Returning South African Resident
Returning South African residents ( those with permanent or temporary residents permit) are allowed to bring with them household affects and personal goods (excluding alcoholic beverages and Tobacco products).These goods can be brought into South Africa free of charge; without paying import duties or VAT . The returning resident must prove to the State that he/she has been out of South Africa for at least six months for purposes other than touring or studying.
The state requires a returning South African resident to provide an inventory list of household goods or personal effects at the time of importing the goods. As a South African Returning resident, you will be required to prove your residence status at the time of clearing the goods. These goods ( excluding motor vehicles, ammunition and weapons); do not require an Import Permit
Temporary residence importers and Immigrants
Temporary South African permit holders and immigrants into South Africa; such as contract workers and students may import their personal effects and household goods free of duty and VAT (However, they may be subject to making a provisional payment to secure the VAT in part or in full). The requirement will be that they re-export their goods when they leave South Africa. The imported goods can be disposed of locally in South Africa; provided they said goods have not be sold, hired out or lent in any manner within the six months of importation.
Customs clearance forms DA 304 and P1.160 must be completed for your personal goods and household effects.The completion of these forms is usually done by your freight forwarding agent or your clearing agent.
Motor vehicles used in South Africa by tourists may be imported under rebate of duty and exempt from VAT for a period of three months; this may be extended to six months (however, it may be subject to a provisional payment being made to Customs to secure the VAT on importation either in part or in full). After a period of six months the motor vehicles must be re-exported.
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