COVID-19 DTI Support

17 June 2020

Example of a properly completed export application form

Example of a properly completed export application form
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17 June 2020

Updated Covid-19 Export permit Standard Operating Procedure

Updated Covid-19 Export permit Standard Operating Procedure
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04 June 2020

NOTICE OF EXPIRATION OF VAT CERTIFICATES ISSUED IN TERMS OF ITEM 412.11

SARS has issued a notice which serves to advise interested parties that the global Value-Added Tax (VAT) Certificate issued by the International Trade Administration Commission of South Africa (ITAC) on 8 April 2020 under Schedule 1(8) of the Value-Added Tax Act, 89 of 1991, Item No. 412.11/00.00/01.00 (Rebate Item 412.11) will expire at midnight on Friday, 5 June 2020.
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01 June 2020

NOTICE OF EXPIRATION OF REBATE CERTIFICATES

Rebate certificates issued by the International Trade Administration Commission of South Africa (ITAC) under rebate item 412.11 have expired effective midnight 31 May 2020. ITAC will not be issuing new certificates hereafter.
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28 May 2020

ITAC Updated Export Application Form

ITAC has provided dedicated e-mail addresses for the respective COVID-19 goods that are subject to export control. Please ensure that you send your requests to the correct email address for the process to be expedited.

These are for submission of complete applications and supporting documents ONLY and not for general correspondence or enquiries.

General enquiries will be attended to by administrators.

Please note that Aarifah Ahmed aahmed@itac.org.za is on study leave from today. Please do not send her any new applications. Any applications already sent to her will be dealt with by one of her colleagues.

Download the updated export application form here.
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28 May 2020

ITAC Updated Export SOP

ITAC has provided dedicated e-mail addresses for the respective COVID-19 goods that are subject to export control. Please ensure that you send your requests to the correct email address for the process to be expedited.

These are for submission of complete applications and supporting documents ONLY and not for general correspondence or enquiries.

General enquiries will be attended to by administrators.

Please note that Aarifah Ahmed aahmed@itac.org.za is on study leave from today. Please do not send her any new applications. Any applications already sent to her will be dealt with by one of her colleagues.

Download the ITAC export SOP here.
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11 May 2020

SARS rebate items 412.11 & 621.08 related to the import or manufacture of essential goods and critical supplies

SARS communiqués issued on 3 April 2020 and 9 April 2020 related to rebate item 412.11 (rebate of duty) and VAT exemption remain in place until 31 May 2020 as the period of validity, until further notice.
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11 May 2020

SARS ITAC VAT Rebate updated published 8 May

SARS has updated the list of critical medical supplies required for COVID-19 which are eligible for the ITAC VAT rebate 412.11. The revised list includes a revised classification of plastic face shields from 3926.20 to 3926.90.
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06 May 2020

Updated COVID-19 Export Control Regulations – 27 March 202

The Minister of Trade, Industry and Competition has amended the regulations with regards to export.

The code “DTIC” in column 2 of Schedule 4 indicates that the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition as well as any other department (the Line Department) as determined by the Minister of Trade, Industry and Competition must be consulted by the International Trade Administration Commission (ITAC) upon receipt of an application and the DTIC and /or the Line Department must provide a recommendation to ITAC before a determination on an application for an export permit can be considered by ITAC. If no recommendation is received from the DTIC and /or the Line Department within a period of ten (10) working days, or such an extended time period as requested, from the date of the request, it will be deemed that a recommendation will have been made that there is no objection to the issuing of an export permit.
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20 April 2020

Questionnaire for Export Permit for COVID controlled Goods

The export permit questionnaire must also be completed; please indicate on the form if not applicable.
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20 April 2020

COVID-19 export permit SOP

When you make your email submission, please include Export Permit Application in the subject line.

  • For first time applications for export, applicants to complete form IE230b and the SARS tax certificate must be submitted.
  • The IE361 application form for the export permit must be fully completed. Please make sure all details are shared and for a medicine application ensure that the INN stem is used together with the trade name and the SA SAHPRA product registration number.
  • The export permit questionnaire must also be completed; please indicate on the form if not applicable.
  • Email applications to Marius Collins mcollins@itac.org.za and Lufuno Maliaga lmaliaga@itag.org.za

Please ensure that applications forms are fully completed, the measure of quantity must be in accordance with the tariff heading, for example, medicines of tariff heading 30.04 is measured in kilograms (KG). If forms are not fully completed the application will be incomplete and may be delayed due to insufficient information to process the application.

