The definition of an antique is an item that is 100 years or older. If one is importing antiques into South Africa you are not required to pay duty on them. In order for customs to clear these goods as 'antique', you will need a clearance certificate from the South African Antique, Art & Design Association (SAADA) confirming that the goods are antique.

If you would like to apply for a customs certificate for your antique, please apply using the form below.

Applying for Antique Certificate for Customs Purposes

Please note:

  • The item must be 100 years or older in order to qualify as being ‘antique’.
  • You will be quoted for the cost of the certificate, which will need to be paid for before the certificate is produced.
  • The certificate will be emailed to you once completed.
  • The applicant will then not be charged duty by customs, but will have to pay full VAT for each item.
  • You need an import license before you try to import any item.
  • You will also need to supply us with a good quality picture of each antique for which you require a certificate.
  • Once you have completed the form below and hit the "REQUEST A CERTIFICATE" button, you will be taken to another page - please use the "EMAIL IMAGE" button on that page to upload the image.

Customs Certificate for Antique