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Professional Customs Brokers – Contact BCE Global for all Your Customs Clearance Needs

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Importers and exporters on a global scale make use of customs brokers to ease the load and simplify the process of shipping a consignment from one destination to another. Making use of a customs broker puts you in a good position to focus on the other core responsibilities of your business, but some thought must be put into which customs brokerage you use for your logistical needs.



If you want to ensure that you don’t run into any problems with customs, you must prepare your shipment properly. You can get help with customs procedures and also better understand the restrictions and limitations by seeking out the aid of a customs broker. At BCE Global, we are here to help you with a professional service and guidance every step of the way. We pride ourselves on being able to keep our clients updated on the progress of their consignment’s delivery or customs clearance, 24 hours a day.


Does Your Consignment Have to Clear Customs and Are There Restrictions to Be Aware of?


When you ship/import consignments into South Africa, you will need to clear the goods through customs. Whether your consignment needs to go through customs will depend on whether you are shipping dutiable goods or documents with no commercial value.


If you are importing items, you must be aware that certain items are prohibited for export from South Africa and restricted for import into South Africa. IATA publishes a standard list of restricted items for import and export in South Africa, but there are additional items that make the list. These include the likes of cash, credit cards, any dangerous goods, furniture, fur, dry ice and so on. Jewellery, precious stones, precious metals and gold are restricted for import into South Africa.


What You Need to Know About Customs Clearance in South Africa


If your consignment is crossing international borders, it absolutely has to clear through customs at the destination county. This is done before the recipient can collect the goods / have the goods delivered. Your customs broker will handle the documentation and processing of the shipment, unless a broker is not specified, in which case the shipping company will simply submit the shipment to customs for the client to manage thereafter. All documentation must be in order and present if you want to avoid delays.


What Your Customs Broker Can Do / Arrange for You


  • Provide and prepare all documentation for the shipment, as well as for customs clearance.
  • Provide you with a list of all restricted items for the destination country.
  • Ensure that you are aware of size regulations for packages and consignments.


At BCE Global, we offer a comprehensive customs service. The fact that we are electronically connected to the SARS system means that we can guarantee you quick processing of documentation and clearance of shipments without unnecessary delays. In fact, we can pre-clear your shipment at any SA entry point, prior to your cargo arriving. Our customs service can assist you with the following:


  • Tariff determinations.
  • Duty determination.
  • Tax determination.
  • Bond / rebate store management.
  • Applications to SARS.
  • Duty and tax payments to SARS.


At BCE Global, we have many years of experience in the logistics industry. In addition to our customs brokerage, we also offer a variety of other services that include freight forwarding for sea freight, road freight and air freight, as well as customs review, to ensure that your operation is running at its peak.


Dealing with a professional customs broker can make all the difference to your import and export experience. Having access to well-networked and experienced individuals who know how the systems work and can ensure that you benefit from them, is the best way to spur your business on to greater success in the industry.


If you are looking for reliable, reputable and highly-skilled customs brokers, our team is standing by to assist. Simply let us know what your requirements are and one of our consultants will provide you with a breakdown of costs, and ensure that you are furnished with all of the information and advice that you require. Contact us via email or telephone at BCE Global today.



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