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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Classify commodities according to customs tariff 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
252434  Classify commodities according to customs tariff 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Transport and Logistics Operations 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 11 - Services Transport, Operations and Logistics 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
REGISTRATION STATUS REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE SAQA DECISION NUMBER
Reregistered  2018-07-01  2023-06-30  SAQA 06120/18 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2024-06-30   2027-06-30  

In all of the tables in this document, both the pre-2009 NQF Level and the NQF Level is shown. In the text (purpose statements, qualification rules, etc), any references to NQF Levels are to the pre-2009 levels unless specifically stated otherwise.  

This unit standard replaces: 
US ID Unit Standard Title Pre-2009 NQF Level NQF Level Credits Replacement Status
11231  Classify Commodities according to the Customs Tariff  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Complete 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
This Unit Standard is for people who are required to prepare customs entries at schedule level 1. Individuals who are classified with this Unit Standard will be able to recall, comprehend and apply information contained in source documents to classify commodities in terms of the harmonised system.

The qualifying learner is capable of:
  • Explaining the background to the harmonised system.
  • Classifying commodities within the harmonised system from given information.
  • Applying the principles of mass, area and volume to determine factors in tariffed classification and statistical quantities. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    Learners accessing this qualification will be assumed competent in:
  • Communication at NQF Level 2 or equivalent.
  • Mathematical Literacy at NQF Level 2 or equivalent. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Explain the background to the harmonised system. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    A brief history of the harmonised system is given in accordance with the background of the world customs organisation (WCO). 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The purpose of harmonised system is explained in terms of the world customs organisation (WCO). 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Classify commodities within the harmonised system from given information. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The rules of interpretation are explained in terms of the introduction to the harmonised commodity description and coding system. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The section, chapter and heading notes are used to classify given commodities. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The concept of the eight digit heading is explained in order to be able to interpret what would be foreign, local or international heading given on an invoice. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The commodity is categorised according to the South African Tariff up to the eight digit heading. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    A minimum of 30 products must be classified.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Apply the principles of mass, area and volume to determine factors in tariffed classification and statistical quantities. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Mass for duty purposes is explained in order to differentiate between gross mass, net mass and legal mass. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Conversion calculations are carried out in order to establish the units of measure for classification purposes. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Units of measure may include but are not limited to mass, volume, length, electrical, height, litreage.
     


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • An individual wishing to be assessed (including through RPL) against this unit standard may apply to an assessment agency, assessor or provider institution accredited by the relevant ETQA.
  • Anyone assessing a learner against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this unit standard or assessing this unit standard must be accredited as a provider with the relevant ETQA.
  • Moderation of assessment will be conducted by the relevant ETQA at its discretion. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
  • Background to the Harmonised Commodity Description and Coding System.
  • Sections of the Customs Act pertaining to Tariff Classification as applicable at the given pointing time.
  • The South African Tariff Structure and Tariff Headings applicable at the given point in time.
  • Tariff aids:
    > The Alphabetical Index.
    > The Chemical Dictionary.
    > Dictionary of Mechanical Engineering.
    > Dictionary of Electrical Engineering.
  • General Notes to Schedule 1 of the Customs Tariff and the Explanatory Notes to the Harmonised System.
  • The Concepts of mass, area and volume as they apply to the Customs Tariff Classification. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems related to the classification of commodities. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information which will assist in the classification of commodities according to the customs tariff. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology to assist in the conversions of information for classification purposes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems where it is important to be accurate in the classification of commodities according to the customs tariff. 

    UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    N/A 

    REREGISTRATION HISTORY 
    As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this unit standard was Reregistered in 2012; 2015. 

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    This unit standard replaces unit standard 11231, "Classify Commodities according to the Customs Tariff", Level 3, 5 credits. 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Elective  59365   National Certificate: Freight Forwarding and Customs Compliance  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  TETA 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
    This information shows the current accreditations (i.e. those not past their accreditation end dates), and is the most complete record available to SAQA as of today. Some Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionaries have a lag in their recording systems for provider accreditation, in turn leading to a lag in notifying SAQA of all the providers that they have accredited to offer qualifications and unit standards, as well as any extensions to accreditation end dates. The relevant Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionary should be notified if a record appears to be missing from here.
     
    1. Aldabri 106 Institute for Quality Pty Ltd 
    2. BPL Academy 
    3. Centre for Logistics Excellence (Pty) Ltd 
    4. College for Business and Maritime Studies 
    5. Global Maritime Legal Solutions Pty Ltd 
    6. Learning Exchange Pty (Ltd) 
    7. Metro Minds 
    8. P and R Development and Training (Pty) Ltd 
    9. Phephani Learnerships cc 
    10. Robertsons Cargo Consultancy (Pty) Ltd 
    11. SA Maritime School and Transport College 
    12. School of Shipping 
    13. Skills Development Specialists 
    14. Y2K College 



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