Sars warning over incorrect documentation

SA Revenue Service Customs has advised that customs clearance declarations for imports from Eswatini that reflect the wrong UCR (unique consignment reference) will be rejected with effect from September 1.

Olebogeng Ramatlhodi, acting executive: Customs and Excise, Centre of Excellence, released a statement yesterday advising stakeholders that the revenue authority would act on the warning issued earlier this year.

“In May a Customs Response (CUSRES) warning message was introduced in response to customs clearance declarations for imports from Eswatini reflecting incorrect UCRs.

He said despite the warning, the issue of incorrect UCRs continued to be problematic, forcing Customs’ hand in implementing punitive action.

“The reflection of correct UCRs on the customs clearance declaration for imports from Eswatini is prescribed in rule 38.14A of the Customs and Excise Act 1964,” said Ramatlhodi.

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