Importing Freight from South Africa
South Africa has a long history of acting as a freight hub, starting with the Dutch establishing Cape Town as a re-supply point on the long arduous journey to the Spice Islands. Today the country is a top twenty performer in the World Bank’s logistics performance index. Even more impressive, given the next top ranked African country is Uganda at 58.
Most global logistics companies operate branch offices, but they are competing against two large local companies (in fact both are on the top ten African largest companies list) Imperial Holdings and The Bidvest Group.
For more information on importing from South Africa, refer to a real time, international freight index for prices and trends from the world’s largest freight rate database.
Top South African Export Commodities
|Coal Briquettes||$5.89 billion|
|Iron Ore||$5.52 billion|
South African Import Trends
Ocean Exports from the US to South Africa
Ocean Exports from China to South Africa
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List of Import/Export Ports in South Africa
|Port||UN Port Code|
|Port of Cape Town||ZA CPT|
|Port of Durban||ZA DUR|
|Port of East London||ZA ELS|
|Port of Mossel Bay||ZA MZY|
|Port of Ngqura||ZA NGQ|
|Port of Port Elizabeth||ZA PLZ|
|Port of Port Nolloth||ZA NOL|
|Port of Richards Bay||ZA RCB|
|Port of Saldanha||ZA SDB|
|Port of Naval Base Simon’s Town||ZA SMN|
Import Taxes From South Africa
- The dutiable value of all goods imported into South Africa is calculated on FOB price (free on board) from the original country of export, (according to the WTO Customs Valuation Code).
- Duty rates in South Africa vary from 0% to 45%
- VAT applies to most imports at 14% of the sum of FOB value
- For more information on South Africa tax laws, please see here
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