Origin and Trade Agreements

International Trade Agreements fall into the realm of “Rules of Origin”. Both exporters and importers may benefit through lower Customs duties.

International Trade Agreements are reciprocal in nature (i.e. the benefits flow in both directions). Importers in South Africa may benefit from the reduction in Customs duties upon importation into South Africa. Exporters from South Africa stand to increase their competitiveness in foreign markets through the exportation and importation (into foreign markets) at lower rates of Customs duties.

Rules of Origin Services

We perform the following services:

  1. Consultation of Qualifying Criteria and Procedures
  2. Audit Third Party Manufacturing and Product Qualifications
  3. Application for Origin Determinations (Rulings) at SARS Customs
  4. Registration of Exporters at SARS Customs

Trade Agreements Applicable:

SADCSouth Africa and the SADC (Southern African Development Community)
SADC-EPASouth Africa and the EU (European Community)
SACU-EFTASouth Africa and the EFTA (European Free Trade Area)
SACU-MERCOSURSouth Africa and the Common Market for the South
AfCFTA South Africa and the AfCFTA (African Continental Free Trade Area)
SACUM-UK EPASouth Africa and the UK (United Kingdom)
GSPGeneral System of Preferences with certain countries (non-reciprocal, for exporters)
AGOAAfrican Growth and Opportunity Act (non-reciprocal, for exporters)

Benefits Obtaining an Origin Determination

The benefit of a formal Ruling made by SARS Customs is that the Ruling is “cast in stone”. In other words, your shipments should no longer be stopped or subject to scrutiny by Customs, which often results into additional costs and delays.

Through a Determination you can avoid penalties and a possible “de-registration” of your origin status, and subsequent legal proceedings.

The origin status of your goods will therefore not be subjective, allowing you to supply to foreign markets at a stable and competitive trade rate making your supply chain more predictive.

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