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SHIPPING TO ZIMBABWE

IMOVE INTERNATIONAL REMOVALS & SHIPPING TO Zimbabwe - Harare - Bulawayo. Get a free shipping to Zimbabwe quote now.

So you are thinking of returning to Zimbabwe and are looking for a quotation to ship your household items and personal effects.

Shipping costs to Zimbabwe are expensive, Zimbabwe is a landlocked country and all shipments need to transit overland from the port of entry to inland freight terminals in Harare or Bulawayo where customs clearance will take place, and arrangements made to deliver your goods to your new residence in Zimbabwe.

Shipping routes vary and it is possible to arrange overland transit from the port at Durban in South Africa or Beira in Mozambique, transport will either be via truck or a train service. Currently the preferred route for container shipments to Zimbabwe is via Durban, as the port of Beira in Mozambique is highly congested and delays at the port can be anything between a few weeks to a few months.

If you are planning to send all your household goods and personal effects to Zimbabwe you will likely need a sole use shipping container (FCL) either a 20’ container or a 40’ container for shipping all your household goods home to Zimbabwe.

Budget costs will depend upon the service you require, service costs can be broken down into three distinct cost categories.

1. Ocean freight costs, which include transport of the container from the port to your residence or loading point in the UK, and return transport to the port, UK port handling charges, customs entries, ocean freight to the port of arrival (either Beira or Durban) and finally overland transport charges from Durban or Beira to Harare or Bulawayo terminals.

2. Packing and loading costs, are the international mover’s costs for export packing, wrapping and safely loading your household effects into the shipping container. The packers will also prepare a fully numbered and itemised packing list called an inventory of the goods loaded onto the container. This is essential for customs clearance purposes in Zimbabwe.

3. Customs clearance and delivery costs, on arrival of the container at Harare or Bulawayo terminals provision must be made to have the shipment customs cleared and delivered to your new residence in Zimbabwe. Our agent representative in Zimbabwe will make all the arrangements on your behalf, for customs clearance, delivery, unpacking and unwrapping and finally removal of the waste packing materials. 

BUDGET COSTS FOR CONTAINER SHIPPING TO ZIMBABWE:
For a full service door to door as described above you should budget for between £8,500.00 to £9,500.00 for a 40’ container and £5,800.00 to £6,500.00 for a 20’ container. Costs are estimated and will depend upon your collection address in the UK and US$ exchange rate prevailing at the time (ocean freight charges are billed in US$ and most delivery agents in Zimbabwe bill in US$).
 
In order to save costs it is possible to undertake all the packing, wrapping and loading of the container yourselves. It is also possible to have a minimum service on delivery in Zimbabwe, and undertake the unloading, and unpacking yourselves.
 
It is also possible to arrange smaller shipments to Zimbabwe via an LCL service, (less than container load).
 
For a free no obligation quotation for your International Removal to Zimbabwe, either for a full service or a self pack and load container service contact one of our Move Coordinators on FREEPHONE 0800-998-7024.

We can also put you in touch with our preferred delivery agent in Zimbabwe who will be able to answer any queries regarding customs clearance and delivery procedures once your shipment arrives in Zimbabwe. An outline of the customs rules is detailed below:

CUSTOMER MUST BE PRESENT AT CUSTOMS CLEARANCE

Immigrants and returning residents (after absence of two years of more) may be allowed to import used household goods and personal effects duty-free.  All goods must have been in customer’s possession prior to arrival goods imported must not be sold or disposed of within 12 months of date of entry

Shipping to Zimbabwe Documents Required:

Inventory (listing serial numbers of electrical appliances)
Immigrants or returning residents after an absence of two years or more also require: Declaration of Undertaking (Form C38)
Passport
Residence or Work Permit
Returning residents after an absence of less than two year also require: Immigrant’s Declaration Form
Proof of original export

Prohibited Goods:

Weapons and ammunition (application to import must be made to the Secretary of Home Affairs)
Drugs
Pornographic material
Citrus fruits, plants and seeds subject to an Import License

Restricted Items

Alcoholic beverages and tobacco products

Persons visiting Zimbabwe and Zimbabwean residents returning to their country, of at least 18 years, may import a maximum of 5 litres of alcoholic drink, of which no more than 2 litres can be spirits.
New items
Precious metal
Antiques and works of art
Office equipment including computers, typewriters, fax machines, etc.
Forged documents and counterfeit money

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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.