All items that are cleared through Customs are determined by a tariff heading (classification of the item). Once this has been done the rate of duty applicable for the item will apply. This is usually a percentage of the Customs value.
The Duty Free Concession only applies to accompanied baggage and relates to goods up to the value of R25000 with set limits for alcohol and tobacco carried by persons over 18 years of age. Goods imported which are not accompanied baggage are subject to a different customs regulation with a limit of R500 (subject to... View Article
Depending on value and the type of goods imported you may expect the following: Customs duty (percentage of shipment value and transport charges) Local tax DHL Advance Payment surcharge Any regulatory charges, if applicable
Why are there restrictions with regards to value and quantity if I am ordering items for my personal use?
Every country has limitations for imported goods that are used for personal use. This is to avoid misuse, and to distinguish imports for personal and commercial use.
When making my purchase it stated the price includes shipping costs. Why should I pay additional charges to DHL in order to have my package delivered?
You will not be paying to DHL any further shipping costs. Rather, you will be asked instead to pay customs duties, taxes and other import charges related to customs clearance in your home country, as per local regulations.
Although you ordered and purchased the goods online, the goods are still subject to an import procedure to clear the shipment through customs. Clearance depends on: The country of origin The value including transport charges The quantity of goods Each country has its own customs laws and the duties for different types of goods and... View Article
I was charged duties and taxes by Customs for something purchased online. Why wasn’t that included as part of the overall shipping costs?
Duties and taxes are most typically not included in the price of the goods you purchase online. When purchasing goods online, some or all of these goods may not originate in the country you reside in. When goods are not shipped domestically (within your country) or within a single customs union, such as the European... View Article