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Importation regulations when visiting South Africa


- Featured article by LAWYERS-ONLINE.CO.ZA - December 2018

One of our best ventures, however, is our continued application of legal information. It is our intention to keep our readers informed with South Africa’s latest legal news, changes in legislation as well break down complicated legal matters and situations.

With that said, we have seen the year through with a wealth of legal news aimed to aid our South African comrades, but today we apply our legal information to our international friends.

The festive season is upon us and that means we will see a lot of visitors from abroad. With that in perspective, this article is meant to inform our visitors of some our laws when entering South Africa, especially when bringing items into the country.

The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) implores visitors to comply with the country’s import requirements for agricultural and other regulated products. Compliance will assist the country in minimizing and preventing the risk of introducing alien invasive species, foreign pests and diseases that are likely associated with imported plants and plant products, animals and animal products as well as other regulated goods.

Regulatory Items include, but are not limited to, the below:

  • Plant and plant products.
  • Animals and animal products.
  • Honey and honey products.
  • Certain liquors.

On arrival in South Africa, all imported goods of the above mentioned regulated products must be presented to the DAFF inspectors at the port of entry for compliance. DAFF offices can also be notified with detailed information regarding the items to be imported.

For animal and animal products: VetPermits@daff.gov.za
For plants and plant products: PlantHealthPermits@daff.gov.za
For liquor products: NjokoS@daff.gov.za

It is difficult and expensive for authorities to manage and control quarantine pests or diseases and so the overall effort to prevent is an important pursuit.

It is also important for visitors to know that the importation of certain liquor products with an alcohol content of more than 1% for drinking purposes is restricted, except on the authority of an import certificate issued by DAFF.

With that said, we bid you a good year ahead and hope to see you next year.

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