Importation of agricultural regulated products into the Republic of South Africa during the June/July school holidays
The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) is making a friendly call to all international travellers who will be visiting South Africa during the June/July school holidays, or returning to South Africa after the holidays, to comply with the country’s import requirements for agricultural and related regulated products. Compliance will assist our country in preventing and or minimising the potential risk of introducing alien invasive species, foreign pests and diseases that could be associated with imported plants, plant products, animals, animal products and other regulated goods.
South Africa, like other countries, has a crucial mandate and sovereign right to protect its territory, biodiversity and economy against harm, thus it regulates importation of animals and animal products, liquor products, plants and plant products, honey and honey products as well as any other potentially harmful materials from other countries into its territory. This is in accordance with the country’s relevant legislation, which is aimed at preventing the introduction, establishment and spread of pests and diseases from other parts of the world. Once introduced into the country, the said elements are expensive and difficult to control, thus prevention is pertinent in this regard.
Source: Government of South Africa