SARS Customs has been expanding the application of its Registration, Licensing and Accreditation (“RLA”) system.
The enhanced RLA system was implemented by SARS on 10 September 2021. Since then SARS proceeded to onboard more Customs client categories to expand the application of the RLA.
On 24 February 2022 SARS onboarded existing Customs clients. The system was initially intended to cater for new Customs clients, with existing clients to be taken on as and when they renew licenses or registrations. The RLA is now deemed to be sufficiently stable for SARS to proceed with the onboarding of existing Customs clients.
On 18 July 2022 SARS proceeded with the onboarding of Cargo Reporters and Traders on the RLA system. Cargo reporters have historically registered for cargo reporting purposes using the manual (DA8) process.
SARS shared the following link to a webinar that provides more insight into registration and the full utilisation of the RLA:
On 26 August 2022 SARS shared another update in a Letter to Trade to encourage Customs clients to migrate to the RLA system and to update their registration details on the RLA platform. This can be achieved via e-filing and, once set up, will greatly assist Customs clients in their communications with SARS Customs.
Customs clients are required to migrate to the new platform by no later than 31 March 2023
The latest Letter to Trade issued by SARS Customs, explaining the migration process, can be accessed by following the link below:
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