On 17 November 2020, the Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development (DALRRD) published the deadlines for submitting Minimum Market Access permit applications on agricultural products for 2021.

Minimum Market Access permits provide preferential duty rates on certain agricultural products. The preferential duty rates are typically lower than the normal customs duty which may result in cost savings.

It is important to note that permits are either granted on an annual, bi-annual or quarterly basis depending on the product. The application deadlines stipulated by DALRRD are as follows:

Annual permits (valid from 1 January 2021 to 31 December 2021) have to be submitted by 15 December 2020.

Half-yearly permits (1 January 2021 to 30 June 2021)  – If you intend to import during the first half of 2021, applications need to be lodged by 15 December 2021.

Half-yearly permits (1 July 2021- 31 December 2021)  – If you intend to import during the second half of 2021, applications need to be lodged between 1 May and 31 May 2021.

Minimum Market access permits applied for utilisation on a quarterly basis have to be lodged within the deadlines below depending on the quota period of interest:

Quota period2021 importation periodApplications openApplications close
1st Quota1 January – 30 April17 November 20202 December 2020
2nd Quota1 April – 31 July1 February 202128 February 2021
3rd Quota1 July – 31 October1 May 202131 May 2021
4th Quota1 October – 31 January1 August 202131 August 2021

For more information on the agricultural products covered under the minimum market access, please contact us at info@xa.co.za.

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