Policy and Regulatory Alert: NRCS and LOA Issuance Delays

The National Regulator for Compulsory Specifications (NRCS) has come under fire in the last 24 months by Importers, and by SA Industry or Members of Parliament alike, for the most part due to delays in emission of Letters of Authority (LOA’s), and the ensuing costs incurred by the private sector. LOA’s were issued by SABS in the past, and were often issued within 30 days, or even 21 days. In spite of NRCS’ and the DTI’s contentions about 120 days being the global “gold
standard” today, and self- declared efforts to curb the trend, some LOA’s can take up
to 18 to 24 months to be issued or more. This delay is now perceived by some industry associations as a non-tariff trade barrier, and therefore as impeding fair trade, which
is contrary to the NRCS’s mandate. Please read the full alert here.