Wheat Minimum Market Access Quota applications

Minimum Market Access (MMA) quota permit applications for the year 2022 are currently open and close on 4 October 2021. MMA permits allow importers of wheat and other specific products covered under the MMA regime to benefit from preferential import duty rates.

Permits are issued by the Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development (DALRRD) to importers in South Africa for importation and consumption in South Africa. DALRRD splits applicants between established importers (allocated 80% of the quota) and new importers (allocated 20% of the quota). However, the actual quota a company eventually get depends on:

  • BBBEE status of applicants
  • The market share of applicants (based on 3 years of historical import volumes)
  • The number of applicants and the volume of quota applied for
  • The total quota available (108 279 tons)

Apart from the MMA, the EPA wheat quota of 300 000 tons is available annually. A few key issues to note regarding this quota. Firstly, the annual year is not based on the calendar year. Rather, it runs from 1 February – 31 October each year. Second, the quota operates on a first-come-first-served basis.

It is also important to be aware of the wheat quota of 30 090 tons available to importers under the Southern African Customs Union plus Mozambique (SACUM) – UK EPA.

Want to apply? Contact us on infor@tradesolutions.co.za