The DTFS does NOT replace the Carnet de Passage en Douane (CPD) used for imported vehicles.

The DTFS does NOT replace the ATA Carnet system for commercial travel

The DTFS does NOT replace the National Bonds currently used for Transit Cargoes to anywhere in Africa.

The cost of the DTFS not based on number of countries to be transited, or the Customs value of the cargo.

The process for application to use the DTFS Seals is simple and does not require extensive paperwork in addition to the normal Customs Declaration.

The 6 step process is described below:

Exporter (Forwarder) or Cargo Owner contacts Transporter to collect a load.

  • Transporter places truck for loading

  • Clearing Agent prepares documents and Registers Customs Declaration SAD 500 on Customs IT System

  • Truck is given a hard copy of the export documents and returns to transporter premises. Transporter makes out the Road Manifest and attaches the manifest to the Export documents.

  • Transporter proceeds to the CARGOBOND Centre on the route to the border where the CARGOBOND staff fit and arm the Electronic seal and notes the seal number on the export documents. The CARGOBOND Centre operates 24 hours every day.

  • Transporter then emails all export documents, including cargo manifest and customs declaration SAD 500 to the CARGOBOND office.

  • CARGOBOND enters the Electronic Seal number, the Transporter details, truck registration, Drivers name and contact mobile number, and the load destination, into the DTFS IT system, and attaches a soft copy of all relevant documents;

  • Road Manifest

  • Customs declaration SAD 500

  • Regional Customs Transit Guarantee (RCTG)

  • Certificate of Origin

  • Commercial Invoice

  • Packing List

  • Other Export/Import Documents


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