The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) is making a friendly call to all international travellers visiting South Africa during the Easter holidays, or locals returning to South Africa after the holidays, to comply with the country’s import requirements for agricultural, and related, regulated products and articles. Compliance with these regulations helps to prevent and minimise the risk of introducing alien invasive species and foreign pests and diseases associated with imported plants, plant products, animals, animal products and other regulated goods.

South Africa has a crucial mandate and a sovereign right to protect its territory, biodiversity and economy against harm, and regulates importation of animals, animal products, liquor products, plants, plant products, honey and honey products and any other potentially harmful materials from other countries into its territory. This is in accordance with the relevant legislation, aimed at preventing the introduction, establishment and spread of pests and diseases from other parts of the world. Once a pest or disease is introduced into the country, it is difficult and expensive to control and manage, thus prevention is imperative.

The import of certain liquor products with an alcohol content of more than 1% into the country for drinking purposes is restricted, except on the authority of an import certificate issued by DAFF.

Please note that import conditions may differ depending on the country of origin/export, global pest distribution, type of products, etc. Travellers are advised to contact the DAFF offices for detailed information regarding the product to be imported, through:

  • Animals and animal products:

Tel:  +27 12 319 7476/ 7500/ 6313

Fax:  +27 12 319 8292, E-mail:  VetPermits@daff.gov.za

  • Plants and plant products:

Tel: +27 12 319 6102/ 6130/ 6207/ 6313

Fax: +27 12 319 6370, E-mail: PlantHealthPermits@daff.gov.za

  • Liquor products:

Tel: +27 11 971 5138/ +27 12 319 6137

E-mail: NjokoS@daff.gov.za

Upon arrival in South Africa, all imported consignments of the above-mentioned regulated products must be presented to DAFF inspectors at the port of entry for compliance inspection as per import conditions. The consignments may not be removed from the port of entry without written authorisation or before being granted entry by the DAFF inspectors.

For information on DAFF inspection services and procedures, contact the Directorate of Inspection Services at tel: +27 12 309 8701, fax: +27 12 309 8785 or e-mail: ErnestP@daff.gov.zaPress release