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South Africa (ZA)

Including the South African Territories Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, and Swaziland

Last updated on September 22nd, 2017

Accepts ATA Carnets for Commercial Samples, Professional Equipment, and Exhibitions and Fairs

ATA Carnet Guarantee Association

South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SACCI)
PO Box 213
Saxonwold, 2132
Tel: (27.11) 446.3800
Fax: (27) 86.528.17.46
Email: ata@sacci.org.za or icc@sacci.org.za
Website: www.sacci.org.za

Embassy in the U.S.

Embassy of South Africa
3051 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008 USA
Tel: 202.232.4400
Fax: 202.265.1607
Email: consular.wa@dirco.gov.za
Website: www.saembassy.org


U.S. Commercial Service Export Assistance South Africa Country Portal
Download the South Africa Country Guide

ATA Carnet Specifics

The ATA Carnet is NOT allowed for household effects, motor vehicles and any other related equipment entering for the purpose of immigration, contract work or temporary work permits.

  • If traveling to BLNS states (Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, and Swaziland) additional White sets are required
  • For Carnets validated into South Africa, Holders must obtain validation out of South Africa when traveling to any BLNS states
  • If Carnets are not validated by South Africa, Holders do not need validation out of South Africa.
  • In and out of BLNS states is not recognized by SARS Customs as evidence of re-exportation though BLNS are part of the South African Customs Union (SACU)

Trade Shows

RETAIL WORLD AFRICA: Technology for Retailers Expo
AFRIWATER: Biennial Water And Waste Exhibition And Conferences
IBTM AFRICA: Trade show for Africa’s incentives, meetings and business travel industry