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Import certificate for liquor

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



About importing liquor

If you want to import liquor or liquor products in bulk or bottles (excluding beer) to South Africa you must have an import certificate before your liquor products can be released for delivery from the port of entry.

You apply for the import certificate only once, whereafter the same import certificate number can be used provided that the composition, content, bottle size and label of the product does not change.

What you should do

  1. Download the application form and fill it in.
  2. Submit the application form and a sample consisting of at least 750 ml of the product you want to import to the office of the Division Liquor Products by post to Private Bag X5015, Stellenbosch, 7599 or hand deliver it to Plant Quarantine Station, Food Safety and Quality Assurance (FSQA), Polkadraai Road, Stellenbosch.
  3. If you want to import liquor in bottles, you must submit a sample packaged in an original bottle which will be used when selling. The label on the bottle will be evaluated to ensure it complies with the requirements of the Liquor Products Act, 1989.
  4. If you are importing liquor in bulk you must submit a sample in an ordinary 750 ml bottle. It does not have to be the original bottle that will be used for sale because only the content of the liquor will be evaluated. 
  5. Pay the prescribed fee (in cash only).
  6. Before you import the liquor products into South Africa, you must give 48 hours notice to the Division Quality Audit.
  7. At the port of entry, apply for permission to remove the liquor from the port of entry to where you want to sell it in South Africa.

How long does it take

There is no set time for this service.

How much does it cost

Tariffs for 2019/20

Forms to complete

Application for an import certificate

Who to contact


Regional offices

Tel: 021 809 1660
Fax: o21 887 9457
City/town: Stellenbosch
Province: Western Cape
Physical address: Plant Quarantine Station, Polkadraai Road, Stellenbosch 7600
Postal address: SAAFQIS – Stellenbosch, Private Bag X5015, Stellenbosch 7599
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