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SOUTH AFRICA
(Country code: ZA)

SERVICE RATE
CODE
MAX.
WEIGHT (KG)
OVERSIZE
AVAILABILITY
MAX.
COVERAGE
Priority™ Worldwide (Delivery Standards)   07   30   NO   $1000
International Parcel™ (Air)   210   30   NO   $1000
International Parcel™ (Surface)   410   30   NO   $1000
Small Packet™ (Air)   10   2   NO   N/A
Small Packet™ (Surface)   10   2   NO   N/A
CUSTOMS DECLARATION LANGUAGE English

SERVICE AVAILABILITY Registered Mail™ VALUABLES ACCEPTED
Letter-post™   YES   YES   NO
SERVICE AVAILABILITY FEE CODE CURRENCY
Money Orders™    NO    

Maximum Coverage = Maximum Declared Value for Carriage for the Priority™ Worldwide service.

Import Restrictions

An import permit is required for many goods. Before posting any item, senders should confirm that the addressee has any necessary permit. Senders should determine import restrictions from the country's authorities before posting:

  • beeswax and hive-frames
  • cheese
  • currency
  • endangered plants and animals
  • foodstuffs
  • liqueurs
  • medicines
  • meats and animal products
  • military equipment
  • plants and vegetables
  • rice
  • serums, vaccines and cultures of micro-organisms
  • tobacco and tobacco products
  • toys, resembling firearms
  • weapons
  • yeast.

The following is a list of common products restricted for import into the Republic of South Africa. For a more detailed list please visit the South African Customs website at: www.sars.gov.za/ :

  • medicine.

Gifts

Duties on unsolicited gifts entering South Africa consigned by individuals in South Africa can be fully rebated as long as:

1. The importer does not receive more than two parcels per calendar year; and

2. The value of each parcel does not exceed R400. This rule excludes goods that are contained in passengers' baggage, wine, spirits and manufactured tobacco (including cigarettes and cigars).

Prohibited Items

In addition to items considered non-mailable matter, the following are prohibited:

  • clothing, used, intended for resale
  • cigarettes
  • flypaper
  • footwear, used, intended for resale
  • fruit
  • honey, royal jelly, conserves sweetened with honey
  • lithium batteries
  • lottery tickets and advertising
  • narcotics, and habit forming drugs
  • poisons and toxic substances
  • prison made and penitentiary made goods
  • Weapons of any kind.

The following is a list of common products prohibited for import into the Republic of South Africa. For a more detailed list please visit the South African Customs website at: www.sars.gov.za/ :

  • drugs and narcotics
  • seeds, bulbs, raw cotton
  • honey, beeswax, bees and their larvae, used beehive appliances
  • uncut diamonds
  • unwrought gold
  • furniture.

Documentation Required

Information regarding Customs can be found in "Customs Requirements" of the Canada Postal Guide.

Document Requirements

The basic documents required for importing into South Africa:

  • a commercial invoice showing the price charged to the importer. (This includes the price of transportation)
  • insurance documents.

Note: other documents may be required by the importer