Yes it is. In terms of Government Notice R814 dated 31 July 2009, SARS is now legally mandated to enforce the use of Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) for the submission of certain cargo and goods declarations and reports. It was, however, decided to enforce the electronic submission of goods declarations in respect of cross-border movements between the Republic and the neighbouring countries with effect from 1 April 2010.
Electronic Road Freight Manifests (RFM’s) must be submitted in respect of all commercial cargo carried by a road haulier on a truck that is to cross a South African land border post.
All road hauliers who are to cross a South African land border post with commercial cargo must register as road hauliers for ACM cargo reporting purposes and must submit their RFM’s electronically to the ACM system.