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Moving to South Africa

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Moving to South Africa

What you need to know when relocating to South Africa

Moving to South Africa from NZAre you and your household preparing to move to South Africa? The team at Transworld offers a door-to-door service that takes care of your every shipping need, so you can focus on getting ready to live in South Africa.

Our team are experts when it comes to shipping households to their new home. We’ve put together useful tips and advice around:

  1. Shipping options
  2. South African customs
  3. What you can and can’t take


Shipping your personal belongings: your options

When relocating to South Africa, you have a few shipping options to choose from. Ask yourself the following questions to make sure you’re getting the best service for you and your family.

  1. How much do you want to ship?
  2. What’s your budget?
  3. How fast do you want your goods to arrive?

FCL: For moving an entire household

Our FCL (Full Container Load) option is best for those moving to South Africa with a whole household’s worth of belongings. You get a whole container for you and your family’s items, which means you don’t have to wait for anybody else’s freight.

This makes our FCL option a fast and efficient way of shipping your possessions. Once it has been loaded and checked, it will get on its way to wherever you will be living in South Africa.

Transworld ships to everywhere in South Africa, so you’ll get door to door service, wherever you’re headed.

Key benefits:

  1. Bigger capacity: you can fit your whole household into one of our containers.
  2. Speedy shipping: with only your items to get loaded and checked, FCL is the fastest way to transport goods. Once they’re loaded, they can get on their way to South Africa.
  3. Shipping to any location: we ship to anywhere to South Africa.

Groupage: for when you can share the load

Groupage Shipping to South AfricaOur groupage option is suitable for those relocating to South Africa with less possessions. It’s our most affordable option, as it allows you to share a container load with other people also moving to South Africa.

This service takes longer than our other options because shipping is delayed until the container is full.

Key benefits:

  1. Cost effective: Our Groupage option is the most economical choice when moving to South Africa, as you’re sharing the load with others.
  2. Space efficiency: Only pay for the amount of space you use.
  3. We ship to everywhere in South Africa: Door-to-door service, wherever you’re going to live in South Africa.

Air Freight: when you need urgent shipping

For those who need to ship a few belongings urgently as part of their move to South Africa, our Air Freight option is the best. As our most expensive shipping method, it’s great for those last-minute personal items you just can’t do without.

Key benefits:

  1. Speed: This is the fasted way to get your belongings to South Africa.
  2. Good for emergency items: the best way to get those last few things you can’t do without.
  3. We ship to all locations: We’ll get your things delivered to your door, wherever you are planning to live in South Africa.


How long will shipping take?

  1. FCL: Once your container is packed and shipped, your belongings will take approximately 8-9 weeks to arrive in South Africa.
  2. Groupage: Our groupage option will see your items take around 12-16 weeks to arrive in South Africa.
  3. Air Freight: This option will get your items to you in South Africa in approximately 2-3 weeks.

Want to know how much shipping to South Africa costs? Get a free quote!


Customs and quarantine

South African CustomsOur Transworld team are experts when it comes to South African customs. As a part of our door-to-door service, we’ll guide you through every step of the process as you move to South Africa.

Our team understand what’s involved in shipping your household to South Africa and can prepare you accordingly. To make it even easier, quarantine is not required when relocating your belongings to South Africa.

We take care of:

  1. Giving you the necessary South African customs forms.
  2. Compiling an inventory of all packed items for use in customs.

What you need to do:

  1. Make sure your Passport, Residency Document and Visa are all up to date.
  2. Be aware that custom clearance takes an average of 7 to 10 working days from the date of presentation of documents, and can only occur once you are in the country.


What you can and can’t ship to South Africa

What you can’t: prohibited and restricted items

When relocating to South Africa, there are certain rules and regulations regarding what you can bring into the country. All used household items can be imported free of tax. New personal items will be charged.

Alcohol is subject to tax which means you must draw up a complete list of the liquor you’re importing, noting the alcohol percentage, label names and values.

Some prohibited items include:

  1. Counterfeit goods
  2. Pornographic material
  3. Honey, meat and meat products
  4. Narcotic drugs
  5. Certain medicines
  6. Certain feathers, furs, skins and tusks of protected species

Firearms and weapons

Those wishing to import their firearms or weapons must have an import permit, and all firearms are subject to inspection by customs.

What you can: vehicles

You can bring your car or motorbike into South Africa, but the process is relatively complicated.  Contact Transworld and our sales staff will assist and advise you on what is required for your particular situation.

What you can: domestic pets

Shipping Pets to South AfricaWanting to bring the family pet with you when you move to South Africa? The Transworld team can help you organise your pet transport, providing you with all the necessary paperwork.

With New Zealand being such a low-risk for disease, bringing your pet into South Africa is relatively straightforward, but there are some requirements. With the correct paperwork, cats and dogs (and most other pets) will not be subject to quarantine.

To be eligible for importing:

  1. All dogs and cats entering South Africa must be microchipped with a 15 digit ISO pet microchip.
  2. South Africa requires an application for import for entry (apply well ahead of time).
  3. Within 30 days of entering South Africa, dogs must be tested by OIE-approved methods for the following diseases: Brucella canis, Trypanosoma evansi, Babesia gibsoni, Dirofilaria immitis and Leishmania.
  4. Within 10 days of entry, a licensed veterinarian must complete the Veterinary Certificate for South Africa.

Other pets such as birds and rodents may have to meet other requirements and should have a health certificate to enter South Africa.


The Transworld team is here to make your move to South Africa smooth and seamless

We take care of all the details involved in relocating to South Africa with our door to door service.  We’re with you every step of the way, from packing your items to managing shipping and customs, to safely delivering them to your door in South Africa.

You’ll also have a dedicated team member on-hand throughout the process to answer your queries, keeping you informed and making sure your items arrive safe and secure at their destination.

Want to make relocating to South Africa a breeze? Give us a call today for a free quote!


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