SARS Customs is launching its new Passenger Processing System (PPS) at the various international airports in South Africa from today (Monday 26 November 2012) until the long weekend of 16 December 2012. This follows the introduction of PPS at the land border posts from May this year.
The new passenger processing system for travellers, which is being implemented for the declaration of personal goods and Customs payments (non-commercial), will include:
•The introduction of a newTraveller Card,which will replace the current DA331 form. The Traveller Card must be completed by all travellers arriving in South Africa who have something to declare, as well as drivers of non-SACU, non-commercial vehicles (in the case of land borders). Traveller Cards will be available at Customs.
•The introduction of a new Traveller Declaration form (TRD1). If the traveller has something to declare, they go to the Customs office where their Traveller Card and passport are scanned and they make a verbal declaration, which is captured on the system by a Customs officer. This information forms the basis of a new form, called a TRD1. The TRD1 will also be used as a Temporary Import Permit (TIP) and Temporary Export Permit (TXP).
•Anelectronic signature pad.If the traveller is happy with the information on the TRD1, they are asked to sign on an electronic signature pad and their signature is captured on the system. The signed TRD1 is then printed and given to the traveller.
•Newpayment method.If a traveller needs to make payment, they can either use cash – as is currently the situation – or use a credit/debit card
•A newDetention Notice for Other Government Agencies (OGAs)which has to be signed by the traveller and Customs officer when goods are detained for further inspection
•Informal traderswill be processed by the new passenger processing system OR the Cargo system - depending on frequency and value of goods
•A simplified process for frequent travellers eg. a resident who travels through the border ona daily basis, is being developed and will follow in due course.
•Travellers from SACU or the Southern African Development Community(SADC) member states are also allowed to bring into South Africa - without the payment of duties and taxes - homemade articles of leather, wood, plastic or glass if the goods do not exceed 25kg in total within a period of 30 days.
PPS will be introduced at Lanseria Airport today, followed by Pilanesberg Airport on Thursday 29 November and Polokwane, Nelspruit and Bloemfontein Airports on Friday 30 November. Future rollouts of new PPS will be communicated in due course.