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Cross-Border Logistics Administration

Cross-border logistics can get complicated. Ensuring all your paperwork is in order can save you money and time when crossing borders successfully.  Blackies provides a one-stop, flexi-hour clearing service tailor-made to the client’s individual needs.

Costly Delays

In the Customs environment, delays can happen in various avenues. You can avoid delays by using a Customs clearing broker who understands the risk indicators, the Customs Law, and border procedures. 

According to Blackie’s expert Ernest van Vuuren, you can avoid delays when;

  1. Knowing how the Customs electronic declaration system works and how it functions.
  2. Electronic Customs supporting document cases are addressed speedily and accurately. Customs brokers have a dedicated case team with expert knowledge of these engagements.     
  3. Having knowledgeable representation on the border posts when requested by the client will assist in better communication with Customs and understanding any requirements they may request during a physical inspection which may result in a quicker release of the goods and possibly avoid possible penalties.

Cross Border Trade

All traders intending to export or import must register as an exporter and importer with SARS Customs on the RLA portal via SARS e-filing and obtain their customs licence and a customs code.  

Ernest says, “All traders intending to transport good cross border (transporters or exporters and importers delivering their goods) must register for the specific type of transporter (if necessary) with SARS Customs on the RLA portal via SARS e-filing and obtain their customs licence as well as a customs code”. 

“Once the transporter or the exporter/importer obtained a customs code, they must apply for the RCG (Reporting of Conveyances and Goods) function to be activated. This is done on the RLA portal via SARS e-filing as well”, Ernest continues. 

From there onwards, it’s smooth sailing. Exporters need specific documentation in place for a Customs broker to facilitate the clearing process:

  1. Invoice (Tax or Commercial)
  2. All permits (if necessary)
  3. Completed and signed clearing instructions* (referring to the invoice details)
  4. Completed and signed manifest instruction (referring to the vehicle and drivers’ details)
  5. An excellent communication link with the Customs broker
  6. Transporters must have cross-border permits and consignment notes issued by the Cross Border Road Transport Agency (if necessary).

*When trading cross-border, communication is of vital importance. When conducting business with Blackie’s Consultants, starting with a Clearing Instruction is compulsory. This is the first communication between us and you, our client.

Border Permits and Import and Export Codes

All traders intending to export or import must register as an exporter and importer with SARS Customs on the RLA portal via SARS e-filing and obtain their customs license and a customs code. It is important to note that this only allows a trader to import and export.   

Permits are issued mainly by OGA’s (Other Government Agencies) relating to specific restrictions or control of certain goods and movements.

Temporary Storage 

Temporary storage can be of utmost importance if you travel with goods across borders. Blackie’s assists clients with temporary storage at their Ladybrand office, their office on the SA side of the border at Maseru, their office in Maseru Lesotho, their office at Caledonspoort border in Lesotho, their office on the SA side of the border at Ficksburg as well as their Wepener office close to the Vanrooyens Hek border.   

A Blackie’s broker will assist in completing and submitting the paperwork needed to move goods across borders to the relevant authorities with speed and accuracy. 

Our accuracy in completing cross-border documentation ensures you comply with the latest laws and regulations. Blackie’s consultants and brokers help you keep your business performing across borders. Reach out to an expert today.