Issue Date: 
Monday, January 18, 2016

Imported content - 8 important things you need to know

What is Imported Content? If you are operating in the tender environment you will know that content is the term that is used for your products/services/goods that you intend in selling to the Government.

South Africa needs to create new jobs. One way to do this is by ensuring that the manufacturing sector is constantly growing. To encourage economic growth and to stimulate job creation the Department of Trade and Industry (the DTI) has designated industries, sectors and sub-sectors for local production at a specified level of local content .You can find out which these sectors are by visiting their website at www.dti.goz.za.

But what is Imported Content and why must we know what Local Content is? In order for you to understand this better here are eight important things you need to know about Imported Content:

1. According to SATS 1286:2011* , the local content of a product is the tender price less the value of imported content, expressed as a percentage.

2. It is, therefore, necessary to first calculate the imported value of a product to determine the local content of a product.

3. Identify the imported content, if any, by value for components or material or services (Goods).

4. In the case of Goods sourced from a South African manufacturer, agent, supplier or subcontractor (i.e. third party), obtain that information and Declaration D1** from the third party.

5. Very important to know as stated in clause 3.2.4 of SATS 1286:2011: “If information on the origin of the Goods is not available, it will be deemed to be imported content.”

6. Imported content of Goods are separated into two categories, namely:

a. Goods imported directly by the tenderer; and

b. Goods imported by a third party and supplied to the tenderer.

7. When the tenderer supplies Goods that are imported by any third party (for example, a domestic manufacturer, agent, supplier or subcontractor in the supply chain), the onus is on the tenderer to obtain verifiable evidence from the third party.

8. Exemptions, if any, are granted by the Department of Trade and Industry (the DTI). Evidence of the exemptions must be provided and included in Annexure D.

Once you have determined the Important Content of your goods you can determine if you are within the Local Content limits set out in the Designated Sector list.

Remember that when you respond to a tender and your product has to comply with Local Content then you will have to complete Standard Bidding Document 6.2 as well as Annexures C, D and E. Failure to complete these Annexures (Declarations) will lead to disqualification of your tender.

If you have difficulties completing these documents you can attend our “High Level” tender workshop which explains in detail how to complete these documents as well as other difficult tender issues. To find out when our next “High Level” tender workshop is taking place email us at admin@how2tender.com.

* SATS = South African Technical Specification and SATS1286:2011 specifically deals with preferential procurement and the measurement and verification of Local Content)

** This is the imported content declaration (Annexure D) that must be completed during the tender process

When Must I Sub-Contract?

There seems to be a lot of confusion amongst entrepreneurs when it comes to tenders and sub-contracting. The Draft Preferential Procurement Regulations, have been gazetted and are currently up for review. However, these Regulations are the major cause for the confusion. Many entrepreneurs ask whether they should sub-contract or not whilst responding to a tender.

The Draft Preferential Procurement Regulations stipulates the following: 

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