to Industry Relating to the Process of the Authentication of Foreign End User
Certificates (EUC's) for Goods Exported from South Africa to Foreign Countries
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An End User Certificate (EUC) is a written undertaking by an importer or buyer of controlled items e.g. arms, ammunition or military equipment in a foreign country that any item purchased from South Africa and exported by South Africa to that foreign country, is for its sole use. The importer also has to certify that the item is not destined for transfer or re-export to any other party or State in its original form, without the prior written consent of South Africa.
‘Authentication’ of an EUC is the verification of the signature, title and position of the signatory and, where appropriate, the identity and seal it bears. The process is commonly referred to as ‘legalisation’.
It is at all times the responsibility of the seller in South Africa to obtain the EUC from the buyer in the foreign country. Such an EUC must be a verified and legalised document.
What are the requirements for authenticating an EUC?
- The EUC must be an original document. (No copies of EUC's will be accepted nor used for processing export applications)
- The EUC must correlate with the subsequent order for the item covering the specific transaction including any annexures to the order for the item. It must at all times bear witness of:
o the issuing authority
o the place and date of issue
o a reference number
o the signature and name, as well as the title and position of such signatory, and
o must include an official Government stamp or seal.
- In the EUC, the foreign buyer or importer has to declare that any item purchased will not be transferred or resold without the prior consent of the relevant South African Authority and will not be used for the development or use of any item of mass destruction.
Process to follow in states that are not members of The Hague Conference on Private International Law’s Apostille Convention:
- First verify the signature and details on the EUC with the State Authority in the foreign country. The State Authority is either the state department responsible for foreign relations or any other organ of state formally mandated by the foreign country.
- Once the EUC has been legalised by the foreign country's State Authority, submit it to the South African diplomatic or consular representative accredited to that foreign country to legalise the relevant signature and annexures (where applicable).
- Submit the EUC to the Chief Directorate: Peace and Security, Sub-Directorate Disarmament at the Department of International Relations and Cooperation, Pretoria, for an approval letter to be issued to the Chief Directorate: Consular Services verifying the existence of a permit.
- The final authentication of the EUC is performed by the Legalisation Section in the Chief Directorate: Consular Services of the Department of International Relations and Cooperation, Pretoria, South Africa.
Process to follow in member states of the Hague Conference on Private International Law’s Apostille Convention:
- If issued by a state authority the EUC needs only to be legalised with the instrument of the apostille by the Central Authority designated by the issuing state to The Hague Conference. (Detail is available on the website of The Hague Conference at www.HccH.net).
- If issued by a private buyer or importer the EUC must follow the appropriate notarial process in the state of issue, before it can be legalised by means of an apostille by the same Central Authority.
- Once the EUC has been joined to an apostille-certificate it shall be submitted directly to the Chief Directorate: Peace and Security, Sub-Directorate: Disarmament at the Department of International Relations and Cooperation, Pretoria.
Regulation of Foreign Military Assistance Act, 1998 (Act 15 of 1998)
Rule 63 of the Rules of the High Court (South Africa)
The Hague Convention of 5 October 1961
Armaments Development and Production Act, 1968 (Act 57 of 1968)
Arms and Ammunition Act, 1969 (Act 75 of 1969)
Teargas Act, 1964 (Act 16 of 1964)
Non-Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction Act, 1993 (Act 87 of 1993), and
Nuclear Energy Act, 1999 (Act 46 of 1999).
Copies of Acts are available on www/gov.za or can be obtained from the Government Printer.
Upon submission of the EUC to the Legalisation Section and provided all documents are in order, the document will be legalised within 30-45 minutes. The Legalisation Section is open to the public from 08h30 to 12h30 (Monday - Friday).
to be completed
Chief Directorate Peace and Security
460 Soutpansberg Road
Telephone: (012) 351 1582/08
Chief Directorate Consular Services
Legalisation Section NE2A-Ground Floor
460 Soutpansberg Road
Telephone: (012) 351-1231/2
Fax: (012) 323 4372
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