Want to import distilling equipment ?- do your homework!

Published on 24-05-2016

If you would like to import equipment yourself,

please make sure you do your homework well!

It was recently brought to our attention that "I can import it myself at much less than what you're selling it!". Off-course this was a big concern to us and we did some investigation and found a very good example! ...or so it seems!

Our 25 Liter copper pot stills are selling now at R10 995.00 (24 May 2016) and you could buy it from Portugal at "only" $246.11 (about R3 937.76)! Almost at a third of the local price!  ...or is it?

25Liter Copper pot still  $ 246.11

Add a thermometer fitted to it

(as our 25L pot stills sell)

$   24.50

Add shipping costs to South Africa

(world wide economy on above example)

$ 244.80
Total foreign payment $ 515.41

Convert this to Rand

(16 Rand to the Dollar including bank charges)

R   8 246.56
Now add Customs and clearing agent costs  R   1 649.31
..and VAT payable to customs before releasing the item R   1 154.52
...and have a South African legal serial plate fitted to your still R     750.00
Total Costs R 11 800.39

Now it suddenly does not look so good to import it yourself.

Also keep in mind:

  • When importing distilling equipment, you will be asked by Customs to provide a "still import license". Without the license you will not be able to import a still and, while you're waiting to get approved for your still license, you will be liable to pay storage costs at customs (approximately R229.00 per day for the above order). If you do not provide them with the still import license, or if you want to abandon the import (because storage costs became too much)...they will confiscate the still with no compensation from them or the company you imported it from.
  • ...and you now have to have a serial plate (with legal local serial number) fitted to the still to use it (or have it in your posession) in South Africa.
  • ..and, if you found your still leaking, damaged during transit or the hood not fitting well, you could off-course return the still to the overseas supplier to have repaired or replaced... with the shipment costs to and from them for your account

Please do your homework well before importing distilling equipment ... and save yourself a lot of paperwork, anxiety and money!