How to obtain import license for South Africa

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  • Karma:
22 Apr 10 10:16:21 am
Can anyone give me more information on how to obtain an import license for South Africa? I just graduated and new at the game, anyone knows where I should start?

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  • Karma:
23 Apr 10 09:02:34 am
Hi mohafarm,

From what I gathered, import license in South Africa is required only for specific list of restricted goods, otherwise most of the products can be imported with little or no restrictions at all.

Food, armaments, petroleum products, all second hand goods and other items considered to be potentially harmful in some way require import permits.

I tried to look for a guide in securing this import license for South Africa, but all of the sources that I read pointed to this instruction. You need to contact -
Department of Trade and Industry
Import Control
Private Bag X84
Pretoria 0001
Telephone: (012) 310-9791
Fax: (012) 310 9899

For in depth information about import policy and documentation in South Africa, you may see these links.

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Hope this helps.

Let me know if I can be of further help.

Kind regards,


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  • Karma:
29 Apr 11 03:44:43 am
Welcome back to the forum, mohafam :)

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We have a number of members from South Africa, you try searching for them on the forum, here's one of them -

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All the best!


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