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Export control 

As an exporting country South Africa has to comply with the import conditions of a specific country or group of countries by issuing phytosanitary certificates. 

The NPPO of South Africa

  • maintains a database on the import conditions and procedures of various countries and the occurrence of harmful organisms in South Africa.

  • renders advisory and identification services for pests and diseases

  • conducts relevant laboratory tests as requested by the importing country, and

  • carries out field inspections.

Procedures to follow when exporting plants and plant products out of South Africa

  • Before export the exporter should find out what phytosanitary import conditions of the importing country apply to his/ her goods.  
  • The exporter may obtain the import conditions from the importer or his/ her agent in the importing country or from the National Plant Protection Organisation (NPPO) of South Africa
  • The NPPO of SA liaises with the NPPO of the importing countries to establish phytosanitary export programmes
  • In conjunction with the NPPO of South Africa the exporter establishes whether or not he/ she can comply with the import conditions of the importing country
  • The agent or importer in the importing country must apply for an import permit from the NPPO of the importing country
  • If the import conditions can be complied with, the exporter may proceed to apply for a phytosanitary certificate from the NPPO of South Africa
  • The exporter must present the goods to the NPPO of South Africa for evaluation and inspection
  • The NPPO of South Africa issues a phytosanitary certificate if the goods pass evaluation and inspection
  • The exporter must ensure that the goods are exported within 14 days of the final inspection

  • The exporter must ensure that the goods are accompanied by the original phytosanitary certificate

  • Plant inspectors of the NPPO of the importing country detain goods for evaluation and inspection

  • The agent or the importer must clear all documents with Customs of the importing country at the port of entry before the goods are released