Special Economic Zone support and compliance services

We are offering support and customs compliance services to businesses located or intending to locate within the Customs Controlled Area of a Special Economic Zone at Dube Tradeport.

According to Special Economic Zones Act, 2014 (the relevant text is in bold for ease of reading): –

Section 24 

(4) The Minister may, after consultation with the Minister of Finance, prescribe the type of service and business that may be located in a Special Economic Zone in order to achieve the purpose of Special Economic Zones set out in section 4.

(5) For the purposes of this section—Special Econoimic Zone Services

(a) ‘‘free port’’ means a duty free area adjacent to a port of entry where imported goods may be unloaded for value-adding activities within the Special Economic Zone for storage, repackaging or processing, subject to customs procedures;

(b) ‘‘free trade zone’’ means a duty free area offering storage and distribution facilities for value-adding activities within the Special Economic Zone for subsequent export;


Section 34.

(1) Before issuing an operator permit in terms of section 32(4), the Minister must, on the recommendation of the Advisory Board, be satisfied that the written agreement between the Special Economic Zone Board and the operator adequately provides for the duties, terms and conditions for the development, operation and management of that Special Economic Zone by the operator, including—

(a) the requirements and timetable for the planning, construction, supply of infrastructure and utilities within that Special Economic Zone;

(b) the security measures that the operator must take and maintain in or around a customs controlled area defined in section 21A(1) of the Customs and Excise Act, 1964 (Act No. 91 of 1964);


Section 35

The operator must, on behalf of the Special Economic Zone Board—

(a) implement the strategic plan for that Special Economic Zone within the framework of the Special Economic Zones strategy;

(b) make improvements to that Special Economic Zone and its facilities according to the written agreement contemplated in section 34(1);

(c) provide or facilitate provision of infrastructure and other services required for that Special Economic Zone to achieve its strategic and operational goals;

(d) provide adequate demarcation of the Special Economic Zone from any applicable customs territory for the protection of revenue together with suitable provision for the movement of conveyances, vessels and goods entering or leaving that Special Economic Zone;


Section 36.

(1) The Minister may withdraw or suspend an operator permit if the operator—

(a) fails to comply with the terms and conditions of the operator permit;

(b) contravenes any provision of this Act or any other law of the Republic;

(c) contravenes or fails to comply with the customs and excise rules and procedures that are applicable to that operator and the Commissioner of the South African Revenue Services notifies the Minister accordingly;