Easter Period (December 2010 and January 2011) Operation 2010
The South African Government's Border Control Operational Co-ordinating Committee (BCOCC) at the Mpumalanga Province today release details of important measures put in place to prevent possible congestion at the Province's busiest ports of entry during the Easter period for 2011.
These operational measures will be co-ordinated via the National Border Management Co-ordination Centre (NBMCC), which is already operational and deal with day to day port of entry operations. Crime prevention measures will be intensified in a co-ordinated manner at all the key ports of entry by Government agencies and institutions involved in crime prevention.
Human capacity in all the Provincial ports of entries will increase and officials from these institutions will, closely monitor the execution of the Easter plans, monitor the trends in the movement of goods and people and, where necessary, employ contingency plans at the busiest ports of entry in the Province. It must be noted that the busiest ports of entry during the Easter season in Mpumalanga Province are mostly Lebombo Border Post (Mozambique) and Oshoek Border Post (Swaziland).
About the BCOCC
The BCOCC is an sub-committee of the Justice Crime Prevention and Security Cluster and was mandated in 2005 to strategically manage the South African Ports of Entry environment in a co-ordinated manner. The Lead Government Agency and Chair of the BCOCC is the South African Revenue Services (SARS).
The BCOCC mandate as a co-ordinating structure extends to all sea; land and air ports of entry and exit.
The following Government departments are involved in the BCOCC: the Departments of Home Affairs (DHA), National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Department of Transport (DOT), Cross Border Road Transport Agency (CBRTA), Department of Public Works (DPW), Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DOA), Port Health (DOH), South African National Defence Force, South African Police Service (SAPS) and the South African Revenue Service (SARS).
In preparation for the increase in traffic volumes during the Easter period (20 April to 4 May 2011) various Government Departments forming part of the Border Control Operational Co-ordinating Committee (BCOCC) and neighbouring countries (Swaziland and Mozambique) have agreed to implement measures which will ensure that there is quick processing of travellers at various Ports of Entry in Mpumalanga Province.
The following Mpumalanga Ports of Entry will extend operational hours as per table below:
Clearance of Travellers
Lebombo Port of Entry (POE) will clear people travelling in buses, taxis and Trucks at the Komatipoort Commercial Facility (7km before the main Port of Entry) from the 20 to 25 April 2011.
Other Ports of Entry will clear people at their main and outside buildings where applicable.
Port of Entry Requirement (RSA side)
- No individual is allowed to import or export firearm(s) without a permit. Police Officials are no longer permitted to store firearms at the Port of Entry - South African Police Services (SAPS).
- All South African registered vehicles to be taken to Mozambique or Swaziland should have the following documentation: (1) Vehicle Registration Documents, (2) if the vehicle is financed by the bank we need a letter from the financial institution/bank authorising the driver to take the vehicle out of the country, (3), if the vehicle is owned by the company we need an authorisation letter in company letterhead. This should include the vehicle insurance - SAPS.
- Emergency passports will not be issued at the Port during the Festive period. Passports are issued at Home Affairs offices in various towns/cities. No person including children will be allowed through the POE without a valid passport (at least one page of the passport should be unused) - Department of Home Affairs (DHA).
- Foreigners entering RSA should have a passport valid for 30 days after the expiry of the visit period - DHA.
- Public should ensure that they declare all goods in their possession with all necessary documentation such as invoices or proof of purchase. All imported second-hand clothing entering the country needs to be accompanied by a permit from DTI (Department of Trade & Industry) - SARS Customs.
- All valuable items such as motorbikes, cameras and laptops are to be declared at Customs - SARS Customs.
- No agricultural and animal products including live animals even for personal consumption are allowed to enter the country (RSA) without a permit. Such goods will be detained if permits are not available - Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF).
- All corpses (dead bodies) need a grant permit to enter the country - Mpumalanga Department of Health & Social Services - (MDOH & SS)
- Travellers going abroad or coming into the country are only allowed to bring medicine which will last for 30 days if they are in possession of the doctor prescription - MDOH & SS.
- People travelling to and from yellow fever countries (e.g. Angola, Congo, Nigeria, etc) must be in possession of a yellow fever certificate - MDOH & SS.
- All RSA permit holders (work or study) are no longer allowed to claim a vat refund when they export goods -. They can only claim on expiry of their permit within 90 days period before their final departure from RSA - VAT Refund Administrators (VRA).
Port of Entry Requirement (Mozambique side)
• Revenue or fees to be paid at Ressano-Garcia POE (Mozambique side) when entering.
- Customs Fees - Non-Mozambicans pay Less than R5.00 (26,50 mt). Goods entering Mozambique are liable for duties/ taxes depending on the quantity and quality thereof.
- Vehicle Insurance - Motorbike R80.00, Vehicle R150.00, Vehicle pulling a trailer or caravan R230.00, Trucks or any vehicle carrying commercial goods R200.00 and trucks or any vehicle pulling a trailer carrying commercial goods R300.
- Currency - Rands and Meticals are accepted for payment of the above services.
Port of Entry Requirement (Swaziland side)
- Swaziland Customs charges a road tax on all non-Swaziland registered vehicles entering Swaziland as follows: Vehicles (non-commercial) R50, Trucks and other commercial vehicles R80.
- Currency - Only Rands (only notes & silver coins) or Emalangeni are accepted for payment at Swaziland Ports of Entry.
It should further be noted that Mpumalanga Ports of Entries including neighbouring countries do not have credit card facilities (card swiping machine).
This communication does not address all processes and requirements at the Ports of Entry and it is advisable that before a person begins his/her journey he/she should consults the relevant departments for detailed information.
For queries please contact the following Port Co-ordinators: