Importation of Household effects and Personal goods into South Africa
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Importation of Household effects and Personal goods into South Africa

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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11 Comments to Importation of Household effects and Personal goods into South Africa:

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Samuel Bayon on 12 February 2012 21:13
Can I ship a car to south africa as a visitor and keep in the country and used it each time I go on holidays.
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Godfrey Mushandu on 10 May 2012 02:08
Please refer to this article which clearly states conditions you need to meet in order to be allowed to import a car into South Africa;

Dirt Bikes on 23 February 2012 12:51
If the original purchase invoice is not available, three written valuations must be obtained from motorcar dealers in the country of export to assist the customs clearance process in South Africa.
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Eric Filand on 15 July 2012 02:31
Hi I just read one of your replies to a question. Your answer to the question was that if a South African citizen is in South Africa and the car is in the UK,he/she can still import the car even if he was not physically present with the car more for a period of six months. I wish to purchase my car end of July 2012 and move to South Africa to start a new job.Can i keep in the car registered in my name and parked in my garage, then have it shipped after 6 months.Will i still be allowed to and pay all the taxes. The car i wish to purchase is a Golf 4 GTI valued at £1000.
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