The debate on the necessity and content of clearance instructions that must be submitted to customs brokers by importers and exporters was put to bed in terms of the specific requirements now contained in the Customs Control Act to be enacted in the course of 2016.

In a proposed amendment to the Customs Duty Act SARS have now raised the bar even higher. Customs Brokers may now be held liable for the payment of duty if they cleared goods without a complying clearing instruction from its client.

The days of blank clearing instructions are forever gone!