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Here's what you need to know about customs duty on sugar

by , 18 January 2013
SARS released the latest revision of its external policy on customs duty on sugar last week. The policy document explains when customs duty on sugar is triggered, as well as the documents you'll need to keep if you're involved in the import or export of sugar.

When is customs duty triggered on sugar?

Customs duty on sugar is triggered by its availability on the world market. When availability of sugar is high, a customs duty is imposed as a protective measure. When the availability of sugar is low, the need for protection is removed.
Quotas are allocated to registered sugar exporters by the allocating authority in the country of export and are valid from 1 April to 31 March of the quota year.
2 documents you'll need to keep if you export sugar

A certificate of origin will prove to customs that the sugar has been:

  • Wholly produced in the country of origin,
  • Consigned by a registered exporter to a registered consignee, and
  • Exported within 20 days of the date of certification.
You'll also need to keep any documents that serve as proof that the sugar has been consigned directly. The transport document for the consignment is generally accepted as proof of direct consignment of the sugar.
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