CUSTEX CONSULTING is a specialised consulting firm with a core team of highly skilled professionals focusing on customs, excise and tax matters. We place specific emphasis on internal dispute resolution of customs and excise disputes with the South African Revenue Service.


CUSTEX provides relevant and applicable solutions to the unique challenges of participating in international trade.

The biggest challenge facing freight forwarders, clearing agents, manufacturers, importers and exporters are the complexities and compliance requirements that arise from the current legislative framework and the challenges the new customs legislation will introduce.
Although present in the existing legislative framework, the new legislation places significant emphasis on self-regulation and compliance with severe consequences for non-compliance.


CUSTEX’s highly skilled team assists freight forwarders, clearing agents, importers, exporters and local manufacturers with compliance in terms of the current and pending legislation.
Our directors and strategic partners are all experts in their field, and have specialised postgraduate academic qualifications combined with years of hands-on experience.


We assist our clients with customs and excise disputes. Our unique approach ensures that all disputes, irrespective of the financial value of the dispute or the cause of the dispute, receive the same expertise and high value input, without the “open ended” costs normally associated with such specialist services.

Our wide-ranging expertise in the field of customs and excise and international trade enables us to provide assistance and solutions in respect of any related challenges that our clients may encounter.

Our services typically include dealing on behalf of our clients with:

  • customs and excise audits by SARS;
  • letters of intent by SARS;
  • letters of demand by SARS;
  • internal administrative appeals; and
  • alternative dispute resolution proceedings

In respect of decisions by SARS relating to a variety of customs and excise issues.

CUSTEX regularly assists its clients with:

  • disputes, ranging from inter alia, tariff classification, valuation and origin disputes;
  • wide ranging compliance issues related to inter alia bonded warehouses, transport of bonded goods and acquittals of export entries;
  • trade related issues such as applications to the International Trade Administration Commission (ITAC) in respect of applications:
  • for the creation of rebate facilities and applications to increase or decrease duties; and
  • for the implementation or prevention of anti-dumping or safeguarding duties.

Custex also assists its clients with litigation in the High Court (typically review applications) in the event that SARS’ prescribed internal dispute resolution proceedings have been unsuccessful or in matters where urgent interdictory relief is required.




Director: Customs & Legal

Tinus was admitted as an advocate of the High Court in South Africa in 1996 and has over 30 years’ experience in customs and excise matters.



Director: Operations

Melissa was admitted as an attorney in 2003 and has been focusing as part of her practice on customs and excise disputes for the past 8 years.




Geoff has been practising as an attorney for more than 35 years and has extensive knowledge and experience in commercial law and business in general.



Managing Director

Michael studied law at the University of Pretoria after which he entered the corporate finance arena. He has more than 15 years’ experience in the field of corporate finance, deal making and structured finance. He is a specialist relationship – builder and as managing director of CUSTEX oversees sales, marketing and business.




Paul has consulted over the past 20 years with dozens of organisations in 24 countries specialising in strategic design and brand development and sits on the boards of various companies where he provides his unique brand of leadership.


Email Us


    7 Kuil Street
    Waterkloof Palms



    Office number: 012 111 0515

    Tinus Barnard
    083 375 0398
    Michael Maritz
    072 43006822
    Melissa Maritz
    082 921 6890