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Import farm feed and pet food

What you should do
How long does it take
How much does it cost
Forms to complete
Who to contact



About importing farm feed and pet food

To import farm feed or pet food into South Africa, you must apply for an import permit and a registration certificate from the Registrar of Act 36.

Border posts

  • Beitbridge
  • Caledonspoort
  • Ficksburg
  • Golela
  • Groblersburg
  • Kapfontein
  • Jeppestreef
  • Lebombo
  • Mahamba
  • Mananga
  • Maseru Bridge
  • Nakop
  • Nerston
  • Oshoek
  • Qachas’ Nek
  • Ramatlabana
  • Skilpadshek
  • Van Rooyenshek
  • Vioolsdrif

International airports

  • Cape Town
  • Durban
  • Gateway (Polokwane/Pietersburg)
  • OR Tambo
  • Lanseria
  • Port Elizabeth
  • Richards Bay
  • Upington
  • Bloemfontein
  • Mahikeng

International harbours

  • Cape Town
  • Durban
  • East London
  • Mossel Bay
  • Port Elizabeth
  • Richards Bay
  • Saldanha Bay


  • Johannesburg
  • Kimberley
  • Pretoria
  • Mmabatho
  • Pietermaritzburg
  • Upington
  • Bloemfontein
  • Stellenbosch
  • Germiston

If you have a registration certificate, you do not need an import permit. You can use the registration certificate to import.

The containers you will be using for imports must be marked and labelled with the description of the product you are importing.

What you should do

  1. Take a sample of the farm feed or pet food to an accredited laboratory for analysis to get a laboratory certificate.
  2. Write a covering letter (on paper with your company’s letterhead on it) to the Registrar indicating that you want to import farm feed or pet food. The information must include:
    • the name of the farm feed or pet food
    • the quantity of farm feed or pet food you want to import
    • proof that you conform to the relevant regulatory body of the country (you must get this from the country from which you will be importing the product)
    • registration number of the farm feed or pet food; if it is already registered, and provide a reason for submission (whether it is a new application or another farm feed or pet food being added to a registered product)
    • written permission, if the farm feed or pet food has already been registered by another person
    • a certificate of analysis from a laboratory stating the nutritional data of the product
    • the port of entry you will be importing through
    • reasons for importation
    • the product packaging or label.
  3. Complete the application form for a registration certificate. The form must be signed by a Commissioner of Oaths. There is no form for an import certificate. 
  4. Attach the covering letter, the product label and the certificate of analysis from the laboratory to the application form.
  5. Pay the prescribed fee by cheque or electronic fund transfer (EFT) to the Director-General: Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries. If you intend to pay your fee by EFT, you must pay it into the following account:
    Account name: NDA-ACT36 of 1947
    Account number: 11 2031 02
    Branch code: 01 0845
    Bank name: Standard Bank
    Reference: 11FF1 and the name of your company name. If you hand-deliver your application fees, make sure you get a recipt of payment.
  6. Submit the application forms (one original and a copy) and the attached documents, including proof of payment, to: The Registrar: Act No. 36 of 1947, Private Bag X343, Pretoria, 0001, or hand- deliver them to: The Registrar Act 36 of 1947, Agriculture Place, 20 Steve Biko Street, Arcadia, Pretoria.

How long does it take

An import permit takes one week. A registration certificate takes four months.

How much does it cost

Tariffs for 2021/22

Forms to complete

Application for registration of farm feed

Who to contact


Directorate Agriculture Inputs Control

Tel: 012 319 7103/7847 
E-mail address:
Physical address: 20 Steve Biko Street, Arcadia, Pretoria
Postal address:  Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development, The Registrar: Act No. 36 of 1947, Private Bag X343, Pretoria 0001