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South Africa International Moving Services

International moving is the situation in which a company or an individual changes their location and also ships their belongings or commercial equipment overseas. Such moves prove to be daunting when done individually. Also, one may be limited and my not have the capacity to handle the shipping of various goods or they may not be fully familiar with what it takes to ship to the destination country. It is therefore; good to hire international moving services so as to have a hassle-free experience.

Moving to South Africa Cost & Time Examples

To/From    2BR    4BREstimated Time
Houston to Cape Town$3,600- $6,000$6,800- $11,2004-7 weeks
Seattle to Cape Town$4,000- $6,500$7,400- $12,3005-8 weeks
Los Angeles to Durban$4,000- $6,700$7,600- $12,4005-8 weeks
Boston to Johannesburg$4,100- $6,800$7,600- $12,4004-7 weeks
Portland to Durban$4,200- $7,100$7,900- $13,1005-8 weeks
Memphis to Durban$4,400- $7,300$8,200- $13,5004-7 weeks
Detroit to Johannesburg$4,500- $7,400$8,300- $13,7004-7 weeks
Chicago to Cape Town$4,500- $7,600$8,500- $13,8004-7 weeks
Phoenix to Cape Town$4,700- $7,800$8,700- $14,4005-8 weeks
Denver to Cape Town$6,000- $9,900$11,000- $18,2005-9 weeks

*Please note that these estimates do not include taxes, customs fees & duties, insurance & quarantine inspections. They assume easy access to both pick up and drop-off addresses and do not allow for special items such as pianos.

Estimated Weight (based on home size): 
1BR=2600 lbs - 3900 lbs 
2BR=3900 lbs - 5200 lbs 
3BR=6500 lbs - 9100 lbs 
4BR=9100 lbs - 14300 lbs 
5BR=11700 lbs - 19500 lbs

By doing this, you ship your car to South Africa along with any other items safely and reliably.

The import duties for household belongings

It appears that duty can be waived on your household items, if you purchased them over one year ago (1). Customs also requires that you’ve been personally using them during that time. However, another credible source doesn’t mention duty exemption at all - so it would be sensible to confirm this information with customs (2).

Regardless of the duty status of your shipment, you’re obliged to enter the country a full 10 days prior to your shipment (3). In addition, all paperwork must be received by the destination agent 7 to 30 days ahead of time (the time varies according to different sources) (4). Even if duty is waived on your shipment, charges such as terminal fees, inspection fees and ad valorem accomodation at the port for your container will be incurred (5).

The import paperwork for household belongings

You will need to provide a comprehensive inventory, your passport and the Original Bill of Lading or Air Waybill. Customs forms P.1.160 and DA 304 are also required. A valid Work Permit, Temporary Residency Permit or Permanent Residence documentation are mandatory as well (6).

A letter from your employer is necessary, and you may also need to show an Import Permit issued by the Director of Imports and Exports. Settlers Declaration Forms will be requested by customs too. The weight and dimensions of your shipment should also be consistent, when listed on the various documents submitted to customs (7).

The import duties for vehicles

Once again, sources provide conflicting information concerning duty exemption. The International Association of Movers doesn’t specify whether exemption is possible, except for temporary residents of South Africa. If you’ll be relocating to the country on a temporary basis, then a customs bond for the full amount of the standard taxes and duties is required. However, though there is no guarantee - it’s possible that you can have this refunded, when you export the vehicle back out of South Africa (8).

Another trustworthy source diverges, saying that for permanent vehicle imports - you need only meet a few criteria to have duty waived. First, any vehicle acquired January 1st, 2000 or later is required to be right-hand drive. Second, you won’t be permitted to sell or get rid of the vehicle for your first 24 months in the country. Third, customs will still charge VAT on the vehicle. Fourth, the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) will assess a R1800 payment on the vehicle (9).

The import paperwork for vehicles

A valid Import Permit is required for permanent residents, and you’ll also need your passport and Original Bill of Lading. Documents showing you’ve owned the vehicle for over 12 months are also required. A Letter of Authority written by SABS and receipt of payment to them are mandated as well (10). Customs form DA 304/A and the vehicle’s registration will be requested too (11). Also, be prepared to submit a Valuation Certificate for the vehicle (12).

Just the surface has been scratched here, when it comes to the regulations governing vehicle imports. If you wish to ship a vehicle to South Africa, you will need the professional services of a reputable international moving company like A1 Auto Transport. We will ensure that you’re fully prepared, for all of the logistical hurdles involved during clearance.

