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Dear Valued Customers,
The implementation of the first phase of the new customs act programme is expected to commence on the 20.04.2018 with a three month stabilization phase.
The initial focus is on road freight to ensure there are no disruptions to cross border trade. This implementation comprises only a technology platform change as the road functionality has already been implemented under MPR in the year 2016.
The implementation will then move to Durban / South Africa sea port to pilot the system and to stabilize it for sea transport. The potential roll out for sea transport is estimated to commence at the end of the third quarter of 2018 or beginning of the fourth quarter.
One of the most important changes in the reporting of conveyances and goods (RCG) implementation is advanced containerized cargo loading notices. This notification will require the electronic submission of information to the customs authority in South Africa at least twenty four (24) hours before the first container in a consignment is loaded on board a vessel at the port of load.
Due to the size of this implementation in South Africa, the technical development required by external stake holders which includes shipping lines to become compliant, and the need to stabilize trade with regards to the usage of the system, there will be an initial three (3) month period where penalties will not be levied against the cargo reporters.
For further information please find the below link and further attached presentation from SARS / Customs.
Lastly please feel free to contact our offices for any further enquiries.