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Import exemption for liquor

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



About import exemption certificate for liquor

You must apply for an import certificate for liquor if you want to import more than 12 litres of liquor for own use. The minimum amount you can import annually are 180 litres.

You do not have to apply for this certificate if the alcohol you want to import:

  • has an alcohol content of more than one percent, forms part of your luggage and is for personal drinking
  • does not exceed 12 litres in volume.

You are not allowed to use this certificate to sell or distribute liquor.

What you should do

  1. You must download the Application for an import exemption form, under Forms to complete and fill it in. You do not attach anything on the form and you will not be required to give samples of the liquor you want to import.
  2. When you get to the port of entry, you must give it to the inspector from the Department of Agriculture or alternatively, e-mail it to before going to the port of entry.

How long does it take

You will receive the certificate the same day.

How much does it cost

Tariffs for 2018/19

Forms to complete

Application for an import exemption

Who to contact


Regional office
Tel: 021 809 1660
Fax: 021 887 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