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Removals to South Africa

Moving to South Africa? And need an international removals company specialising in shipping and removals to South Africa?

Imove arrange shipping and international removals to South Africa ports in Cape Town, Durban, East London, Port Elizabeth and the inland freight terminal in Johannesburg. From these major ports we can deliver to all towns and cities in South Africa.

Imove can assist with full house removals, part house removals, baggage, cars and motorcycle removals and shipping to all of South Africa door to door..

Removals to South Africa service:

Planning a move overseas can be very stressful and time consuming. If it is your first international removal to South Africa you are going to need lots of information and guidance on the International move process and documentation requirements in South Africa.

When planning a removal to South Africa you will need to consider how much do you want to send, how much do you want to pay, and whether you want a full packing service, partial packing service, or whether you intend to pack everything yourselves. Then there are budget constraints, how much you have to spend on the removal and shipping costs. That’s where the Imove Move Coordinator can help and be on hand to answer all those questions and work with you to arrange the shipping to South Africa on time and within your budget.

You will have the choice of either shipping your goods in a sole use dedicated container or by a share a container service. The service chosen largely depends on the volume of the goods to be moved to South Africa measured in either cubic feet or cubic metres.
 
Generally if you are shipping all of the contents of a 3, 4 or 5 bed house you will need either a 20’ or 40’ shipping container. The contents of smaller properties can be shipped on a share a container service (sometimes called a part load service) or in a sole use dedicated container. Shipments consisting of boxes, cartons and suitcases only can be shipped as a baggage service. Basically this is a shipment which can be collected and delivered by one person, typically each item should not weigh more than 30kgs.
 
Packing:
In order to save costs many people opt to pack their own boxes, cartons, or cases in preparation for their international move. This will certainly save on International removal companies labour costs. However “packed by owner” items will not be covered by the remover’s Insurance policy. If you are planning to pack yourself you need to
ensure the packing cartons used are of export quality. Double wall cartons are the best. Packing boxes can be purchased from packing boxes.co.uk and are delivered next day free of charge. 

Removals to South Africa costs:

All moving companies costs are based on the total volume of the goods to be moved, packing costs, collection costs, shipping costs and delivery costs are all calculated as £’s per cubic foot or cubic metres. It is therefore very important that when comparing removal companies quotations that you check all companies are quoting on the same volume and a comparable service.  Volume = the space your goods take up in the shipping container.  We are able to work out a volume of the goods to be moved from a list of the items to be moved or for larger removals a free home survey can be arranged.

For a free no obligation Removals to South Africa quote complete our quote request form or to discuss your requirements and the service required call one of our friendly move coordinators FREE on 0800-998-7024.

Vessel transit Times:
Vessel transit times vary greatly and are dependent upon the port of arrival in South Africa. The major ports are Cape Town, Durban, East London, and Port Elizabeth. Shipments for Johannesburg are via the port at Durban, and then are either trucked or transported by train to the Inland freight terminal in Johannesburg.  

Documentation:
The documentary requirements for shipments into South Africa include:
Copies of your and passport,
Completed South African Customs Form.
Bill of Lading (supplied by Imove)
Inventory/packing list of the goods shipped (supplied by Imove)
 
You should arrive at least 10-15 working days before the arrival of the shipment at the port of entry into South Africa. You must be in South Africa to customs clear your goods.
 
Imove are highly experienced in shipping and documentary requirements for household goods shipments and removals to South Africa, our dedicated move coordinator’s will be on hand to advise you of everything you need to know, and will guide you throughout the move from start to finish, right up to delivery to your new home in South Africa.
 
For a very competitive quotation for your removal to South Africa call Imove on 0800-998-7024 or complete our online quote request form.

Call today for a FREE quote 0800 998 7024

Imove International Removals Ltd is rated 4.38 stars by Reviews.co.uk based on 94 merchant reviews

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94 Reviews
I was impressed by the communication. IMove dealt with all my queries and requests promptly and efficiently. The crew contacted me directly to advise on their arrival and kept to time. All together a good service and reasonably priced. Thank you.
We recently used Imove International to move all of our household items from UK to Thailand, and found the entire process from initial quote to final delivery very easy. We had a sole use 20ft container, which was perfect for the contents of our 2 bedroom house. The chap who came to do the quote was able to reassure us that the container lorry would be able to reach our house ok, as that was one of our worries. The 2 man packing team arrived at 8:30am on the Thursday and set about wrapping and boxing everything. I can't speak highly enough about how hard they worked that day - it was virtually impossible to get them to stop for a tea break. The only thing it would have been useful to know in advance at that stage was that they wanted us to remove the pedals from our 4 bicycles, and turn the handlebars so that they were in line with the wheels, but it was sorted in a matter of minutes. The following day a 3 man team turned up and completed the packing. The lorry was due a 12:00, but in fact got delayed until about 3:00pm. As the weather was good, the lads moved everything out on to the front drive in the meantime, in order to make the loading faster. I had asked the neighbours to leave the communal parking area free for the day, which made it much easier for the lorry to manoeuvre when it arrived. The loading only took about 30 minutes, and we waved goodbye to our goods, en route to Felixstowe Docks. The thing that amazed me most was that there was not a single scuff mark left on the internal walls of our newly decorated house! Imove had provided us with a link to a web portal which had all the details of our shipment updated on it, including estimated arrival date in Thailand. It also included the name of the ship our container was on, and I was delighted to discover a web site (https://www.marinetraffic.com) where I could track it's progress in real time. (Note to Imove - perhaps you could add that link to your web portal?). About a week before it was due to arrive in Thailand the agent at this end contacted us and talked us through all the paperwork necessary for customs clearance at this end. The ship arrived exactly on schedule, and we visited the agent to drop off passports, ID cards, etc that they needed to clear the shipment with customs. That went very smoothly, and when we returned to the agent to collect our documents we got to meet the driver who was going to deliver the shipment to our house in northern Thailand - a 700km journey. Luckily I was able to give him our exact location on Google Maps, which avoided the hassle of trying to explain a rather obscure location. The lorry arrived exactly on schedule, at 8:30 on a Sunday morning, and again it only took the 4 lads about 30 minutes to unload it. They did offer to unpack everything and remove all the packing materials, but we declined that, as most of our stuff will probably remain in boxes for the next few months while we build a new house here. So, all in all it was a very simple process, and very professionally managed.
The crew worked extra hard and returned on a Sunday to finish our packing. I can't thank them enough. Please feel free to select IMove with confidence. My bit of guidance or recommendation is to sort out the insurance ASAP.