|ITAC national office|
|Tel||0861 843 384|
|Physical address||International Trade Administration Commission, 77 Meintjies Street, Block D, Sunnyside, Pretoria, 0001|
|Postal address||Private Bag X753 Pretoria, 0001|
To import certain chemicals into South Africa you need permission from the International Trade Administration Commission (Itac) which will decide if it is in the best interests of the public to import the chemicals.
The importation of certain chemicals is subject to import control measures in terms of the provision of the International Trade Administration Act, 2002 (Act 71 of 2002).
Chemicals are controlled to comply with the provisions of the Montreal Protocol and the 1988 United Nations Convention Against Illicit Traffic in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances. These are international efforts to protect the ozone layer and fight international drug dealing respectively.
When you apply for a permit to import these chemicals, you must get a recommendation letter from the South African Police Service (SAPS) or from the Department of Environmental Affairs.
- Complete the following application forms:
- Submit the following:
- a copy of your VAT certificate
- a certified copy of your identity document if you are not in possession of a VAT certificate
- recommendation from the SAPS in the event of chemicals listed in the 1988 Convention Against Illicit Traffic in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic substances being imported
- recommendation from the Department of Environmental Affairs if the chemicals are listed in the Montreal Protocol.
Itac does not charge any service fees but you will have to pay customs duty at SARS. Customs duty is calculated as a percentage of the value of the goods (set in the schedules to the Customs and Excise Act). For more info on SARS customs duty, visit the SARS website.