South Africa Import Restrictions

In order to enter South Africa, certain goods are subject to specific controls and, regardless of their value and quantity, they require the consent of South Africa government, preferably, license must be obtained prior to passage through the customs, preventing the goods from being retained. On this page, you will see what kinds of items are prohibited from entering the South Africa, and which items need special documentation before exporting to South Africa.

South Africa Import Regulations

Import regulations

South Africa requires an import permit for many goods. Before posting any item, senders should confirm that the addressee has any necessary permit. Senders should determine import restrictions from South African authorities before posting:


  • Beeswax and hive-frames
  • Cheese
  • Liqueurs
  • Meats and animal products
  • Military equipment
  • Plants and part of
  • Rice
  • Serums, vaccines and cultures of micro-organisms
  • Tobacco and tobacco products
  • Toys, resembling firearms
  • Weapons
  • Yeast.

Special documentation requirements

South Africa has no current requirements for special documentation.


In addition to items prohibited by Dangerous and Prohibited Goods & Packaging Post Guide and ECI International Courier Regulations, South Africa prohibits:

  • Clothing, used, intended for resale
  • Flypaper
  • Footwear, used, intended for resale
  • Fruit
  • Honey, royal jelly, conserves sweetened with honey
  • Lottery tickets and advertising
  • Prison-made goods.

Transporting food of any kind is prohibited under ECI Platinum.

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