Minimum Market Access application deadline

Minimum Market Access (MMA) quota permits for the first quarter of 2021 are currently open and close on 27 November 2020. This deadline also applies to quota permits issued on an annual basis. MMA permits allow importers of specific products covered under the MMA regime to benefit from preferential import duty rates. This helps in cost savings especially on products that incur large import duties.

Permits are issued by The Department of Agriculture Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) to importers in South Africa for importation and consumption in South Africa.

There are products covered in the MMA regime that are also eligible to be imported through the EPA Tariff Rate Quota system, for example, wheat. Importation under both regimes may yield large import duty savings. You can find out more by clicking here.

Products covered under MMA
  • Wheat, Maize, Pasta
  • Buckwheat, Millet and Canary Seed; Other Cereals
  • Undenatured Ethyl Alcohol, Wines, Wiskies, Gin, Vodka
  • Peas (Pisum sativum), Other mixtures of Vegetables, Grapes, Dried Mixtures of Nuts or Dried Fruits
  • Ice cream mixtures, Pudding mixtures
  • Meat of Bovine Animals, Meat of Sheep or Goats
  • Milk and Cream
  • Butter and Other Fats and Oils Derived from Milk, Dairy Spreads
  • Cheese and Curd (Excluding Cheddar and Gouda Cheese)
  • Birds’ Eggs
  • Unmanufactured Tobacco; Tobacco Refuse
What does DAFF consider?

A number of factors are taken into account in allocating the quota volume. These are:

  • The BEE status of the applicant
  • Market share of the applicant based on previous import data
  • Size of the quota applied for
  • Available quota
  • The number of applicants
Need assistance with an MMA quota application or simply want to know more? Contact us on infor@tradesolutions.co.za