Find out how much it costs to send boxes to South Africa from the UK including the best way to ship your belongings.
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Our team of professional box shippers have many years of experience of shipping boxes to South Africa. It’s our aim to provide an outstanding service at an unbeatable price.
For 40 years we have been sending boxes to South Africa from the UK whether it is a small shipment for an individual or a container load for a whole family. Sending boxes to South Africa is easy with PSS. You can send anything from 1 box via air freight to a whole house shipment in multiple containers that requires a sea freight service – the choice is yours.
We will ship boxes and baggage to all major cities in South Africa, so no matter where you are going, our box shipping service has you covered!
Shipping your boxes and luggage to South Africa is easy with PSS
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We deliver cartons and packing materials
We deliver export-strength cartons & packing materials to your home.
We collect packed boxes/bags from your home
When you’re ready, we collect your packed boxes or bags and any unused cartons.
We ship and deliver to your new home, handling all customs clearance
Our door-to-door service takes care of everything for you.
Door to Door Shipping Boxes to South Africa
We like to make overseas shipping to South Africa as simple as possible, helping make your move to South Africa run smoothly. Therefore, when you put our reliable staff in charge of shipping boxes from the United Kingdom to South Africa, we take care of everything from door to door.
We provide packaging materials, cartons and can send your belongings in secure tea cartons to South Africa, ensuring safe delivery. When you select PSS to ship boxes to South Africa, we will handle custom clearance agreements and we will personally deliver your removals to the required delivery address.
Why Choose PSS for Shipping Boxes from UK to South Africa?
We’re honoured to be members of the FIDI Global Alliance for shipping boxes to South Africa and accredited by the FAIM quality standard for sending a box overseas, so you can rest assured you’re in good hands.
We thrive off providing a professional yet friendly service and always work hard to meet your needs. This is echoed in our reputation as the UK’s first choice for shipping boxes to South Africa, and we would love to help you too!
We will always make taking care of your goods and the safe delivery of your shipment of boxes to South Africa our main priority.
Shipping costs to South Africa
The cost of moving boxes internationally solely depends on how much you send when using our box shipping to South Africa service. At PSS we offer an unmatched price. We’re also backed by the BAR Advanced Payment Guarantee Scheme.
If you’re considering shipping a box to South Africa, get your instant quote today or call us on 0800 988 3711. If you just want more information on sending a tea chest to South Africa from the UK you can read our Shipping Boxes to South Africa FAQs or refer to the shipping documentation.
“Why choose PSS International in 2023?”
- Free home survey
- Family run business for over 40 years
- We only handle Overseas Removals
- Members of BAR Overseas Group
- BAR Advance Payment Guarantee Scheme
- FIDI Global Alliance (Worldwide Moving Association)
- FAIM Accredited (Removal Quality Assurance Standard)
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Box Shipping to South Africa cost calculator
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How to ship boxes to South Africa from the UK? Our FAQ Guide
What is the best way to send boxes to South Africa?
No matter whether you are taking one, a few or even multiple boxes to South Africa then our box shipping service is the best way for you to ship your boxes.
We provide boxes and packaging materials and deliver them to your address in the UK.
You then pack all your personal possessions or household items and call us when you are ready for them to be collected.
There are three shipping options for your boxes. The method you choose depends on costs and urgency.
- Sea Freight: Your boxes are sent in a shared shipping container with other peoples boxes and belongings moving to South Africa. This is the cheapest, but the slowest method.
- Air Freight: If you need your belongings to arrive sooner then air freight can be a good option.
- Express Air Freight: If your shipment is needed very urgently then express air freight is the best option, however, this will be more expensive.
Your dedicated Move Manager will help you with all the required paperwork and answer any questions you have.
You can then take time to enjoy a stop-over on your journey home to South Africa whilst we take care of transporting your boxes.
Our partner company in South Africa will notify you when your ship arrives, take care of customs clearance and deliver your boxes at a time that’s convenient to you.
They can also arrange storage for you if you are not yet ready to take delivery.
The whole process is very easy!
How long does it take to ship boxes from the UK to South Africa?
