About Us

WHAT IS EKIMPORT?

Ekimport is an online “Crowd Importing Platform” that enables SME retailers and online sellers to source global products from exporters at bulk (wholesale) prices without actually having to buy products in bulk.


WHAT IS EKIMPORT’S VISION?

Ekimport’s vision is to make cross-border trade for Small Medium Enterprises (SMEs) easy and more profitable using group commerce enabled by online Crowd Importing Platform and data-science (A.I.).


WHAT IS EKIMPORT’S SOCIO-ECONOMIC IMPACT?

Status quo of cross-border trade by SMEs:
  • SME retailers / online sellers - who sell products on platforms like Coupang (Korea), Flipkart (India) and Shopee (Singapore) - have no bargaining power to get bulk (wholesale) prices when they source global products, because their order-size is too small for exporters to give bulk (wholesale) prices.
  • As a result, SME retailers are dependent on larger importers and distributors for sourcing global products. This means that the trendiest, newest and most innovative global products are usually out of direct reach of SME retailers, until some larger importer/distributor starts to source them.
Cross-border trade for SMEs via Ekimport:
  • SME retailers can have direct access to new and innovative products available from exporters across the globe. They can maintain a wide variety of global products with leaner inventory as they have no pressure to buy in bulk to get bulk (wholesale) prices.
  • This is possible because SME retailers can source small quantities of products across the globe and still be able to get wholesale (low) prices from exporters via Crowd Importing on Ekimport.


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Resources related to importing in South Africa

SARS’s Customs division plays an integral role in facilitating the movement of goods and people entering or exiting the borders of the Republic. The Excise division levies duties on certain locally manufactured goods & on their imported equivalents.

Before goods can be imported or exported, a number of steps need to take place. If you want to perform any Customs related activities, SARS may require that you register in terms of Section 59A and / or get a license in terms of Section 60.

If any person has contravened or failed to comply with any provisions of the Customs and Excise Act then it will be considered as committing a customs offence and a deposit for a possible contravention can then be charged by the relevant authority.

All goods must be declared on importation. Once in the declaration system and the goods are selected for physical inspection, a case will be created on the SARS SSM which links the declaration made on the cargo with a physical inspection due.