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🇿🇦 South Africa, (ZA)

What's in this article?
  1. Car Shipping Cape Town
  2. Cost & Time Examples For Shipping A Car To Cape Town
  3. Regulations On Shipping A Vehicle To Cape Town
  4. Documents That Are Required
  5. Prior To Shipping
  6. Types And Cost Of Shipping
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Car Shipping Cape Town

When you need to have your vehicle shipped to Cape Town from the United States, there are many things that you need to acknowledge prior to making shipping arrangements. Cape Town has specific motor vehicle import regulations that must be adhered to strictly. You will also want to learn the weather conditions of Cape Town to ensure that you know when the hotter months may be. During extremely hot months you will want to ensure that all vehicle fluids are maintained for peak vehicle performance. Cape Town is overall a scenically beautiful and safe place to be able to drive your own vehicle.

You will need to know where the major shipping port is located that your vehicle will ship from the United States from. The auto transport agent will be able to help you locate the closest ports. If the port is too far for you to drive or you will already be out of the country when it is time to ship then you will need to make arrangements to have your vehicle delivered to the exit port by the auto transport company.

Cost & Time Examples For Shipping a Car to Cape Town

To/FromGroundOceanEstimated
Time
New York, NY to (New York port)
to Cape Town
$275$32005+32 days
Los Angeles to (California port)
to Cape Town
$350$40005+41 days
Cape Town to (California port)
to Las Vegas, NV
$450$40005+41 days
Cape Town to (California port)
to Portland, OR
$475$40006+41 days
Seattle, WA to (California port)
to Cape Town
$550$40006+41 days
Cape Town to (New York port)
to Columbus, OH
$550$32005+32 days
Cape Town to (New York port)
to Charlotte, NC
$575$32006+32 days
Atlanta, GA to (New York port)
to Cape Town
$700$32006+32 days
Cape Town to (California port)
to Denver, CO
$775$40007+41 days
Cape Town to (New York port)
to Houston, TX
$1,075$32007+32 days

*Prices and times are estimated. They can vary depending on the season and the type of vehicle.

*Save the ground transport cost by delivering the vehicle to the nearest port.

*Allow an additional 10 days to process the documents.

*Prices are for 1 car in a dedicated 20ft container. This is the safest and most reliable way to transport a vehicle internationally. Other items may be included in the container to help save you money when moving.

*Using the RoRo (roll on, roll off) method is less expensive and shipments can be completed in fewer days. Contact us now for a free RoRo quote.

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Regulations on Shipping a Vehicle to Cape Town

Cape Town has several regulations that you will have to go by when shipping your vehicle into the State in South Africa. You can only import right-hand drive vehicles into Cape Town. Each family is allowed to import only one vehicle and the driver must have owned the vehicle for at least one year before importation. You must obtain a Special Import Permit from the South African Embassy while still in the United States before shipping. You cannot sell the vehicle for at least two years once it is in Cape Town if you are an immigrant. If you are a returning resident of Cape Town you will need to pay full taxes and import duties when importing the vehicle. You must have owned the vehicle for a minimum of 12 months as well as have been out of the country for at least 12 months prior to importation. Temporary residents must pay full import duties and taxes to the South African Customs agent and must have a valid temporary import permit. Foreign Diplomats will need to provide a Diplomatic Certificate when importing and will not need to pay duties or taxes.

You can gather more information on necessary paperwork and fees that must be paid to import your vehicle by contacting the South African Embassy in Washington, DC.

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Documents that are required

You will be required to have certain documents to provide to customs when your vehicle reaches Cape Town. The documents are:

  • Temporary License
  • Original Bill of Sale
  • Passport
  • Import Permit
  • Original Vehicle Registration
  • Forms D.A. 304A and P1.160 (three copies of each)
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Prior to Shipping

Before the date of vehicle shipping, you need to make sure that you have a finalized quote for the cost of shipping the vehicle as well as pick-up and delivery if needed. There are two major ports in Cape Town, the Transnet National Ports Authority and the Transnet Port Terminal for container shipping which are both capable of receiving vehicles that are being imported to Cape Town. You will also want to speak to the agent prior to pick-up and delivery and shipping to see if you will need to have your vehicle steam cleaned or cleared of any personal items or paperwork before being loaded onto the cargo ship. Your agent will give you all details needed for shipping your car internationally to Cape Town.

Types and Cost of Shipping

The price of shipping will depend on the type that you choose. There are only two ways to ship a vehicle into Cape Town and that is either Ro-Ro (Roll-On Roll-Off) or Container Shipping. Cost will also vary according to the weight of the vehicle and the distance from the port of exit in the United States to the port of entry to South Africa.

The two types of shipping a vehicle to Cape Town are:

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  • Roll On Roll Off Shipping (Also known as Ro-Ro Shipping): Ro-Ro Shipping is the most efficient way to ship a vehicle to Cape Town. With Ro-Ro Shipping, vehicles are driven right onto the cargo ship in the United States and driven off when they reach Cape Town. Ro-Ro shipping not only the quickest way to ship overseas, but it is also the least expensive way to ship.
  • Container Vehicle Shipping: When you use Container Shipping your vehicle will be shipped inside of a container on a cargo ship from the United States to Cape Town. Container Shipping can cost a little more than Ro-Ro Shipping but it is a great value for people who may have personal items that need to be shipped along with their vehicles.

For extended information on export laws in the United States for vehicles as well as personal or household goods, you can speak to a staff member at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency.

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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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