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Importing New tyres into South Africa

Before one can bring new tyres into South Africa, the tyres need to be homologated with the NRCS and once that is done, an additional permit is required with ITAC.

Below are the requirements for both permits:

  1. E Mark on tyre – an E Certificate.
  2. DOT Mark on tyre – we need ECE R30 or ECE R54 test report, from Accredited test house
  3. The Manufacturer must have a Quality Management System in the factory  (copy of certificate)
  4. Require a letter from factory, confirming that they’re South African importers/ distributors.
  5. A copy of registration letter (CUSTOMS & EXCISE IMPORTER NUMBER)
  6. Tax clearance certificate

Please note:

  • The LOA is a once off letter and valid for a lifetime. Once you have a new manufacturer we will have to apply for a new LOA (each LOA is valid per manufacturer)
  • The permit with ITAC needs to be renewed each year
  • Processing and approval will take 10-17 working days for both the LOA and permit.


Second-hand tyres will only be allowed in South Africa if the importer has a re-threading factory and can prove as such, other than that second hand tyres will not be allowed through the border.

It’s best to apply for all permits required before any order is placed so that your documentation is in order by the time the tyres arrive in South Africa.

Please contact us for more information and assistance with the above.

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Exporting Ostrich Eggs from South Africa

Exporting Ostrich Eggs

To export Ostrich eggs from the Republic of South Africa an export permit is required. The export permit can be obtained from a state veterinarian in your area, specifically the area where the eggs are farmed.

In order to get an export permit, the following is required:

  • Import permit from the country to which the eggs will be exported. This permit stipulates the conditions under which the eggs will be accepted into that specific country
  • A health certificate issue by the state vet, this will be issued once the state vet is satisfied that the conditions on the above permit have been fulfilled
  • A motivation letter on the reasons and purpose for exportation of the eggs
  • A letter of authorization in the event that an agent will be acting on your behalf

It’s important that you apply for this permit well in advance as the application process takes 30 days.

An approval from The south African Ostrich Business Chamber will also be required for the exportation of Ostriches.

To get started on this application contact us on info@importexportlicense.co.za

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How to Import in South Africa

South Africa is now truly part of the global community and local consumers also want the same products that the customers in other countries are enjoying. You can satisfy the local demand by importing from overseas. Before starting to import here are some tips you should consider.

How to Import – Important Tips

  1. Research the local market first
    Research locally first to see if there is a big enough demand for the product you are looking into how to import. Also, you need to know how stiff the competition is that you are up against. What might be a best seller elsewhere might not do well in South Africa.
  2. Choose the right supplier
    Knowing How to Import is just the first step because dealing with overseas companies comes with many risks, so it is imperative you choose your partner well. Doing the necessary due diligence, attending trade shows and conferences and meeting trade representatives will all help ensuring you pick the right supplier. A visit to the supplier in their home country where you can check out the product quality and procedures will go a long way to identifying the right supplier.
  3. Establishing the relationship
    Just choosing the right supplier is not enough. When learning how to import you need to still build and nurture the relationship. Identify and build a solid one on one relationships with key individuals in the supplier’s organization.
    This is sometimes difficult and requires the hiring of an agent to liaise with the supplier for you.
  4. Trade between countries is not equal
    Once you know how to import you have to choose the country of your supplier wisely. Different trade agreements exist between different countries. World trade is a tangled web of international agreements, treaties, customs unions and free trade zones. The Department of Trade & Industry (www.dti.gov.za) and SA Revenue Service (www.sars.gov.za) can give details for each country.
  5. Not all products are equal
    Just as not all countries are equal when it comes to the import business, neither are all goods – so check a product’s status before you decide how to import. Many items require import permits that need to be renewed annually. Those classified as ‘prohibited’ cannot be brought into South Africa at all and goods which are ‘restricted’ require a motivation and additional paperwork.
  6. Research logistical implications
    Having the ideal product and right supplier is one thing but actually getting the product to your business involves numerous logistical hurdles. Learning how to import & logistics is what makes the import business go round. You need to be able to get your product to market cost-effectively, efficiently and on time if you want to be successful. You’ll need to employ specialist agents for many of the tasks like freight forwarding and customs clearing, but make an effort to understand as much as you can about the complexities of moving products from A to B across international borders, and the accompanying legalities and details.
  7.  Maintaining positive cash flow
    How to import effectively involves dealing with long lead times and must typically pay up front to secure the order – all of which can put a severe strain or your cash flow. Overseas manufacturers/suppliers usually require anywhere between 20-50% of the payment up front, plus settlement of the balance prior to shipping. There may also be transport costs to harbours or airports in the country of origin, fees to agents, payments for customs clearance, etc. Even the South African authorities and SA-based freight forwarders may want up front payment before they release and deliver the order. Only then – perhaps many months later – can you begin to recoup your initial outlay. So when learning how to import, do your sums carefully, particularly in the start-up phase of the business when you will have many other costs as well.

How to Import – Is Importing Right for your Business?


How to Import

(By: Tracy Venter)

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Is importing right for your business?

Importing can be the right call for your business if one discovers the ideal product with a good supplier. Often one can import from another country at a lower cost and possibly even higher quality thus lowering the costs to your business. That way it is also possible to add a new line of merchandise not yet available in the country. Sourcing from overseas comes with its own risks and could potentially cost you more should anything go wrong.

The definition of an import is any product or service brought into one country from another country in a legitimate fashion, typically for use in trade. Imported products or services are provided to domestic consumers by overseas producers. An import in the receiving country is an export to the sending country. Imports, along with exports, form the basis of international trade. Importing of products normally requires involvement of the Customs authorities in both the country of import and the country of export.

Ways to lower your risks when importing:

  • Learn all you can about the country you are sourcing from, particularly their business environment. That way you are less likely of having things go wrong.
  • Really get to know the product supplier and how they do business. Check out their customer service and quality control
  • Have a letter of agreement which clearly sets out the terms for delivery and payments etc.

Use imports to work for you and your business. Trade between countries has been going on for centuries. Importing is an ideal way to introduce new products to a country but be aware of the risks involved. With this knowledge you will be able to identify the proper supplier, negotiate a good deal and use importing to grow your business.


(By: Tracy Venter)

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