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South Africa: Defining “days” during lockdown for customs purposes (COVID-19)

South Africa: Defining “days” during lockdown

National Treasury on 1 April 2020 released a draft bill that includes provisions applicable to the administration of customs law.


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In particular, the bill includes measures to clarify that for purposes of determining what are the customs-related implications of the “lockdown” as ordered in reaction to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the lockdown period 26 March 2020 to 16 April 2020 will be regarded as “dies non”—that is, a day that has no legal effect.

Thus, the days during the lockdown period are not to be counted for purposes of calculating certain time periods that apply in respect of certain customs actions (such as the furnishing of documents or proof, or the submission of reports, notices or notifications, among others).

The measures have an effective date of 1 April 2020.

Read an April 2020 report [PDF 86 KB] prepared by the KPMG member firm in South Africa

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