AustraliaBAF US$22.00 W/M
New ZealandBAF US$10.00 W/M
East AfricaCAF 10.9% + BAF $28.00 W/M
Dar es SalaamCongestion Surcharge $5.00 W/M
South AfricaBAF US$14.00 W/M
CanadaBAF US$15.00 W/M (Min US$15.00)
US East Coast & South AtlanticCAF 15% + BAF US$10.00 W/M
Gulf & Mid West PortsCAF 15% + BAF US$10.00 W/M
US West Coast PortsCAF 15% + BAF US$20.00 W/M
Middle EastBAF US$5.00 W/M


Canada:- A low water surcharge of USD$5.00w/m will apply with effect from 21st May 2012 until further notice.


Due to higher security levels in the Transport Industry, consignments of effects require full passport details before shipment can be effected.


Any shipments of charity goods require a copy of the South African import permit before the shipment can be effected.


To comply with amendment 33 of the IMDG code and with effect from 01/01/2008 all Dangerous Goods Notes must be typed and the information in box 12 must be shown in the following sequence:-

  • UN number
  • Proper shipping name
  • Technical name (applicable to NOS proper shipping names)
  • Class
  • Subsidiary risk (if applicable)
  • Packing group
  • Flashpoint (if applicable)
  • Marine pollutant (if applicable)
  • Packaging details (ie. number of outer and inner packagings)


Dangerous Goods Notes submitted in any other format will not be accepted.

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact your local Alliance office

Importer Security Filing (ISF-10+2)

Importer Security Filing (ISF-10+2) is a US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) regulation requiring US importers and vessel operating carriers to submit cargo details (manifest information) in advance of shipment. Effective from 26 January 2010 ISF-10+2 became mandatory for all cargo exported to the US.

US CBP has determined that the responsibility for ISF filing lies with the importer of record who may delegate the filing process to a customs broker who holds their power of attorney.

The ’10’ section of the regulation is known as the Importer Security Filing (ISF-10) which must be submitted no later than 24 hours prior to vessel loading. The following data must be filed for all Bills of Lading:-

  • Seller (Owner) Complete Name & Address
  • Buyer (Owner) Complete Name & Address
  • Importer of Record name & IRS number
  • Consignee Name and IRS Number(s)
  • Manufacturer ( Supplier) Complete Name & Address
  • “Ship To” Party complete Name and Address
  • Country of Origin
  • Commodity Harmonized Tariff Number
  • Container Stuffing Location Complete Name and Address
  • Consolidator Complete Name and Address

Non-compliant filings or failure to file will eventually be subject to a $5000.00 fine by US CBP for each instance of non-compliance.

To avoid unnecessary shipment delays and / or US CBP fines, please contact your local Alliance office for further details.



The use of Methyl Bromide fumigant became prohibited in the EU with effect from 18th March 2010 and because there is currently no practical alternative it is no longer possible for Alliance to arrange for the fumigation of cargo or containers after this date.

This means that all wood packaging material used for cargo destined for countries where restrictive regulations apply must be treated in accordance with the ISPM15 protocol.

Australia, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa and U.S.A. all require wood packaging to be treated to meet ISPM15 regulations and a declaration to this effect should be submitted with your bookings to these destinations.

Exporters to Australia should already be aware of the AQIS (Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service) requirements for wood packaging. However exporters to all destinations where restrictions apply are reminded that failure to comply with the appropriate wood treatment requirements or related mis-declarations may lead to the arbitrary repatriation of cargo at the exporters expense.


1. Importer must be in RSA at least 10 days prior to goods arriving so that all necessary paperwork is available. This is paperwork that only the importer can provide such as Passport, ID Book, Visa, etc. Customs do not accept copies, only originals will be allowed. Certified copies are not accepted.

2. Customs allow household goods/personal effects to be imported exempt of duty and VAT ONLY if the following conditions are met: a) The importer is a returning resident who has been out of the country recently for a period of 6 months or longer, ie. if they returned 2

years ago they cannot now bring their goods in as personal effects. An original passport is required as proof of this.

b) The importer is a foreigner entering the country on a permanent residence certificate, a work permit or an own business Visa. Exceptions have sometimes been made for study Visas but are not guaranteed. Retirement Visas are not accepted at all.

3. Alcohol, tobacco and consumables (food, soap, makeup etc) are not considered personal effects and are not exempt of duty and VAT at all ever.

4. Personal items such as clothing, shoes, sporting and recreational equipment, books etc may be imported if: a) Goods were exported by a resident for use while abroad and are now being re-imported. b) Goods are imported by a non-resident for their own personal use during their stay in RSA.

5. ALL shipments of personal effects/household goods must have a detailed and priced inventory list showing each item, number of that item and a value. General listings are not allowed, eg. stationary. It must be specified as pens, books, note pads etc.


1. Never send used clothing, it is not allowed at all ever and will have to be returned or burnt under Customs supervision. 2. New clothing is generally also excluded from any kind of rebate on duty and VAT 3. Motor vehicles cannot be donated.4. Always check on the donation of any food stuff:

a) Certain food items are excluded from any duty and VAT rebate

b) Certain food items require an import permit

c) Certain food items are not allowed into RSA at all

5. For any organisation to receive donations exempt of duty and VAT they must be registered as a charitable/religious organisation. Registration must be checked prior to despatch of goods.

6. Permission to receive the donation must be granted by the International Trade Administration Commission if exemption from duty and VAT is to be applied for. Best to do this prior to despatch of goods.

7. Each donation shipment must have a detailed and priced inventory list. No general descriptions allowed such as stationary. List must specify exact item, number of that item and value, eg. 7 exercise books $20, 15 ballpoint pens $5 etc.

8. Donation shipments should never be sent unless the importer on this side has had time to do the necessary research and apply for the relevant permits, permissions and rebate facilities.

Donation shipments sent with the best of intentions but without the proper procedures and research may end up costing the receiver more than what the donation is actually worth.


1. Unsolicited gifts are allowed from a natural person to a natural person. No company/business gifts allowed. 2. Two gift parcels per person per year, each under the value of R400/parcel, are allowed. 3. Wine, spirits or manufactured tobacco are not allowed as gifts.

Contact Details in RSA for Assistance with Compliance:

JHB: Federal Clearing – Nicky. Tel: +2711 9752924 Email:

DBN: Federal Clearing – Vinesh. Tel: +2731 3379529 Email:

CPT: Federal Clearing – Michelle. Tel: +2721 4485043 Email:


The South African Revenue Service (SARS) intends to implement new controls on import goods entering South Africa. As part of this requirement, we will need all clients booking cargo for shipment to South Africa to confirm the recognised Harmonized System (HR) customs tariff heading relating to their goods. This information is mandatory under the new regulation, and has to be confirmed on the Shipping Lines manifest for use by SARS as from 1st June 2011. Please confirm this information at the time of booking wherever possible. As shippers of consolidated cargo containers, we are required to complete the HS heading on our Shipping Instructions. Shipping Lines must complete a customs tariff heading for every commodity within the container and this information must be supplied by the shipper. >We thank you for your full co-operation in this matter which is required with immediate effect.

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