Import readiness checklist

Import readiness checklist?

How do you know if you are ready to import?

As global consumers, we have the world’s products at our fingertips. With the rise of the Internet it’s never been easier to research and compare prices, and to trade with overseas businesses.

However, before you make that purchase, it is important to make sure that you are ready to import. This is especially critical if you are importing in a business capacity, because the success of your business depends on it.

We’ve put together an “import readiness” checklist for you, so that you can make sure you are ready to import when you find an import opportunity that is too good to pass up.

  • Are you importing from a SADC or European region? If yes, you may be able to obtain a certificate or origin from your supplier to save on import duties.

  • Identify if any of your goods are regulated and require a special permit. For assistance, contact 087 550 1038 or enquire online.

  • Decide on the insurance cover. Your logistics company can advise you on this.

  • If you are arranging shipping, select a reputable logistics company and obtain a freight quote.  You will need the following information to obtain a quote:

    • Size and weight of the shipment
    • Tariff code
    • Whether the goods need to be air-freighted or sea-freighted
    • Shipping terms
    • The supplier’s contact details and collection address
    • Your contact and delivery address

You are now ready to import!

For more resources to assist you in your journey towards import readiness, visit our Calculators page. For advice and assistance with getting your business import ready, contact us on 087 550 1038, or fill out this form and we’ll contact you.

About the author

Tracy Venter

Tracy studied at Stellenbosch University and gained her initial experience in imports and exports through working for industry. After starting her own import business, and helping some friends do the same, she realised there was a need for reliable customs registration services. As a result, in 2011, Import Export License was born. Since then thousands of importers and exporters have been helped to obtain their import export licences, permits, specialised customs registrations and connect with Import Export License consultants for advice on importing, exporting, and other customs related matters.