customs, are not received timeously from the loadport agent we will have no choice but to request a freight manifest corrector to recover the penalties which must be paid before the containers will be released for delivery to final destination. The docs may be emailed to knaicker@clog.co.za or K NAICKER under the Global Address List OR faxed to +27 31 3329291.


OCEAN BILL OF LADING:

  • Must be copy of the signed and stamped original
  • Vessel and voyage number
  • Port of Load
  • Ocean Bill of Lading number
  • Container number
  • Seal Number/s including Customs seals fixed at location
  • Container type
  • Nett and gross weight of cargo
  • Number of packages
  • Description of cargo
  • Shipped on board date




COMMERCIAL INVOICE AND PACKING LIST:
USED or SECONDHAND GOODS ARE CLASSIFIED DIFFERENTLY FROM NEW COMMODITIES.  PLEASE APPLY TO MSC LOGISTICS FOR DETAILS REQUIRED BY CUSTOMS OVER AND ABOVE THE FOLLOWING:

  • Pro-forma invoices will NOT be accepted
  • Must be typed
  • Must be in ENGLISH
  • Must clearly indicate the details of Seller and the Buyer. The Buyer must be in the country of final destination and FULL PHYSICAL ADDRESS TO BE STATED.  Postal Box addresses are NOT acceptable.
  • The value of the cargo must be declared
  • The currency of the transaction must be declared
  • Quantity, nett weight and volume in litres, where applicable, to be declared
  • If there is more than one commodity then seperate values, quantities, nett weights and volumes to be provided, per commodity, per container
  • Full description of the cargo to be declared and harmonized cide provided
  • Documents must be clear and accurate.Indistinct fax copies will not be accepted
  • If more than 1 container per Bill Of Lading then seperate invoice and packing lists are required per container
  • Samples and/or spare parts: must be treated as standard cargo and all details must be provided. This is a CUSTOMS REQUIREMENT


Certain commodities have been identified as problematic / high risk. The compulsory requirements for these, as per terms of the customs act, are as follows:

  • Commodity technical name (branded names not accepted)
  • Description of end use e.g. pesticides, fertilizer and animal feed
  • International Harmonised Customs tariff to be provided
  • Packing list


 

CLOTHING / WEARING APPAREL

  • New or Used - Must be stated PER ITEM TYPE
  • New - PER ITEM TYPE : QUANTITY and NETT WEIGHT
  • Used : NETT WEIGHT
  • Nett Weight PER ITEM TYPE
  • Description e.g. male/female garments, underwear/outerwear, hosiery, trousers, skirts
  • New garments must state the type and composition of fabric
  • Certificate of origin
  • Packing list




FABRIC / CLOTH / TEXTILE

  • Nett weight per item
  • Width per item
  • Metres per item
  • Type of fabric/composition e.g. cotton, wool, polycotton and percentage breakdown e.g. polyester 60%, cotton 40%
  • Textured or non textured
  • Bleached or unbleached - or
  • Dyed - or
  • Printed - or
  • Yarns of different colour
  • Knitted or crocheted
  • Certificate of origin
  • Packing list




FOOD (milk / egg / animal / plant products - dried beans / flour etc

  • Phyto-sanitary certificate required in most cases for plant products.
  • ORIGINAL veterinary certificate required for all milk and egg products. It must be couriered to MSC Logistics, Durban to reach there at least 14 working days before the vessel ETA at Durban. (If required a blank form for the veterinary certificate can be supplied by MSC Logistics, Durban). PLUS an ORIGINAL commercial invoice, packing list and a copy of the Bill Of Lading.




FOOTWEAR

  • Full description / composition (men's/women's/children's) of uppers and outer soles e.g. rubber, leather, synthetic etc
  • New shoes: number of pairs
  • Used shoes: nett weight
  • Packing list




HAZARDOUS

The following docs must be included with the commercial docs as the driver is required to carry them at all times while en route to the final destination.

  • T.R.E.M card (Transport Emergency Procedure)
  • M.D.S (Material Safety Data Sheet)
  • D.G.D (Dangerous Goods Declaration)




HUMANITARIAN AID OR DONATIONS / CHARITY

  • Cargo to be treated as commercial for customs purposes. Therefore full details such as commodity type, quantity, nett weight, volume and value are to be provided. This includes certificates of origin where necessary. Exemption certificates should be included if relevant.
  • Declaration of donation certificate required




MEDICINES / PHARMACEUTICALS

  • International Harmonised Commodity Number to be provided
  • Packing list




MOTOR VEHICLES: Cars, trucks, loaders, Cranes, Bulldozers, Motorcycles

  • No used vehicles will be accepted for Zambia unless prior arrangements have been made with the consignee.
  • Make
  • Model
  • Year of manufacture
  • Engine number
  • Cubic capacity of engine
  • Petrol or diesel driven
  • Classification ( grams per kilometre) for environmental levy on carbon dioxide emissions
  • Chassis number
  • Passenger carrying capacity ( number of people accommodated )
  • Colour
  • Weight
  • New or used
  • Fully built up or knocked down
  • Value
  • Spares with seperate value and nett weight
  • Accessories with separate value and nett weight
  • If landed on own wheels: L x W x H dimensions are required
  • Number of packages
  • Package list

Please note: Engine and chassis numbers are to appear on both the Bill of Lading and the commercial invoice. If the engine and chassis numbers are not available then the vehicle identification number (V.I.N) is to be provided. Any personal effects, spares, accessories or other cargo packed into a vehicle must be declared, valued and listed seperately.




FOR ZAMBIA:

  • JEVIC Certificate Required: If no certificate available then an inspection will be carried out in Durban. All costs for shipper/consignee.
  • No Left hand driven vehicles allowed
  • No vehicles over 5 years old



FOR ZIMBABWE:

  • No vehicles over 5 years old




PERSONAL AND HOUSEHOLD EFFECTS

  • Inventory to provide full list showing seperate values, number of packages, nett weight, measurements etc for each item
  • Personal effects which include a motor vehicle must provide information as per the motor vehicles requirements and seperate values for the effects and the vehicle
  • Television to be listed and valued seperately




TYRES

  • Type e.g. Sedan, Truck, Bicycle
  • New or Used
  • Casings must be listed seperately
  • Quantity i.e. The exact number of tyres
  • Certificate of origin
  • If tyres are accompanied by tubes then seperate values and weights to be provided
  • Packing list




WOOD & WOOD PACKING MATERIAL (pallets, crates, blocks, drums, dunnage

  • Phyto-sanitary certificate required.
  • All pallets to be fumigated and stamped as proof.





       
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