In a letter to external stakeholders dated 14 August and titled ‘Rejection of Customs Clearance Declarations with the Incorrect UCR: Imports from Eswatini’, the acting executive: Customs and Excise, Centre of Excellence advised that during May a Customs Response (Cusres) warning message had been introduced in response to Customs Clearance Declarations for imports from Eswatini reflecting incorrect UCRs.
The reflection of correct UCRs is prescribed in Rule 38.14A of the Act 1964. This issue of incorrect UCRs continues to be problematic, regardless of the warning issued in May.
He said that Customs Clearance Declarations for imports from Eswatini that continued to reflect the wrong UCR would be rejected with effect from 01 September. This date was previously communicated in the May Cusres message to be the deadline.
Story by: Riaan de Lange