I want to start my own clothing shop. What documents do I...

I want to start my own clothing shop. What documents do I need to import clothing and where do I apply?

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In order to import goods into South Africa, you are required to register as an importer with Customs. To do this you can either collect the necessary forms from any Customs branch office or complete the forms on the SARS website before printing them.

The forms you need to complete include:

  • DA 185 – Application from: Registration/Licensing of Customs and Excise Clients
  • DA 185.4A1 – Registration Client Type 4A1 – Importer

The forms then need to be submitted to the Customs office. Approval usually takes about 60 working days to process.

For more information or to download the forms visit the SARS website