On 30 September 2021, the South African Revenue Service (SARS) advised that the acquittal process of bonded and transit goods had been enhanced. According to the release, the information previously published in SC-TR-01-02 and SC-TR-01-03 has been inserted in SC-CF-54 and SC-CF-55 respectively, if it is still relevant to the new acquittal process.
SARS Customs will, on a risk-based approach, stop goods that are in bond or in transit through South Africa and request supporting documents. A documentary Inspector will forward the case for a physical inspection. The case will then be conditionally released. Proof that the goods were exported from South Africa or have left the Southern African Customs Union (SACU) must be uploaded by the declarant to the case within thirty (30) days.
The Completion of Declaration Manual (SC-CF-04) and its annexures have been renumbered and are included as annexures in the External Clearance Declaration Policy (SC-CF-55).
The Facility Code List SC-CF-04-A08 has been renumbered as SC-CF-19-A02 and incorporated into the External Registration, Licensing and Designation Policy (SC-CF-19).
It should be noted that the printing of Customs Notification 1 (CN1) and CN2 at land-border posts is no longer part of the process.
The External Policies and External Guide are accessible at:
- SC-CF-19 – Registration Licensing and Designation – External Policy
- SC-CF-55 – Clearance Declaration – External Policy
- SC-IT-03 – RLA Customs Trader Portal – External Guide