Media Release – SARS Customs puts contingency measures in place at border posts during strike

Jul 15, 2022 | Uncategorised

15 July – The South African Revenue Service (SARS) would like to assure traders and travellers that it has put various contingency measures in place at land border posts to ensure minimal disruption during the current industrial action at SARS.

SARS will ensure that the following capabilities remain available throughout the duration of the industrial action:

The processing of declarations will continue as normal;
Physical inspections of goods will continue as normal, with inspection finalisation being centralised and managed on a 24-hour basis;
Trade has been engaged about temporary measures instituted in relation to the authorisation and management of SADC certificates of origin for cargo transported across land borders. A letter in this regard was published on the SARS website today
Border operations will proceed as normal with the available staff supported by a number of SARS officials deployed from Head Office and the regions. Clients are encouraged to make use of alternative ports should a need arise.

SARS endeavours to keep trade informed on any contingency planning relating to the strike and in order to ensure a seamless flow of trade. Please visit the SARS website regularly for updates on any SARS branches or border posts that may be closed: Latest on the SARS Industrial action impact | South African Revenue Service. Traders who have urgent issues or queries can send an email to


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