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Sars Introduces New Customs Management System

Friday, 23 August 2013   (0 Comments)
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The National Development Plan (NDP) provides the strategic framework to put our economy onto a new growth trajectory with a strong emphasis on lowering the cost of doing business in South Africa, improving our competitiveness and exports, and linking our products with other emerging markets.

1. Objectives of the NDP

Some priorities the NDP emphasises to improve economic performance and competitiveness include-

  • Raising exports while taking steps to prevent excessive overvaluation of the currency
  • Taking measures to increase competition in regulated sectors or broadening price regulation in sectors that are natural monopolies
  • Lowering the costs of transport and logistics and investing in remedies to address spatial divides

In particular, fast-growing African economies represent strong growth opportunities and new markets for South African goods. The NDP targets an increase in intra-regional trade in Southern Africa from 7 per cent to 25 per cent of trade by 2030 and that South Africa's trade with regional neighbours should increase from 15 per cent of total trade to 30 per cent. To achieve these targets, South Africa will, among other measures, have to reduce delays at border posts.

A number of reports, including a 2010 study by the World Bank, identify inefficient customs procedures at border posts, which raise the cost of moving goods, as a key barrier to greater regional integration. The need to capture and verify large quantities of data at border posts and poor border post infrastructure give rise to costly delays for business.

Over the past weekend, starting on Friday 17 August 2013, the South African Revenue Service (Sars) implemented a major component of an ambitious Customs management system which converted some 26 older legacy and paper-based systems into a fully automated and centralised processing system for all commercial trade across our borders.

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