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South African company formation and import export compliance

  • Company formation and South African virtual office support
  • Ensuring you meet all Customs and product compliance before crossing South African boarders
  • 12 years experience assisting over 35 000 businesses in South Africa

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Company formation and import export setup

Import & export customs registration


Ideal for

Foreign nationals or companies based outside South Africa that want to trade in their own name via South African Customs


  • South African customs import-export registration for you or your business entity
  • Registration of a South African Customs Agent to represent you or your business
  • South African Customs import-export registration for your agent
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South African Company Formation


Ideal for

Individuals or entities that want to register a South African business entity.


  • Private limited company registration
  • A company tax profile with the South African Revenue Service (SARS)
  • Setup on SARS eFiling and a representative appointment
  • Help with opening a South African company bank account

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Customs import-export registration for only £150

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Open a South Africa Trade Office

From £50 pm

Ideal for

Companies based outside South Africa that want a physical presence in South Africa and administrative support


  • A South African office address
  • Professional call answering and message forwarding
  • All consultants knowledgeable in SARS, customs and company requirements
  • Postal forwarding service
  • Custom registered agent service
  • Accounting services
  • Logistic management services
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Complimentary needs assessment


Ideal for

Evaluating South African import export readiness


  • Initial assessment of import export needs and capabilities
  • Potential trade barriers
  • South African import tariff costs
  • Product compliance
  • Company formation and support needs assessment
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35 000

Businesses we’ve helped

13 600

Successful applicants


Years in business

Companies we have helped

Join the list of companies that we helped grow in their import export journey. Our customers value our expert guidance and capabilities to facilitate trade perfectly.

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Thank you for the quality of service provided by your company. We sincerely appreciate your efficient, gracious customer service, the level of detail and accountability you have demonstrated.

Dipuo KoeeNASO Accounting Insurance Brokers

The service that I have received is 10/10 for sure. Friendly swift no hassle service. I have already sent your details to a friend who also needs an export license. Job well done. I am a very very happy client.

Riaana HenzeRiver North Carriers

Thank you for your efficient service really appreciate your commitment. Import/Export license delivered as promised on time. I will definitely be using your other services and I will recommend you to my colleagues.

Solarsec Secunda

Thanks a lot for that. You guys have really offered an amazing service and have really been on the ball!

Kane MitchellUrban Machine Co.

Thank you very much, it was really a great pleasure working with you and I would refer anybody to make use of your great service!!!! Best service ever!!

QuentinSage HR Management

Wow Thank you for your services and I’m really happy for what you have done for me and the level of your service. I’m not going anywhere, I will stick to this company for the next time and for the future of my company. Thank you verry very much. I am really happy and you just made my day thank you.

Thobani Zungu

Thank you. You have been amazing. Saved the Day! Seriously. What a great service!!

Kyle SamsonWorkshop 17

Our Process


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Submit your information

Complete information form and submit specified documents.



We handle all communication with the local registration bodies on your behalf.



All registration documents sent to you. Start trading with confidence.

Why choose
SA Trade Connect?


Get all your company formation and import export answers in one place.

Guaranteed results

You will get a complete refund if the registration is not successful.


Our experts handle your registration and compliance so you can focus on growth

Local expertise

Our knowledgeable consultants will advise you on all you need to set up business and trade

Cost saving

Avoid unexpected penalties by complying with all the local requirements


Benefit from 12 years of experience in South African business and customs compliance

asked questions

What is an import and export license?

It is a number, or code, that you obtain on registering as an importer, exporter or both at South African customs. It is also known as a customs code or CCN (customs code number). It enables individuals or businesses to clear products through customs and to make international payments for exported and imported goods.

When do I need an import and export license?

Officially, an import export license is required when:

  • more than 3 imports/exports are made in a calendar year;
  • the total imported/exported cargo is ZAR150 000 or more in a calendar year;
  • the imports are for resale or business purposes and not for your personal use

An import export license is also required when you wish to make or receive international payments for imports or exports through your bank (this is unnecessary when you use a credit card, but usually these transactions have excessive forex costs).





Will my import export license work in countries other than South Africa?

No, your South African import export license is only valid within the borders of South Africa. For instance, the license cannot be used to import products from another country to a non-South African destination country. It also cannot be used to export products from the UK or African countries (other than South Africa).

Do I need to be VAT (Value Added Tax) registered to apply for an import export license?

No, you do not need to be VAT registered to apply for an import export license.

Do I need to pay any annual fees after getting my license?

No, annual fees do not apply to import export licenses.

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