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International courier

International consignments are divided into two categories, documents and parcels.

What is the difference between the two?

Documents: All loose, unbound sheets of paper and all documents that are business-related and therefore with no commercial value, are classified as documents. It includes general correspondence, tenders, reports or plans and banking, financial or shipping documents.

The delivery time is 1-6 days, depending on the final destination.

Parcels: This includes any article that does not fit the definition of a document, or which has any commercial value. This category includes samples, spares, CD’s or DVD’s and all other non-document articles, even documents with photographs.

Although delivery time to the final destination is the same as for documents, an extra couple of days may apply as a result of customs clearance procedures.

Cost: As is standard in the courier industry, your cost will be determined by the chargeable mass of your consignment; volumetric weight or actual weight, whichever is the greater of the two.

Please refer to our FAQ’s for a more detailed explanation in this regard.  Alternatively, please contact us for further assistance in this regard

Documentation required for overseas shipments

International documents have no commercial value and therefore do not require any accompanying official documentation.

Parcels require a variety of documents mainly for customs clearance purposes and to comply with exchange control regulations.

Please contact our International Operations at csprint@citisprint.co.za for comprehensive information.

You may find the following guideline helpful in terms of goods leaving South Africa:

Destination

BNLS Countries (i.e.Botswana,Namibia, Lesotho)

Rest of the World

Commercial Invoice

On document with official company markings for any goods that are being SOLD

 

Required with the Tax Invoice.

 

The original form, as well as copies, is required.

Pro-Forma Invoice

On document with official company markings for goods that are NOT intended FOR RESALE

 

Required with the Tax Invoice.

 

The original form, as well as copies, is required.

F178 Form

The original document has to be stamped by the EXPORT BANK

 

Required for goods over the value of R50 000 and intended for RESALE

 

Required for goods over the value of R50 000 and intended for RESALE

NEP Form

The original document has to be stamped by the EXPORT BANK

 

Required for goods NOT intended for RESALE over the value of R50 000.

 

Required for goods NOT intended for RESALE over the value of R50 000.

CCA1 Form

To be filled in correctly and completely.

Not applicable.


Tax & Duties:

The receiver has to pay the duties and applicable local taxes. Should the receiver be a registered business, they may be able to claim back the local tax element of the charge.

Customs:

Various countries have different customs rules and regulations regarding imports.

Our client’s invoices determine whether the goods attract duty charges and local taxes. It is therefore paramount that the invoice is completed accurately, in detail, and in full.

It is the responsibility of the sender/consignor to provide Citi-Sprint with the relevant documentation.

Dangerous/Hazardous goods prohibited from international carriage

Any goods that require a Dangerous Goods Declaration in respect of air travel which is not permitted on an airline in terms of Civil Aviation Authorities and if needs to be flown, requires specialized packaging.

Herewith a list of the most common dangerous goods:

• Magnets or any magnetic materials, as they affect the aircraft’s navigational equipment.

• Diagnostic specimens, as they may be of an infectious nature, and require special transit   arrangements.

• Camping equipment, such as gas canisters or lighters containing lighter –fuel.

• Automobile parts, as it may contain oil or ferro-magnetic material.

• Household goods as it may involve aerosol cans or contain toxic substances.

• Perfumes or any product that contains a high percentage of alcohol, which makes them highly flammable.   

• Other items in this category:

Ammunition

Currency 

Jewellery

Animal and animal skins

Drugs (Narcotics)

Paint

Alcoholic beverages

Explosives

Precious Metals

Antiques 

Fertilizer

Perfume

Asbestos 

Firearms

Personal Effects

Batteries

Furs

Plants

Biltong    

Human remains

Toxic Goods

Bullion    

Ivory

Unaccompanied baggage

Cosmetics (alcohol-based)

 

Vacuum-packed meat

Citi-Sprint reserves the right to inspect any and all consignments suspected of containing any of the above-mentioned items. It should be noted that failure to comply with the above instructions may lead to confiscation of the shipment as well as legal proceedings. For further information, read more on Section 108 of the Civil Aviation Regulations.