Covid-19 News and Regulations

News flash: ITAC Covid-19 Notice of expiration of rebate certificates

 NOTICE OF EXPIRATION OF VAT CERTIFICATE ISSUED IN TERMS OF SCHEDULE 1(8) OF THE VALUE ADDED TAX ACT, 89 OF 1991, ITEM 412.11/00.00/01.00

 

ITAC Covid-19 communique

ITAC Covid-19 lock-down communique

 

Covid-19 Statement

 As part of the Government’s effort to combat the Covid-1 pandemic, ITAC has put in place additional import and export measures. It is hoped that such measure will assist South Africa during this time of national disaster.

 

Imports

In terms of Rebate Item 412.11 of the Customs and Excise Act, 1964, ITAC, together with SARS, has created a process for a full rebate of the customs duties and a VAT exemption on certain critical supplies. Below, in the section entitled Covid-19 Rebate Item 412.11” are links to the relevant documents, including including FAQs.

Regarding applications, ITAC envisioned a very short turn-around for processing applications and the issuing of rebate certificates. However, ITAC has received, and continues to receive, a larger number of applications than originally expected, which has meant that the originally stated turn-around time is being exceeded and is currently 3-5 days. In light of this situation, additional officials are being deployed to process applications which, it is hoped, will shorten turn-around times.

Please note that it is imperative that applicants send their import- or export-related questions and documents to the correct ITAC unit using the indicated email addresses (the Tariff Investigations unit for import/Rebate Item 412.11 matters and the Import & Export Control unit for export matters).

Sending queries or documents to the incorrect unit will result in a slower response or processing time.

Fraud alert!! Please note that ITAC does not use agents to accept or process applications and there is no charge for import permits. 

 

Exports

In connection with exports, a new regulation has been enacted for the export of essential goods. In this regard, parties wanting to export such goods will find links to the relevant documents in the section entitled “Export Control Regulation relating to Covid-19” below.

Regarding applications, ITAC is receiving a large number of queries and applications. As a result, the processing time for applications varies, but is currently 5-10 days.

Please note that it is imperative that applicants send their import- or export-related questions and documents to the correct ITAC unit using the indicated email addresses (the Tariff Investigations unit for import/Rebate Item 412.11 matters and the Import & Export Control unit for export matters). 

Sending queries or documents to the incorrect unit will result in a slower response or processing time. 

Fraud alert!! Please note that ITAC does not use agents to accept or process applications and there is no charge for Export permits.
 

 

Covid-19 Rebate Item 412.11

Please consult the documents below. Applicants should consult the Standard Operating Procedures for instructions on the application process. The application form can be found in the document entitled Application form & Guidelines. Please note that the document entitled List of Critical Supplies lists those goods which, at this moment, can be the subject of an application for a rebate of customs duties under rebate item 412.11. The list is not exhaustive and may be amended by ITAC from time to time.

FAQs

Covid-19 - Standard Operating Procedures

Application form (and Guidelines)

List of Crifical  Supplies

Goods qualifying for import VAT exemption under Rebate Item 412.11

 

Export Control Regulation relating to Covid-19 - please note updated documents

Covid-19 - Export Control Regulation

Updated Covid-19 Export permit Standard Operating Procedure

Application form

Questionnaire

Application to Register as an Exporter or Change in Current Information

Example of a properly completed application form