The regulation of what crosses our borders is all important to avoid any risk when it comes to invasive species, foreign pests and diseases.
International travellers hoping to try their luck by bringing things they're not supposed to in the country will have the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) to content with.
SA News reports DAFF has called all international travellers, who will be visiting or returning to South Africa during the Easter holidays, to comply with the country’s import requirements for agricultural and related regulated products.
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"Compliance will assist our country in preventing and minimising the potential risk of introducing alien invasive species, foreign pests and diseases,” the department said.
SA's biodiversity and economy is protected by the "regulation of the 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".
Upon arrival in South Africa, all the imported consignments of regulated products must be presented to the DAFF inspectors at the port of entry for compliance inspections, as per import conditions.
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The department noted that import conditions may differ according to the country of origin/export, global pest distribution and type of products.
Travellers are advised to contact the department’s offices for detailed information regarding the product to be imported. For animals and animal products, they can call 012 319 7476/7500/6313, fax 012 319 8292 or e-mail VetPermits@daff.gov.za.
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