DAFF urges WEF visitors to comply with the country’s import requirements

The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) is making a friendly call to all international travellers who will be visiting South Africa for the World Economic Forum on Africa event to be held in South Africa from 04 to 06 September, to comply with the country’s import requirements for agricultural and related regulated products/articles.

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DAFF Acting Chief Director: Stakeholder Relations and Communications Zweli Silangwe

Said that compliance will assist our country in preventing and minimising the potential risk of introducing alien invasive species, foreign pests, and diseases that could be associated with imported plants, plant products, animals, animal products and other regulated goods.

Silangwe said the above courtesy reminder is not limited to the attendees of the above event but also directed to anyone visiting South Africa at any time of the year.

South Africa, like any other country, has a crucial mandate and sovereign right to protect its territory, biodiversity and economy against harm, therefore it regulates importation of animals and animal products, liquor products, plants, and plant products and honey and honey products, as well as any other potentially harmful materials from other countries into its territory.

This is in accordance with the country’s relevant legislation, which is aimed at preventing the introduction, establishment, and spread of pests and diseases from other parts of the world. “Once a quarantine pest or disease is introduced into the country, it is difficult and expensive to control and manage; therefore prevention is imperative.”

Furthermore, the importation 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 according to the country of origin/export, global pest distribution, type of products, etc.

Travellers are therefore advised to contact DAFF offices for detailed information regarding the product to be imported.

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 the imported consignments of the abovementioned regulated products must be presented to the DAFF inspectors at the port of entry for compliance inspections 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: Inspection Services at:

Tel: +27 12 309 8701,

Fax: +27 12 309 8785 or

E-mail: ErnestP@daff.gov.za 

DAFF urges WEF visitors to comply with the country’s import requirements
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