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PSS International Removals have specialised in moving families overseas for more than 32 years, having successfully handled thousands of removals to South Africa every year we are consistently one of the UK's largest movers to South Africa. We service all the major ports and from these we can deliver to almost anywhere in South Africa, especially Cape town, Durban, Johannesburg & Port Elizabeth.

We also offer:

★ Baggage Shipping to South Africa

★ Car Shipping to South Africa

★ Container Shipping to South Africa

★ Excess Baggage to South Africa

★ Home Removals to South Africa

★ Shipping Furniture to South Africa

★ Shipping Boxes to South Africa

★ Shipping Goods to South Africa

★ Shipping to South Africa


We offer and highly recommend a FREE NO OBLIGATION survey of your removal requirements between 3 and 6 months prior to your intended move to South Africa. One of our experienced estimators will visit your home to assess the volume and packing requirements of the household goods you are intending to take to South Africa. At this stage you can request a second estimate which excludes certain items; thereby enabling you to ascertain the cost effectiveness of sending those items, customers have found this part of our international removal service very useful.

Coordinating your International Removal

After your pre-move survey we will automatically assign two of our friendly move coordinators who will control all aspects of your removal to South Africa from start to finish. Your Move coordinators will be on hand to guide you through the process using their extensive knowledge and experience in international removals to South Africa.

Packing and the Removal

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. It is also important that they have highly skilled and fully trained export packers. 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. If you have selected our 'share a container' service, we will pack and measure your consignment at your residence and return this to our warehouse for loading in the next groupage container to your South African destination. With PSS share a container service you will only be charged for the amount of space your goods use in the container. Make sure you visit our Packing Gallery

Shipping to South Africa

When shipping to South Africa the approximate shipping times are based on estimated dates announced by the shipping line operating the vessels. The estimated time of arrival for full containers is 3-6 weeks and 6-10 weeks for share a container service to South Africa. Once your shipping container has been loaded it is secured using a customs type seal and transported to the UK port ready for loading onto the vessel and shipment to South Africa. Shipping to South Africa Quote

When you arrive in South Africa

We will contact you before your container arrives at the port in South Africa; this is to ascertain your requirements regarding delivery, if you are not ready to take delivery we can arrange storage at extremely preferential rate. We recommend that you contact our agents immediately upon your arrival as you will be required to complete a customs form and produce your passport. All goods which arrive into South Africa are subject to South African customs and quarantine clearance, you goods will need to arrive in South Africa within 3 months of your own arrival otherwise you will need to obtain special permission from customs.

South African Customs

When your shipment arrives in South Africa we will arrange for your personal effects or household effects to be customs cleared. You will need to be present in the country before customs clearance can take place though you will not need to attend customs in person. However, you will need to be available should customs request that you attend an interview. Customs clearance will take approximately 11 - 14 days. If you would like further assistance please don't hesitate to contact us on FREE PHONE 0800 988 3711 or fill in the contact form

If you shipping a firearm, you must obtain an Import permit prior to shipment. A SAP311 must be completed and signed by the importer which South African customs will retain and thereafter issue a SAP312 form allowing the importer 60 days to officially licence the firearm with the South African police. South African customs will physically inspect the firearm. N.B. Many shipping lines are now refusing to carry shotguns. Please check with us for up to date information. For further information on importing a firearm please contact Import and Export control, Department of trade and industry, Private Bag X192, Pretoria 0001

All goods entering South Africa are subject to Duty and Tax however, a personal or household effects shipment will qualify for free entry of Duty Tax & GST if your goods have:

  • Been owned and used for 12 months or more by you.
  • Returning residents must have been out of South Africa for at least 6 months.
  • Temporary residents in possession of a valid work permit.

If you would like further assistance regarding South African Customs, please don't hesitate to contact us on FREE PHONE 080 988 3711 or South African Removals Department


It is important that all items that have had contact with the outside are thoroughly cleaned prior to shipment. Please ensure that all Garden Tools, Garden Furniture, Garden Toys and outdoor sports equipment have been cleaned before exporting them to South Africa a full list of items subject to inspection is contained in the PSS moving to South Africa brochure, a free copy of which is available upon request..

Cargo Dues

Goods arriving in South Africa will be subject to Cargo dues. These will be excluded from your quotation and charged to you locally in South Africa. Please ask your Move Co coordinator for further information.

Delivery & Unpacking in South Africa

Upon customs clearance of your effects our agents will schedule a delivery date with you. Our unloading crew will place your items in the rooms of your choice and unwrap and remove the packing material from your furniture.

This information should be read as a guide only, please note that the information supplied is subject to change and we recommend that you reconfirm any applicable aspects with the appropriate South African government departments or PSS International Removals.

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