How to fill in a SADC certificate

South African exporters selling goods to Southern African countries may be eligible to receive SADC (Southern Africa Development Community) certificates. These certificates state that the exported goods were either wholly or partly manufactured in South Africa. A SADC certificate gives an exporter a great competitive advantage, as there is little or no import duty charged on cargo accompanied with a SADC certificate. This lowers the buyer’s costs and makes your product look more attractive.

Countries that accept SADC certificates include: Angola, Democratic Republic of Congo, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Seychelles, Tanzania, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. Botswana, Namibia, Lesotho and Swaziland form an additional customs union – the South African Customs Union (SACU) – with South Africa that allows free passage of goods without the SADC certificate.

When you apply for SADC certificates you receive a pack of 10 or 20 blank certificates. You need to fill in one and send it with each export to a SADC country. Each section of the SADC certificate is numbered. How to complete each section is explained below. To view a SADC certificate and the below sections click here.

Section 1: The exporter’s name and address

Section 2: The buyer’s name and address

Section 3, 5, and 12: For official use (leave this blank)

Section 4: Mode of transport (road/sea/air). You can add the departure and destination cities or the transport vessel number, but this is not essential. For example, “Roadfreight from Cape Town to Maputo” or “Seafreight, MSC Marina V 123”.

Section 6: A a basic description of the goods and how they are packed. Are there any marks on the packaging, or is there a container number? If there aren’t marks, state “no marks”. An example would be: “1 x 6 metre container containing 1000 cartons of dog food”.

Section 7: List the tariff codes of all cargo items here.

Section 8: Insert “P” for goods wholly produced in South Africa, or “S” for goods made with some imported components.

Section 9: This is the total weight, including packaging material.

Section 10: Give the number and date of the commercial invoice accompanying your cargo.

Section 11: Sign and date

Back Page: Turn over your SADC certificate and complete the back page by filling in a brief description of how the goods were manufactured and why they are of South African origin. (For example, “manufactured in a South African factory using South African raw materials”). List any supporting documents that you may supply. The supporting documents are not compulsory, and may include items such as a manufacturer’s declaration.

Click here for an example of a completed SADC certificate.

Making use of the SADC certificates is one simple way to give your products an edge when competing in Southern Africa. Before you can apply for a SADC certificate you need to be registered at customs as a SADC exporter. To find out if you are registered and to order a pack of SADC certificates contact our offices on 021 850 0967 or fill out the form on this page. More information on trade agreements that South Africa is part of is available here.

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