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PSS International Removals have specialised in shipping motor cars to South Africa for over 32 years and we are proud of our reputation as the UK's first choice for shipping motor cars to South Africa.

At PSS, we believe it is essential that when you are shipping your Motor Car to South Africa you have peace of mind in knowing that your motor car will be handled by professionals. PSS International Removals are fully bonded members of the British Association of Removers (BAR Overseas), IMMI (International Movers Mutual Insurance), FIDI (Global Alliance) we have also been awarded with FAIM accreditation which is the international removal industries quality standard.

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car shipping to South Africa
  1. Car shipping options
  2. South Africa Import Requirements
  3. Duties & Taxes
  4. Transit cover
  5. Shipping Times & Booking
  6. Arrival


1. Car shipping options to South Africa

There are many options available when you are shipping your motor car to South Africa depending on the type of motorcar you are sending and your personal requirements. For this reason, we offer all of our customer's professional guidance and expert advice, from your first contact through to your motor car arriving in South Africa. Your motor car can be shipped to South Africa in its own sealed container or we can consolidate your motorcar with your household effects inside a sealed container. This combined service entails carefully loading & securing your car, building a purpose built frame, over crating car, and safely loading your household effects inside the container. The recommended types of containers available for shipment of motor cars to are 20ft containers and 40ft containers.

Option A: CONTAINER AT RESIDENCE (CAR & HOUSEHOLD EFFECTS)

If you wish to combine your household removal and your motor car inside your own container to South Africa, we would position a container at your residence on your removal day and carefully load, secure and over crate your car as described above. The remaining space inside the container would be utilised by loading and stowing your professionally packed household effects. Your container will be sealed at your door with a customs type seal, your sole use container would then be returned to the UK port and custom terminal ready for loading on to the vessel for shipment to South Africa.

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Option B: CONTAINER (Car Only) AT RESIDENCE, PSS WAREHOUSE OR SHIPPING LINE CONTAINER BASE

If you would prefer to have a separate container for your motor car or if your car is the only item you are sending, this can easily be arranged based on your requirements. A motorcar container can either be positioned at your, residence, PSS warehouse or shipping line container depot and shipped through to South Africa. (We can provide you with separate quotations for the above options & can include either, handout of your motor car at our South Africa warehouse including Customs clearance or handout at the port terminal including customs clearance)

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Option C: ROLL ON ROLL OFF or LIFT ON LIFT OFF

This service is only available to some ports in South Africa and would entail you delivering your motor car to the docks. Your motor car would be driven on to the vessel, parked and secured ready for shipment to South Africa. (Handout of your motor car at the port terminal and does not include customs clearance)

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We recommend that you discuss your requirements with one of our South African car consultants and obtain a free no obligation quotation.

2. South Africa Import Requirements

An import permit is required for a used motor car and must be applied for before the importation of the motor car. A letter of authority "LOA" from the South African bureau of standards must be submitted to customs at the time of clearance. A fee of R1800 per vehicle is payable to SABS.

The vehicle must conform to South African compulsory vehicle specifications and Road Traffic Regulations. Please note that no left hand drive vehicles new or used purchased after January 2000 will be allowed entry.
Customers must be in South Africa at least 10 days before the arrival of the vessel for customs clearance purposes.

You will be required to produce the following documentation to enable your car to be cleared through customs. This applies to Cars, Motor Bikes, Mopeds, Power boats.

  • Completed Customs form DA 304/A
  • Registration papers
  • Document showing that the vehicle has been in the owner's use and possession outside of South Africa for more than 365 days before the importation of the vehicle (original purchase invoice, insurance certificate, etc...)
  • A "Letter of Authority" (LOA) issued by the South African Bureau of Standards (S.A.B.S) in Pretoria, has to be submitted to Customs with an application fee of R 1,800.
  • Import permit (You must receive the import approval before shipment commences) Please send this to the Director of Import and Export (details Below)

Useful Contacts

The South African bureau of standards
Private bag x192
Pretoria
0001
South Africa
Tel + 27 12 428 6276
Email - snymanpj@sabs.co.za
The Director of Import and Export control
Trade and Industry
Private x192
Pretoria
0001
South Africa
Tel + 27 12 428 7793
Email - rvuuren@itac.org.za


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3. Duties and Taxes

If you are a emigrating to South Africa then you may import one motor vehicle per family free of duty and tax so long as the car has been in your ownership and possession for 12 months prior to shipment and will not be sold for 2 years following the date of importation. Any additional motor vehicles will be subject to full duty and import control regulations. Returning South African national / permanent residence permit holders do not qualify for this concession. Any person who has absented himself from the Republic on a non permanent basis, even for several years is considered to be normally resident in South Africa and will therefore be liable for full duty payment. A permanent resident who has left the country on a permanent basis, if he decides to return, must substantiate his original intention remain abroad on a permanent basis with such evidence as may be called for. For clarification, please contact the Commissioner for customs and Excise.

Where duty is payable duty:

  • Duty is charged at 36% (cars over 20 years old are subject to duty at 20%)
  • Ad Valorem customs duty (based on a sliding scale dependent on the value of the vehicle, with a -minimum of 0.75% and a maximum of 20%)
  • Value added tax (VAT) AT 14%

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4. Transit cover for your car

Every precaution is taken to ensure your motor car arrives in South Africa safely and in the same condition, that it left the UK. Nevertheless, it is advisable to cover your motor car while it is in transit. We have specifically designed a transit cover for your motor car, which covers major risks of loss or damage. The transit cover is backed by AXA Corporate Solutions Assurance, and is based on the conditions recommended by the British Association of Removers LTD. The protection commences as soon as we take receipt of your motor car at your residence, PSS warehouse or container base. When we take receipt of your motor car, we will complete for your protection a car condition report detailing the pre shipment condition of your motor car.

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5. Transit Times & booking your shipment to South Africa

We offer regular shipping schedules for motor cars to South Africa and the approximate transit times to South Africa are 3-5 weeks, once you have placed a booking for your motor car to be shipped to South Africa we will acknowledge your booking and confirm your vessel, sailing date and arrival date in South Africa. We also offer you the facility of tracking your shipment online via our website. We will prepare and send your shipping documents so they are ready to be presented to South African.

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6. When Your Motor Car Arrives in South Africa

When your motor car arrives into South Africa you will be contacted by our South African office regarding your clearance to ensure that we have all of the paperwork required to present to customs in South Africa. Once your motor car has been cleared by South African customs, we will contact you to discuss your requirements & make reservations to hand over your car.

This information is meant as a guide only and is correct at the time of writing however, PSS cannot accept liability for any inaccuracies in this information and we always advise our clients to check with the appropriate government departments listed on our website.