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SHIPPING TO SOUTH AFRICA

If you are emigrating or returning home to South Africa and want to take some or all of your possessions then shipping to South Africa is the answer. Imove arranges furniture shipping to South Africa as well as personal effects and excess baggage shipping to all of South Africa.

We can arrange a share a container service or your own dedicated 20’ or 40’ container.  For a free quote for you relocation to South Africa complete our quote request form, or call us FREE on 0800 998 7024

We arrange furniture shipping to Cape Town, Durban, Port Elizabeth and East London ports, for shipments to Johannesburg we arrange road freight or rail transport from the port in Durban to the freight terminal in Johannesburg. Our delivery service once your shipment arrives in South Africa covers all towns and cities.

International shipping to South Africa.
When planning your move to South Africa there are many considerations to take into account; such as 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. Do you want to take your car or motorbike with you, if so what are the costs and documentation requirements in South Africa. That’s where the Imove Move Coordinator can help and be on hand to answer all those questions and work with you to arrange international shipping to South Africa on time and within your budget.

Our experienced Move coordinators will plan everything for you from providing the initial quotation, arranging the collection, packing and shipment to South Africa. 

Full container load / Sole use container shipping.
Depending upon the volume of household goods and personal affects you are intending to ship to South Africa you will need a 20ft, 40ft or 40’ high cube container. Your household goods and personal effects will be export wrapped and packed at your residence and loaded directly into the shipping container. The container will be transported directly to the docks and loaded on the next available vessel. Transit time is between 16 and 24 days. On arrival you goods will be customs cleared and delivered to your South Africa residence, for unloading and unwrapping.

Share a container to South Africa.
Sharing a container reduces the cost of shipping as you only pay for the space you need. If you only have some personal belongs to ship or a small volume of furniture then a share a container service is the cheapest way to ship your personal effects & furniture to South Africa, as you will only pay for the space your goods occupy in the shipping container.

Imove will pack your effects in your home on an agreed date. Your goods will then be transported to our warehouse to be grouped into a shipping container with other clients shipping to South Africa. We will advise shipping dates, on arrival of your goods in South Africa the container will be customs cleared and our agent will make arrangements to deliver your goods to your new home in South Africa.

South Africa customs rules for household goods and personal effects shipments:
Household and personal effects may be imported into the Republic of South Africa duty free for immigrants, and returning residents (who have been out of South Africa longer than six months) and temporary residents.
Temporary Residents will only be allowed duty-free importation if they are in possession of a valid temporary work permit.

The owner of the shipment must be in South Africa at least 15 days prior to the arrival of the shipment in order to start the customs clearance process, as documents have to be handed to customs 10 days prior to the arrival of the vessel.

Customs Documents required:
Completed South Africa customs forms DA304 and P.1.160
Original Passport Including page stamped with entry into South Africa
Detailed Inventory/packing list
Permanent residence documents or Temporary residence Permit and work permit 

The following items should not be included in your shipment to South Africa.

Inflammable goods and substances
Firearms, Ammunition, (Import permit required)
Plants, Seeds, & Plant Material (need Phytosanitary certificate)
All Foodstuffs, Perishables or otherwise
Narcotics, Drugs
Pornography
Certain furs, feathers, skins, tusks of protected animals. 

Transit Times for shipments to South Africa:
Groupage, share a container service to South Africa 6-12 weeks door to door
Sole use containers 3 to 4 weeks port to port. There is a weekly service for FCL’s.

Transit times do vary depending on customs or immigration delays, weather conditions, time of year and the volumes being shipped. For up to date information please call an IMOVE move coordinator FREE on 0800-998-7024

 

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.