How much is SA Customs going to charge me?

Tpex

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Hi all,

I need to import some intake manifolds for my bike, I'm busy weighing up the options on where to ship from, but I can't find a clearly what South African customs department will charge me over and above, does anybody have experience with this?
 

Drifter

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I have imported many, I mean many car parts. It is always a lucky draw, from 5% - 35%. It all depends on the customs official on duty on the day.
 

The_Traveller

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I have imported many, I mean many car parts. It is always a lucky draw, from 5% - 35%. It all depends on the customs official on duty on the day.
So you saying you imported against the same tariff code and they charged you a different duty every time ?

Or you saying (you don’t know what a tariff code is and) a different one was used every time so you got charged accordingly ?
 

Wasabee!

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From what I've read on cellphones, it can vary for the same cellphone. Like R200 or R2000, so it's a lucky packet as said.
 

Swa

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Depends on the tariff code used. If you're charged more you can have it reviewed through an agent.
 

Drifter

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So you saying you imported against the same tariff code and they charged you a different duty every time ?

Or you saying (you don’t know what a tariff code is and) a different one was used every time so you got charged accordingly ?
Let me give you an example. A friend and myself imported the exact same part. His arrived a day before mine. He paid R32 in duties, I paid R780. Makes sense, nê?
 

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Or I didnt get the lucky draw of having a customs official that is sober, nê?
If you used post office maybe.

If you used a courier company then depends on the tariff code that was used by the clearing agent.
 

Drifter

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SAPO has nothing to do with duties. A Parcel arrives at customs, duties get calculated, then only released to SAPO. On collection you need to produce ID and pay duties and VAT.
 

The_Traveller

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Or I didnt get the lucky draw of having a customs official that is sober, nê?
There’s no lucky draw. Every different tariff codes attracts its set duty.

Unless there was no tariff logged and the customs guy did you a favor and used any code he felt like (which attracted that duty) .
 

gcb

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Motorbike parts are duty free, you'll just have to pay vat. Can't remember where exactly, but there is a document out there detailing all the tariff codes. The motorbike parts code should be 8714.xxx..
 

Tpex

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Thank you for all the help guys, now I guess my other way is just hoping it actually arrives through SAPO
 
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