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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
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


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Imove International Removals Ltd is rated 4.52 stars by based on 79 merchant reviews

4.52 / 5 Rating
79 Reviews
I wanted to take a few items of new furniture to my house in Spain which I couldn't buy out there. As it wasn't a full move I needed a 'groupage' service. I had several quotes and whilst IMove was in line with the others on price more or less I chose them solely on the basis of their reviews. Whilst there were a few horrors they seemed to receive 5star reviews pretty consistently. There was one poor review in particular which concerned me so I asked Aaron what had happened and he was very happy to give me Imove's side of the story in detail. He came across as very open and transparent and I believed him. There are always 2 sides to a story so if you are thinking of using IMove and are concerned by a bad review my advice is ask them about it. Moving on Aaron and then Michaela were both superb. Professional but friendly and once I was committed Michaela kept in regular touch always updating me when she said she would and generally going the extra mile to keep me informed. The crews at both ends were also friendly, polite and treated my furniture with care. So all in all I would certainly recommend IMove and wouldn't hesitate to use them again. Thanks guys! Ros
superb quality service
Very professionnal job. Punctuality, efficiency and good care of removed items. Certainly to be recommended.