Registration of Licenses & Registrants

RSA Register In order to ensure uniformity, a Register of licensees and registrants is compiled by the South Africa Revenue Service (Customs and Excise).

All licensees and registrants in the Common Customs Area are shown in the Register, except Licensees for Ad Valorem Excise Duty – Part 2, Section B or Schedule No. 1 to the Tariff.  This Register contains the names of firms which are entitled in terms of a license item to deal in goods with deferment of Customs and Excise duties and the names of firms and manufacturers which may obtain goods under rebate of customs or excise duties or firms who may apply for a refund or drawback of duties.

Purpose of Registration

The purpose of the register is to reflect all warehouse licensees, all rebate registrants (Duty Remission Incentive Traders) and to prevent illegal clearances.

Namibia Customs & Excise Register

A designated Customs and Excise Officer, Sub-Division  Trade Facilitation, Procedures and Compliance   shall be made responsible for developing an automated register for Namibia Customs and Excise and for advising the South African Revenue Service of amendments.

Procedures outlined in the chapters of this manual on warehouses, duty remission incentive traders, and securities will ensure that this officer receives necessary information from the field.


Once a firm/concern/company/manufacturer etc., is licensed/registered as the case may be, copies of forms prescribed in the appropriate chapters must be immediately forwarded to the local Regional Office.   This procedure is not only required in the case of new registrants and licensees but also for cancellation of amendments.


The Section Client services and Bonds in Head Office is responsible to carry out these tasks and for liaison with the South Africa Revenue Service.

Local Copies

Both the RSA and Namibia Registers are to be used and kept up-to-date at  Head Offices.  An officer must be designated to be responsible for maintain the registers and using them to verify entries when there is any question regarding the licensee or registrant.


At non-automated ports of entry, any bill of entry in respect of a licensee/registrant must always be verified.  The officer concerned should indicate to the checking officer that the importation/transfer, etc. was checked.  If no particulars can be found in the Register, the officer may reject the entry concerned.  At automated ports of entry, the ASYCUDA system will advise if there is any difficulty with a license or registration.  It will not, however, monitor security bonds.  The Namibia Register will provide current bond information.

Related Tax Types

Employee Tax

An employer is any person who pays an amount by way of remuneration to an employee. Each person who becomes an employer is required to apply to Inland Revenue Department for registration as an employer within 14 days of becoming an employer. An empl

Value Added Tax (VAT)

VAT is levied at the standard rate of 15% on the supply of most goods and services and on the importation of goods. It is mandatory for a person who carries on a business with an annual taxable turnover above N$500,000 to apply for VAT registration.

Withholding Tax

The Withholding of Tax is a tax charged on interest paid by any person to or for the benefit of a foreign person (which includes individuals, companies, etc) from a source within Namibia. The foreign person is responsible for the tax, but it must be

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Prohibitions & Restrictions

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Phyiscal Examination of Cargo

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Hours of General & Special Attendence

Where the attendance of an officer is required on Saturdays, Sundays or public holidays, or any time not covered by hours of services in below, the person requiring such attendance apply to the Controller on form 73 and guarantee payment of the charg

Duty remission incentives

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Refund Procedures

This is a customs procedure which provides for the refund of import duties and taxes when goods are exported, or used for specific purposes. The Chief Accountant, Section Revenue Control is responsible for the overall management of the refund proc

General Rebates, Refunds and Drawbacks

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Storage and Manufacturing Warehouses

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Transportation in bond

If a person removing goods in bond has a Customs and Excise Bond, CE 110, a provisional payment or special bond will be demanded when the bond amount is clearly inadequate to cover the potential liability to the Government of the proposed activity. I

ATA Carnets

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Security: Bonds & Provisional Payments

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Detention, Seizure and Forfeiture

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Miscellaneous Penalties

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ASYCUDA Entry Processing System

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Customs & Excise

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