The permit is valid for 6 months and therefore the full 6-month quantity should be included. If there are fixed quantities and fixed orders these should be added.
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15 April 2020

ITAC 412.11 rebate applications

Kindly note that a permit applications for critical medical supplies as listed on ITAC’s website must be submitted electronically to the following officials:

For goods classifiable under Chapter 1 to 68:

For goods classifiable under Chapter 69 to 96:

It should also be noted that the relevant application form requires among others, specific volumes and values, which should be informed by i.e. offtake orders or substantiated methodology that supports the volume applied for as well corresponding value. It would therefore not be a blanket permit for a prolonged period of time.

Should you require more clarity you are at liberty to contact the relevant officials mentioned above.
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15 April 2020

ITAC Rebate List of Critical Supplies

ITAC Rebate List of Critical Supplies
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15 April 2020

ITAC Rebate List of Relevant Tariff Codes

ITAC Rebate List of Relevant Tariff Codes
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15 April 2020

ITAC Rebate Standard Operating Procedure (SOP)

Subsequent to our engagement with ITAC, the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) was amended to make it more user friendly.

The ”List of Relevant Tariff Codes”, what is termed the ”List of Critical Supplies” on ITAC’s website, sets forth goods for use in combating the COVID-19 virus. This list was established by ITAC in terms of Rebate Item 412.11 to the Customs and Excise Act, 1964. Only the goods in this list may benefit, subject to a completed and approved application form, from a full rebate of customs duties.

Kindly note that the List of Critical Supplies is not exhaustive and may be amended by ITAC from time to time. At this time, however, it is not envisioned that there will be a wholesale extension of this list to cover all goods in the list of essential goods. In particular, goods benefiting from a duty under Schedule 1 (ordinary customs duty) or a duty under Schedule 2 (trade remedies customs duties, i.e. anti-dumping, countervailing and safeguard duties) of the Customs and Excise Act, 1964, are not and will not be eligible for inclusion in the List of Critical Supplies (and consequently a full rebate of customs duties)

In terms of what is meant by the condition “party who is not entitled to any privileges”, kindly note the following:
Rebate item 412.11 states that goods imported under the rebate item “shall not be sold or disposed of to any party who is not entitled to any privileges under the rebate item”. Although the provision allows for limitations to be placed on the party to which goods imported under the rebate item may be sold to or disposed of, currently no such limitations are in place. Consequently, goods imported under rebate item 412.11 may be sold or disposed of to any person (natural or juristic) in South Africa for consumption in South Africa.

Please note that we are trying to expedite the processing of 412.11 rebate applications and informs applicants, by copying them in the email Certificate to SARS, as soon as the certificate is issued. However, it would assist greatly if applicant submits one application, which caters for their estimated requirements of all qualifying import goods up until 31 May 2020. This will assist greatly with the administration of the rebate provision.

In addition, the following represents some of the pertinent information required in the application form:

  1. As per Question 3 of the ITAC application form, kindly confirm whether the statistical unit relating to the quantity applied for in your application is provided in kg or units. It should be noted that quantity applied for should be provided in kg as per SARS statistical unit of measure for HS Code 6307.90.;
  2. Following from above, the specific volumes (in Kg’s) and values (in Rands) in your application should be informed by i.e. off-take orders from buyers or substantiated methodology that supports the volume applied for as well corresponding value; and
  3. A written undertaking indicating that goods are imported for relief of distress of persons in case of famine or other national disasters.

It should be borne in mind that the validity period of the email certificate’s validity period will be from the day that the application was submitted until 31 May 2020, which means that the customs duty will be rebated for any clearances made during that period. It would be more appropriate to await the issuing of a certificate subsequent to lodging an application with ITAC before clearing the goods in question.

However, in exceptional circumstances, it is my understanding that once qualifying applicants, that have submitted their applications under rebate item 412.11, receive their certificate after they have cleared they would be able to approach SARS in terms of dealing with these clearances.

