Importers and Exporters are required to comply with the requirements of the Customs and Excise Act, Customs Policies and Procedures, Duty Tariff Classifications as well as payment of Duties and VAT.  Failure to comply with these complex requirements can result in Customs imposing penalties and may even lead to confiscation of goods.

Trade Ocean is a licensed and accredited Customs Clearing Agent with a highly experience and skilled Customs Compliance Team that facilitates the required logistical procedures and declarations on behalf of our clients. Customs clearing services are available in our Cape Town, Durban and Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth) branches across a wide range of cargo types.

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Customs Clearing services in South Africa include:


Import and Export of Dangerous Goods

Entrust your shipment of hazardous goods to a professional handling company with a proven track record. Trade Ocean offers a competitive door to door service that ensures the successful handling, transportation and shipping of dangerous goods. Our services include packaging goods with appropriate labels and signs, clearing and forwarding dangerous goods, as well as handling the documentation needed for customs regulations and storage.


Cross Border Customs Clearing

Trade Ocean provides international cross border clearing within the Southern and Central African regions. Our clearing agents are highly trained and experienced in cross border customs, to ensure that the process is fast and seamless. Find out more about our Cross Border Customs Clearance Services.


Transport and Handling of Project Cargo

For the transportation of oversized cargo which are then lifted or installed into place, our specialised offices at the various ports will support any project cargo services within the boundaries of Southern Africa as far as Zambia and the DRC.
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Import & Export of Perishable Cargo

As established clearing and forwarding agents, Trade Ocean manages one of the largest perishable cargo networks in South Africa. Our range of full logistical services include PPECB inspections and State Vet releases. Through our accreditation with the Department of Customs and Excise, Trade Ocean provides 24-hour dock supervision to oversee the loading and unloading of sea freight cargo.

For air freight, Trade Ocean holds accounts with all the major national and international airlines, and has close ties with all health departments. This expedites the processing of inspections, releases and clearances, for the most efficient and secure delivery of perishable cargo.

Find out more by visiting our Import & Export of Perishable Goods page.