Do I need any special permits to import (order) Vitamin B1 powder from China?

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Hi guys, Ive been wanting some bulk vitamin B1 but its insanely expensive here (R15 per gram) but I found I can get it from china at R1.50 a gram, just wondering if anyone knows if I need special permits as its not a medicine/drug but SA being SA might have classed it as one
 

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Hi guys, Ive been wanting some bulk vitamin B1 but its insanely expensive here (R15 per gram) but I found I can get it from china at R1.50 a gram, just wondering if anyone knows if I need special permits as its not a medicine/drug but SA being SA might have classed it as one
And you come to a forum to ask a question like and it is your first post?

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bwana

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You want to ingest something you got, not only from China, but from the cheapest source you could find there?

I doubt you'll have problems importing them.
 
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You want to ingest something you got, not only from China, but from the cheapest source you could find there?
Not necessarily the cheapest but yeah. And where do you think companies like Dischem, Nutritech, Clicks, all of them get their vitamins
 

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Not necessarily the cheapest but yeah. And where do you think companies like Dischem, Nutritech, Clicks, all of them get their vitamins
Doesn't matter where they get them from. There are different levels of quality even in the same factory and if Clicks sells me something that makes me ill there's a greater chance of accountability than some random factory in China.

And according to my clicks Vit C, they're made in SA.

Anyway - good luck with it. :)
 

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Short answer, no. B1 is classified as a food supplement. However importing in bulk, you also haven't specified if it's pure B1 classified as an ingredient, may fall under commercial import for which you may need a permit.

But as has been pointed out how are you sure about the quality? Reputable brands usually test their ingredients or get them from other reputable companies.

Now my real question, is there some special demand for B1 now like with pineapples? :) :p
 
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Short answer, no. B1 is classified as a food supplement. However importing in bulk, you also haven't specified if it's pure B1 classified as an ingredient, may fall under commercial import for which you may need a permit.

But as has been pointed out how are you sure about the quality? Reputable brands usually test their ingredients or get them from other reputable companies.

Now my real question, is there some special demand for B1 now like with pineapples? :) :p
haha, thank you so much for giving me an actual answer instead of accusing me of drug smuggling. Im not sure of the quality as I am still looking at multiple suppliers. I also have a local company which can do testing to confirm the quality for me before I do anything with it. The reason I am importing it is one of my products requires it and SA companies charge you out of your ass for it haha
 
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You don't, he didn't, he can't.
Which one?
I did, there was a misunderstanding and I phoned you guys and had a chat about it. I was then told I can register my account and I decided not to until now. Still have the emails somewhere.
 

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haha, thank you so much for giving me an actual answer instead of accusing me of drug smuggling. Im not sure of the quality as I am still looking at multiple suppliers. I also have a local company which can do testing to confirm the quality for me before I do anything with it. The reason I am importing it is one of my products requires it and SA companies charge you out of your ass for it haha

Do you manufacture performance enhancing substances?

Thiamine is also used for AIDS and boosting the immune system, diabetic pain, heart disease, alcoholism, aging, a type of brain damage called cerebellar syndrome, canker sores, vision problems such as cataracts and glaucoma, motion sickness, and improving athletic performance.
 

Swa

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haha, thank you so much for giving me an actual answer instead of accusing me of drug smuggling. Im not sure of the quality as I am still looking at multiple suppliers. I also have a local company which can do testing to confirm the quality for me before I do anything with it. The reason I am importing it is one of my products requires it and SA companies charge you out of your ass for it haha
Ah, when you mention product then yes you may need a permit. I haven't done extensive research but reading up on importing supplements it does seem to be the case. I also doubt you're importing quantities that can go by as personal use but with the tools working there you never know they may see a kg of pure B1 as no different than a kg of protein. Better to speak to a specialist importer about it.
 
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