Information you need to ship your vehicle from the United States to South Africa
Shipping A Car To South Africa
Typical Shipping Prices – How Much Does It Cost?
- Car shipping costs to South Africa from the U.S. start at $3,300 for normal sized cars and go up to $7,000 for SUVs and larger vehicles.
- The size and weight of the vehicle being shipped are two of the main cost factors that affect the price.
Cost & Time Examples For Shipping a Car to South Africa
|Los Angeles to (California port) to Cape Town||$350||$3,600||5+41|
|Boston, MA to (New York port) to Cape Town||$400||$3,400||5+66|
|Las Vegas, NV to (California port) to Cape Town||$450||$3,600||5+41|
|Portland, OR to (California port) to Johannesburg||$475||$4,800||6+41|
|Phoenix, AZ to (California port) to Johannesburg||$550||$4,800||6+41|
|Charlotte, NC to (New York port) to Cape Town||$575||$3,400||6+66|
|Chicago, IL to (New York port) to Durban||$675||$3,400||6+61|
|Atlanta, GA to (New York port) to Durban||$700||$3,400||6+61|
|Denver, CO to (California port) to Johannesburg||$775||$4,800||7+41|
|Houston, TX to (New York port) to Cape Town||$1,075||$3,400||7+66|
*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.
There are some fundamental decisions that have to be made before any kind of shipping arrangements are initiated, the first of which is – how will your vehicle get to the port of departure in the U.S.?
This will, of course, depend on where you live in the country, and which ports your shipper operates out of. If it is not convenient or possible for you to drive your vehicle to that port, most shippers will send a truck to your home and pick it up, although this will add to the cost of shipping your vehicle.
Next, you need to decide how your vehicle will be shipped while it is at sea. There are two main shipping methods, Roll-on/Roll-off (RORO), and container shipping. RORO is the less expensive method and requires that your car is functional so that it can be driven on and off the ramps that facilitate boarding and disembarking from the ship.
Container shipping costs a little more because it is a protected method of shipping your vehicle. Using this method, your car will be enclosed in either a 20-ft or 40-ft container, and hoisted on and off the ship using a crane. To lower the cost a bit, you can elect to ship by shared container, which means that you would be sharing space with another vehicle, both being securely lashed down inside the container.
By making these decisions, you may already have narrowed down the list of potential shippers you might contract with to have your vehicle transported. There are a good number of vehicle shippers in business, and while most of them can do the job well enough, you’ll want to be careful about the company you choose to handle your shipment.
Make sure your shipper is well-versed in the rules and regulations accompanying shipments to South Africa. Knowing these and complying with them might save considerable delays in port while waiting for paperwork or approvals that should have been handled beforehand.
Popular shipping destinations
There are a few things to keep in mind about shipping your vehicle to South Africa. One of the most important is that the country does not allow used cars to be imported into the country, with the lone exception being classic cars that are 25 years old or more. The country has its own auto manufacturing industry, and this restriction helps protect that industry to some extent.
Before your vehicle can be shipped out of the U.S, you must contact the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency to obtain the necessary paperwork for exporting your vehicle out of the country. In order to obtain this clearance, you’ll have to provide a bill of sale establishing your ownership, a clear title with no liens against the car, and the vehicle’s current registration. In the event that your vehicle does still have a lien against it, you may still be able to ship if you can get a written document from the lienholder approving the export.
There will be a port duty imposed on your vehicle when it arrives in South Africa, probably at the biggest and busiest port in the country, the Port of Durban. If you can’t find out through your shipper exactly what this duty will be, you can contact the South African Embassy in the United States, and they will be able to answer this and any other questions you might have about shipping your vehicle to South Africa.
Required Documents For Shipping A Vehicle To South Africa
- Import permit
- Proof of ownership for more than 1 year
- Ocean bill of lading (OBL)
- Letter of authority from SABS (South African Bureau of Standards)
- Proof of SABS payment
Shipping Of Heavy Equipment & Oversized Cargo To South Africa
To get any kind of heavy equipment or oversized cargo to South Africa, you are going to need professional shipping services to guarantee a safe arrival. A1 Auto Transport is one of the leading international shipping companies in the U.S. and we know we can get your cargo delivered safely. Our easy access to the highest quality shipping equipment, the most modern transport technology, and highly trained shipping specialists makes it possible for us to quickly start the transport so that your cargo arrives in reasonable timeframe.
There are practically no limitations placed on the types of oversized and heavy cargo we can transport internationally. To give you more of an example, we’ve written out a list of heavy equipment and oversized cargo we can deliver overseas...
- Yachts and Pontoon Boats
- Motor Graders
- Hydraulic Equipment
- Construction Equipment
- Asphalt Pavers
- Log Loaders
- RVs and Motorhomes
- Large Vehicles and Dump Trucks
- Haulers and More…
International Transport Methods Offered through A1
Our shipping technicians will help you with your select the appropriate shipping services when you call in to learn more and schedule your international delivery to South Africa. If you’re curious as to what our international shipping options are, here is a brief explanation for each of our services…
- Flat Rack- Your cargo is strapped down to a large metal frame which is carefully lifted onto the ship. This is an open air service that helps prevent your cargo from shifting too much during its transport.
- Container Shipping- This is an enclosed transport service that provides your cargo with the ultimate protection from outside elements. Your cargo must fit into a 40ft shipping container in order to use this transport method.
- RoRo Shipping- This open air transport service is only available to those with functioning vehicles and equipment. Your vehicle or equipment must drive onto and off of the ship using a ramp.
- LoLo Shipping- This open air method is suggested to customers with inoperable equipment or vehicles as well as those with crated cargo. A crane will lift the cargo onto and off of the water vessel.
Related Information & FAQs
- The advantages of shipping a car from the USA to South Africa
- Learn about shipping your car to South Africa from the USA
- The costs of shipping a car to South Africa explained
- The process of transport for those about to ship a car to South Africa from the US
- Cost to ship a car to Africa
Written By:Joe Webster
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.
With over 30 years experience in the industry, we've been helping people ship their vehicles, motorcycles, RV's, heavy equipment, household goods and more across the country or overseas without a hitch. Ask us anything.