Successful applicants should take note that due to the current lockdown and inaccessibility to certain services, the email (Certificate) serves as the ITAC certificate. ITAC and SARS have agreed that an email (certificate) is all that is required of ITAC to enable an importer to claim a full refund of customs duties. The CIPC attachment to this email Certificate is included in the email to SARS to enable SARS to verify that applicants were approved for participation under rebate item 412.11.

For a VAT exemption, it was agreed that ITAC would issue a global certificate covering the critical goods as listed on ITAC’s website, which has been provided to SARS. This global certificates would cover every entry for goods on the essential goods list except for the carve-out that was agreed upon.

Accordingly, no (individual) ITAC certificate is required for a VAT exemption.

Please note that ITAC is dealing with applications and queries as fast as they are able.

Please download the ITAC lockdown communique which lists important key contacts at ITAC.
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09 April 2020

Customs Branch Manager contact details

Please contact your local customs branch manager for assistance. In urgent cases where your issue has not been resolved via the branches, you can mail the Customs Command Centre at osc@sars.gov.za or call 012-4228463. Please include as much detail as possible, including attachments of your prior correspondence with the relevant branch.
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09 April 2020

Arrangement for customs services during the lockdown

Procedures that SARS Customs has put in place during the period 27 March 2020 until 16 April 2020, focusing primarily on facilitating trade in essential services for Services at Customs offices, Registration, Licensing and Accreditation, Applications for Embargoes, Special Attendance, Degroup Removal in Bonds, etc. and Physical Inspections.

The procedures that SARS Customs has put in place during the period 27 March 2020 until 16 April 2020, is focused primarily on facilitating trade in essential goods. Please contact your local customs branch manager for assistance. In urgent cases where your issue has not been resolved via the branches, you can mail the Customs Command Centre at osc@sars.gov.za or call 012-4228463. Please include as much detail as possible, including attachments of your prior correspondence with the relevant branch.
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07 April 2020

ITAC Communication to Stakeholders

ITAC import or export permit applications for disaster relief as a result of COVID-19 must be submitted electronically. Exemptions for exports all need to be directed to Marius Collins and Lufuno with the correspondence copied to Mohamed Vawda on all ITAC related issues.

You will need to complete the following documents:

More details can be found on the ITAC Communication to Stakeholders.
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03 April 2020

ITAC permits process for import and export of essential products

ITAC staff are not in office during the lockdown period, however, they are working remotely for the processing of critical rebate and import & export permits. They encourage stakeholders to contact the following Senior Managers with regard to critical core business matters:

Critical Import & Export Control Permits
ITAC import or export permit applications for disaster relief as a result of COVID-19 must be submitted electronically to Mr Marius Collins (as per above). All other permit applications should be submitted after the lockdown.
Tariff Investigations
ITAC will only be receiving and processing rebate permit applications pertaining to rebate item 412.11, which must be submitted electronically to the following officials:

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01 April 2020

COVID-19 Lockdown: South African Ports Open for Cargo Operations

All South African ports remain open for port operations. Cargo and Stevedore operations will continue in all ports and al types of cargo will be allowed to be loaded and offloaded.
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01 April 2020

IE230 Application to register as an exporter or change of current information

Please complete both forms to export stock intended and labelled for use in other countries:
IE361 Application or export permit: General Goods
IE230 Application to register as an exporter or change of current information
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01 April 2020

IE361 Application or export permit: General Goods

Please complete both forms to export stock intended and labelled for use in other countries:
IE361 Application or export permit: General Goods
IE230 Application to register as an exporter or change of current information
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01 April 2020

Export permits required for international trade

This is an urgent alert on anyone exporting anything that may even look like a Sanitiser or Mask, as well as Hydrochroroquine, Vaccines, etc., even if for use as part of what you would normally export or export as part of equipment and/or consignments of products.

You now require a special permit for this.

No application forms are available yet, and SAMED will update you as soon as it becomes available. The application forms are normally available here: http://www.itac.org.za/pages/services/import–export-control/export-control/application-forms, SAMED, under advisement, recommends that you explain why a particular product has to be exported, and why that would be important for patients.
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