Sars on 08 November published its “Customs External Policy Registration, Licensing and Designation” that deals with the types of clients required to be registered: Automotive Production Development Programme (APDP); approved exporters; cargo reporter; electronic communication with Sars; exporters; importers; Special Economic Zone (SEZ) operators, Designated areas as Customs controlled areas within an SEZ and Customs Controlled Area (CCA) Enterprise, Section 21A; manufacturers in terms of drawback items 501.00 to 521.00; producers for Preferential Trade Agreements (PTA) and Generalised System of Preference (GSP); and rebate users in terms of Schedule 3, 4 and 6; and registered agents in terms of rule 59A.01.
In addition, the document deals with types of clients, premises or facilities required to be licensed: (i) Carriers - removers of goods in bond; (ii) Clearing agents; (iii) Depots: container and degrouping; (iv) Customs warehouses: Storage warehouses (OS) including CCA enterprises; Manufacturing warehouses including Customs-controlled area enterprises; Special Storage warehouses (SOS): Storage of local manufactured and /or imported goods for supplies to foreign-going aircraft or vessels as stores, spares and equipment; Inbound and/or outbound duty and tax free shops; and storage of imported second-hand motor vehicles; (v) stockist warehouses; and (vi) Search abandoned wrecks or for abandoned wrecks.
Designation of a portion of the SEZ landmass as a Customs controlled area is also covered. The registration to participate in the deferments scheme is also discussed.
The following are not covered in this policy: (i) Surety / guarantees (increase / decrease) (refer to SC-SE-05); (ii) Supporting documents, see ECS-LER-01-A02; (iii) Designations other than terminals and SEZ or Customs-controlled area related activities; (iv) The Legal entity registration which must precede registration, licensing or designation, see ECS-LER-03; (v) Accreditation, see SC-CF-27; (vi) Completion of the application form(s) and annex see SC-CF-23; (vii) Use of origin declaration on invoices issued by Approved Exporters in terms of the SADC-EPA Agreement, see SC-RO-01-06; or (viii) Management of deferments, see SC-DT-B-02.
Story by: Riaan de Lange