Shipping to South Africa from the UK

South Africa is one of the most highly developed countries on the African continent, it is seen as a multi-ethnic society which encompass a wide variety of cultureslanguages, and religions. South Africa is a wonderful destination and has a very diverse landscape so whether you want to see big game in the Kruger national park of visit excellent vineyards in the western cape region then South Africa is the place for you.

Whether you are a first time migrant, moving for business purposes or a returning South African going home, at Relo UK the moving company we have you covered.

The export packing and loading of your possessions is probably the most important part of the whole international removal process, it is important that the removal company you choose will protect your fragile household items using the correct export grade of industry approved packing materials.

At Relo UK our staff highly skilled and fully trained in the international export packing of your furniture removal, we have a range of shipping options to suit your budget. If you select our sole use container service we will deliver the container to your door, pack and load your container at your residence in your presence, seal the container and it will be shipped directly from your door to South Africa, access and road conditions permitting. If you have selected our ‘share a container’ service, (Groupage), we will pack and measure your consignment at your residence and return this to our warehouse for loading in the next shared / groupage container to your South African destination. With a Relo UK shared container shipping service you will only pay for the container space utilised.

Our South Africa extensive removal services

Door to door Removal service

  • Removal from anyplace in the UK to anywhere in South Africa
  • Free in home no obligations survey or Video survey
  • Full Container load (FCL) or (shared) groupage shipping container services
  • Dedicated move manager
  • Comprehensive advice on moving to South Africa
  • Assistance & advice on Customs regulations
  • All our shipping lines used are recognised and accredited
  • Notification of shipping advice by email
  • Tailor made insurance polices
  • Storage in the UK and South Africa if required
  • Frequent sailing schedule and delivery via all South African major ports
  • Customs bonded facilities in South Africa
  • Our most cost-effective pricing policy that will not compromise our service

Our professional packing services:

  • Full international export standard packing & export wrapping service
  • We can provide you pack, we ship option
  • Our team of dedicated fully trained export packers
  • Supply of purpose designed cartons and export wrapping materials
  • Customised wooded casing / crates to IPSM 15 standards if required
  • Professional antique wrapping and handling services
  • Advice on preparing your move

Why Choose Relo UK

As a proud member of the international mover’s association (IAM) we have the reputation and expertise when it comes to shipping to South Africa.

We would welcome the opportunity to provide you with the best shipping service on the market today, our team of professional are well trained to look after your exacting requirements.

Our number one priority is to make sure you and your household effects receive the very best in care.


Getting the right advice is essential

Remember; it is your precious possessions that you are moving so do insist on choosing the shipping company to South Africa you feel you can trust.

Will my furniture be safe & secure?

We have customs approved bonded warehouse with CCTV camera so once your furniture has been collected, the consignment will be safe and secure whilst we build our next shared / groupage service. All your possessions will be professionally handled by our own staff. As members of various International Associations, our staff are trained to exacting standards.

What are the costs of shipping to South Africa from the UK?

Our quotations are based on volume, and we can tailor made to suit your needs and requirements. We will provide you with a written quotation outlining the services offered and our contract conditions and exclusions. Prices will vary depending on the volume and the nature and size of the consignment you are looking to ship.

Do you provide export wrapping service?

We can provide you with a qualified export wrapping service by trained professionals, our staff will carefully export wrap the furniture with a bubble blanket which is designed specifically for the protection of all types of furniture during transit and storage. Softline bubble blanket offers not only the versatility of bubble on a roll abut provides greater flexibility and reduces waste compared with other traditional forms of furniture protection. With the tissue being slightly absorbent it can be not only used for furniture but has many other uses and be specifically used for packing and wrapping ceramics and leather and all types of wood furniture.

How long will it take to arrive?

Generally, with an international shipping furniture to South Africa from the UK approximately 4/5 weeks for an exclusive container service and 8 / 10 weeks based on a groupage / shared service depending on Final destination. By liaising with your Move Manager, it may be possible to reduce or increase these delivery times so that they fit in with your travel arrangements.

How long is the removal quote valid for?

Our quotation is valid for 28 days; this is due to the nature and vagrancies of international shipping which can be affected by currency fluctuations and increase in ocean and air freight costs.

Is any VAT applicable on removal services?

For international removals VAT is not applicable for overseas move, VAT is only applicable for UK domestic removal services I.e., storage, or ancillary services like handyman or external liftings or hire of specialised equipment.

What if I require storage prior to shipping of my furniture?

At Relo UK we have a fully customs bonded warehouse, which is alarmed and fitted with CCTV cameras for added security, whether it is for a short period whilst in transit, or for a longer term, we are able to offer you with a competitive storage cost, prior to your shipping service to South Africa.

Do you offer groupage (shared) container services for smaller consignments?

Groupage (Shared) service is the economically recognised method of shipping for smaller volume moves as you are saving money by sharing costs. Shared services do require a degree of flexibility and patience as dispatch is normally once container is full, your household effects are loaded into a shared container with other ReloUK consignments bound for the same geographical destination as soon as sufficient volumes are available; this way you only pay for the container space utilised. As one of the largest groupage container operators in the UK we do offer frequent sailing dates on all major routes to South African cities.

Can you provide Insurance Cover?

Whilst great care is taken during the removal of your furniture, we will do everything possible to ensure your possessions arrive safely, Insurance is a way of managing risks. When you buy insurance, you transfer the cost of a potential loss to the insurance company.
A transit proposal form will be provided with all our quotation extended. We advise you to read the information carefully; if there any questions or queries, please do not hesitate to ask.

Do I need a delivery address before it arrives?

Due to South African customs requirements, you will need to be in South Africa 10 days prior to your consignment arriving. At this stage we do not need a delivery address, all we require is a contact address and contact details. Once your shipping consignment has arrived in South Africa and has been through the customs clearance process, it is at this point, we will require a delivery address, however if you are not in a position to provide, we can arrange storage on your behalf.

When has my shipping arrived in South Africa, what happens next?

We will contact you before your consignment arrives at the port in South Africa, due to customs regulations you will be required to be in South Africa 10 days prior to shipment arriving. Once it has arrived, we will arrange for your shipping consignment to be customs cleared. you will be required to complete an unaccompanied effects statement which is an D304 customs form, this can be completed in the UK before your departure or in South Africa. Once customs formalities have been completed, we will require delivery address.

Will there be additional charges to pay?

Quotation extended will be based on a door-to-door service and will included terminals and custom clearance formalities, what is not included in our quotations are customs inspection fees, any customs duty or taxes on new goods are goods that do not meet the unaccompanied effects ruling.

Payments and Deposits?

On booking of your shipping to South Africa from the UK we will take a 15% deposit to secure your nominated collection date, once your shipment has been collected, we will provide you with a final balance invoice which will be In accordance with our trading terms we will respectfully request that we receive payment of the invoice within 72 hours of it being issued.
Once payment has been received your consignment will be scheduled to depart as per your quoted terms. Of course if we can assist you further at any time please do not hesitate to contact our office on 01323 763689 or


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