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Importing of Cosmetic products

by Stephen
(Kimberley, Northern Cape, South Africa)

I would like to know if anybody can tell me if there are specific rules and regulations with regards to importing of cosmetic products (soap, face wash, body cream, etc)?
Does the product has to be registered in South Africa and does it need the approval of Department of Health?
According to Customs and Excise it can be imported as long as you have an importers code...
I would appreciate clarity with regards to legalities on this.

Thank you

Importing of Cosmetic products into South Africa – Our Response

We gave a similar response to one reader. You need to contact the relevant government body. The International Trade Administration Commission (ITAC) as informed by the International Trade Administration Commission Act (Act 71 of 2003) uses a permit system to allow the import and export of goods in and out of South Africa.

Importation of sensitive goods are highly regulated to protect the consumers, the industry and to ensure the alignment with the environmental requirements and SA’s international agreements.

To get the specifics on importing the Cosmetic products, I advice you to contact ITAC.

Telephone numbers:
General Number:
+27 (0) 12 394 3688

A number for Import & Export Control:
+27 (0) 12 394 3591/
086 111 2369

To contact Trade Remedies:
+27 (0) 12 394 3600

To get Tariff Information (for the costs):
+27 (0) 12 394 3695/
+27 (0) 12 394 3720

Physical Address:
DTI Campus (building E)
77 Meintjies Street

Postal Address:
Private Bag X753

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Mar 08, 2018
Inaccurate advice NEW
by: Clyde Govender

I just called Itac now and the guy says they DO NOT regulate cosmetic products, only secondhand goods

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