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Welcome to The Nexlog Quarterly! – our new newsletter to keep our clients updated and informed on the latest news and events about Nexlog as well as the freight forwarding industry. This quarter we will be introducing some of the pillars of the industry, namely: Customs, DAFF and NRCS, and how it may affect you as an importer or exporter.


South African Customs require a commercial invoice to produce valid customs entries for all imports and exports. The commercial invoice must meet certain requirements, whether it is an invoice for the clearance of goods for home use or any other Customs procedures, namely:

  • It must be written in 1 of the official SA languages.
  • Be a true reflection of the transaction: i.e., commissions; discounts; freight costs etc.
  • A detailed description of the goods must be provided on the invoice for tariffing purposes. If the tariff classification depends on the physical
  • characteristics of the goods, for example: weight, composition, or quantity; the description on the invoice must include these particulars.
  • Reflect the country of origin, the date of issue and the applicable incoterm.
  • Reflect the details of the supplier and the buyer.

The National Regulator for Compulsory Specifications is an entity of the Department of Trade and Industry which administers the specifications and other technical regulations with the view to protect consumers and the environment. NRCS ensures fair trade in accordance with government policies and guidelines.
How does it affect you? As an importer it is important to ensure that your cargo meets the requirements of NRCS before proceeding to import it into South Africa. Cargo that is regulated by NRCS requires a Letter of Authority (LOA) which is issued by NRCS and is valid for 3 years. However, the approval period could take up to 120 working days from the date of registration. More information about NRCS and its procedures & guidelines can be found on www.nrcs.org.za

The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) advances food security and agrarian transformation in the agricultural sector through innovative, inclusive, and sustainable policies and programs.

How does this affect you? All refrigerated cargo and certain dry cargo e.g., nuts, must be inspected by DAFF to ensure that the cargo is safe for human consumption. DAFFF requires a PPECB to book an inspection of the cargo. The PPECB contains all the cargo information i.e., temperature, number of pallets, description of the goods etc. Once DAFF has inspected the cargo and approved it, a Phytosanitary Certificate is issued. The Phytosanitary Certificate is required for release of the cargo at destination. If the cargo does not have a phytosanitary certificate, the goods will be destroyed.


Audrey is our Reefer Exports Controller and has been in the logistics industry for over 20 years. She always strives for perfection and has a great passion for the industry. When she is not devoting her time to getting your cargo from point A-B, she is a loving and devoted mom.