In addition, it would be wise for you to discuss shipments of both household goods and vehicles with customs - as they’re the final word on the latest developments regarding clearance requirements.

Tips on how to make your international move easier

Making an international move involves a lot of processes but these few things can make your move easier:

  • Research on the shipping rules and regulations. Valuable information can be found from the South African Embassy, the US Department of Transportation (USDOT) and the Federal Maritime Commission.
  • Sort your belongings so that you will only carry the essentials. Package them using the suitable packaging options so as to make it easy to store and handle them.
  • Prepare your travel documents early enough so that you do not encounter any delays.
  • Hire the services of a reputable mover who is experienced in shipping to South Africa.

Why you need a professional moving company when relocating overseas

Hiring South Africa International Moving Services will be of great benefit to you. This is because you will not have to worry about multiple things at the same time. The moving company will be more than able to handle your request and they will do so with ease, given their expertise. In case you will be shipping a car, they will be able to handle it and store it well, so that you will receive it in good condition. They will also do their best to make the move hassle-free for you and offer additional services such as packing and unpacking, guidance on how to handle your paperwork and housing assistance.

A-1 Auto Transport can help you move your household goods internationally. Call 888-509-3213 to get a free, no obligation to buy price quote on interstate moving services.

How to find the best international moving company

There are many movers offering South Africa International Moving Services but to find the best company, look into the following factors:

  • Reliability of the moving company to deliver goods as and when required to do so.
  • Expertise of the mover in providing shipping services to the region you are moving to.
  • Affordability and transparency: A good mover will not quote a low rate just to entice you nor will they offer you with a quote that has obligations attached to it.
  • A good mover will offer you with great support and additional services that will make your move hassle-free.

Our South Africa international moving services

  • Packing/unpacking: We do our best to help you and ensure that you will not be drained by the move.
  • Commercial moving: We help your company to relocate with ease.
  • Office moves: We assist you to make the move to South Africa in good time so as to start off your operations.
  • Apartment moves: Moving to your apartment in South Africa will be an enjoyable experience when you choose us.
  • Planning and preparation: We guide you on what it will entail to have a successful move.
  • Visa and immigration services: We assist you in applying for the visa and any other requirements so that you may move to South Africa.
  • Housing assistance: You need not get stranded yet we have housing assistance services available.
  • Family services: We do our best to make the move enjoyable for you and your family.
  • Auto transport services: We offer you with reliable, safe and affordable car transportation services. There will be no excuse for you not to experience the advantages of shipping your car to South Africa.

Why A-1 Auto Transport?

A-1 Auto Transport is a better mover than the rest because we are an experienced, reliable and reputable company. You will have peace of mind knowing that your belongings are in safe hands when you hand them over to us. We also offer you with affordable services and can give you a free quote that does not have any obligations attached to it.

Get In Touch!

We are just a phone call away on the number 888-509-3213. You can also get in touch using the details provided here and we can give you more information on our South Africa International Moving Services. We would also appreciate it if you could fill-in the form at the top of the page.


  1. IAMovers Country Guide: South Africa
  2. Found on Atlas Int’l “Importing Personal Property Into South Africa” page.
  3. Paperwork must be received 7 days in advance, according to: -Atlas Int’l “Importing Personal Property Into South Africa” page Paperwork must be received 20 to 30 days in advance, according to: -Moverscom “Moving to South Africa” page
  4. Found on Atlas Int’l “Importing Personal Property Into South Africa” page.
  5. IAMovers Country Guide: South Africa
  6. Found on Atlas Int’l “Importing Personal Property Into South Africa” page.
  7. IAMovers Country Guide: South Africa
  8. Found on Atlas Int’l “Importing Personal Property Into South Africa” page.
  9. A-1 Auto Transport Ship Car To South Africa
  10. Found on Moverscom “Moving to South Africa” page.
  11. IAMovers Country Guide: South Africa
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Joe Webster began his journey in the auto transport field by attending the University of Southern California (USC), where he graduated with a Bachelor of Business Marketing. 

After college, he started his career in the auto transport industry from the bottom up and has done virtually every job there is to do at A-1 Auto Transport, including but not limited to: Truck Driver, Dispatch, Sales, PR, Bookkeeping, Transport Planner, Transport Manager, International Transport Manager, Brokering, Customer Service, and Marketing. Working with his mentor Tony Taylor, Joe Webster has learned the ins and outs of this industry which is largely misunderstood. 

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