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Home to over 52 million people South Africa sits at the most southerly tip of the African continent and is considered to be the largest economic force in the region. South Africa both produces and consumes vast amounts of energy, and the nation is also a mecca for tourism, with vast natural resources and beautiful landscapes. South Africa does have an active trade agreement with the European Union, which offers distinct benefits when sending a parcel from EU member states to South Africa. The upper-middle income economy is quite advanced, but despite this retailers were originally sceptical about whether e-commerce would ever become a big thing in South Africa, because of the high barrier of entry but today e-commerce is booming. With the abundance of choice online, consumers have become more demanding and will look to overseas markets and foreign sellers if the price is correct, and the shipping is available. When sending parcels to South Africa it is important to provide a South African personal identification number on the customs invoice so customs can review where the parcel is going to and can also collect payment of any customs duty more easily. Consumers, the majority of whom are women aged between 18 to 39, in cities such as Cape Town and Johannesburg are ordering goods from abroad frequently and often want to track the parcel to delivery, which is something we can provide, should you place an order on our global shipping marketplace. eCommerce may not be the only reason you need to send a parcel to South Africa for, gifts are sent, whilst expats may need to be able to ship parcels home. Parcel volume increases for cultural celebrations plus there is an endless list of common reasons for sending goods to this vast and impressive country. IMPORTANT- Standard regulations for sending to South Africa mean the following information must be provided on customs documents for parcels being shipped to South Africa. A South African personal identification number is a 13-digit number containing only numeric characters, and no whitespace, punctuation, or alpha characters. It is defined as YYMMDDSSSSCAZ:YYMMDD represents the date of birth (DoB )SSSS is a sequence number registered with the same birth date (where females are assigned sequential numbers in the range 0000 to 4999 and males from 5000 to 9999) C is the citizenship with 0 if the person is a SA citizen, 1 if the person is a permanent resident A is 8 or 9. Prior to 1994 this number was used to indicate the holder's race Z is a checksum digit. Using ID Number 8001015009087 as an example, it would read as follows: The ID indicates that a male citizen was born on 1 January 1980; he was the 10th male to be registered (assuming that the first male to be registered on that day would be assigned the sequence number 5000). If the recipient is not a SA resident their national insurance number or alternatively their passport number will be required.