The South African Revenue Services and Organized Labour have recently been engaged in wage negotiations. A decision was made by Organized Labour that the strike action will commence Thursday 28 March 2019.

To limit the potential impact of the strike action on SARS branches, customs offices and ports of entry, SARS have put in place a contingency plan to address key areas of the business that could be affected by the strike action.

Delays are likely to be experienced at branches and ports of entry into South Africa as a result of capacity constraint. Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) communication will continue, however where manual intervention is required delays will be imminent.