Average shipping times to South Africa from the UK
|Method||Sea Freight||Air Freight|
|Shipping Time||8-12 weeks||7-14 days|
The table above gives you an estimate of how long it will take to ship your boxes to South Africa. Delivery times will vary depending on where in South Africa you are moving to.
Please note: These times are for arrival in your destination port, You will also need to allow additional time for customs clearance.
How much does it cost to ship boxes to South Africa from the UK?
The cost will depend on the volume of boxes you are shipping and whether you are using sea or air freight.
To get an initial price we recommend using our free online cost calculator available on this page. Our Move Managers will also be able to tailor your quote to meet your personal requirements.
But you can be assured that PSS is widely regarded as the cheapest and best company for shipping your items to South Africa. We are confident that we can give you a very good quote without compromising on service.
Please note that sea freight costs are based on volume whereas air freight rates are calculated by volumetric weight – a combination of weight and volume.
What is the Cheapest way to ship boxes to South Africa?
The cheapest way to send your items is by sea freight using our personal shipping service.
Your boxes are shipped in a container together with other customers belongings bound for South Africa so that everyone saves money.
As PSS are one of the leading UK shipping companies for South Africa, we can get the best sea freight rates and so are able to offer cheap prices to our customers.
We also offer faster options to fly your boxes. Although more expensive, this is still much cheaper than using courier companies or airline excess baggage.
Are there any additional charges e.g. customs fees?
Our quote is for a full door to door collection and delivery service to your address in South Africa.
There may, however, be additional customs charges e.g. customs duty, GST, inspection and quarantine fees.
These will need to be paid when your shipment arrives in South Africa.
You can check the latest customs requirements in our FIDI Customs Guide here.
What items can I send to South Africa?
Our box/baggage shipping service is suitable for sending all manner of household items and personal effects to South Africa.
This can include clothing, shoes, books, souvenirs, toys, small items of furniture
In fact, any of your personal possessions and goods can be boxed and shipped to South Africa as long as they meet customs requirements.
Our shipping company is used by thousands of migrants, families, expats, students and also South Africans returning home from the UK to ship all their boxes of goods.
Popular items that can be shipped via our box/baggage shipping service include:
- Suitcases and luggage
- Guitars (use a hard case)
- Computers & monitors
- Golf clubs and bags
- Other sports gear and equipment
- Tool boxes
- Vinyl Records / LPs
For larger items and furniture you will likely need to use our removals to South Africa service.
Are there any prohibited or restricted items for shipping to South Africa?
There are some items you are not allowed to ship to South Africa due to local and international regulations. These are outside the control of PSS so you need to make yourself aware before you pack your belongings.
Please check our FIDI Customs Guide for items that you should not send to South Africa or items that are restricted for import.
Shipping these can cause delays and additional costs.
In addition, if you are sending your luggage and belongings by air, you need to comply by the IATA Dangerous Goods regulations. Failure to comply can lead to your shipment being rejected by the airline. For more details please check our guide Air Freight Prohibited Items.
Examples of prohibited items when sending luggage via air freight include:
- Fireworks, ammunition, firearms or explosives
- Cylinders of compressed air, oxygen or liquid petroleum gas (LPG)
- Any type of aerosol can (e.g. deodorant, shaving cream, hair spray, paint etc
- Camping stoves, cigarette/pipe lighters or cigarette lighter refills
- Cosmetics (e.g. nail polish, colognes, perfumes, nail polish remover)
- Paint, fuel or paint thinners
- Dry Ice, specimens or samples
- Detergents, bleaches, drain or oven cleaners
- Fibreglass repair kits, adhesives and puncture repair kits
- Medicines of any type
- Any type of chemical, pesticides, herbicides etc
- Camping equipment (e.g. gas stoves, gas cylinders)
- Diving equipment (e.g. air tanks)
- Batteries of any type
- Machinery with internal combustion engines such as chainsaws, lawnmowers or garden trimmers
- Printer ink cartridges of any type
- Food of any type
NB: The above is not intended as a comprehensive list, but as examples of the kind of items that are prohibited/restricted. If you are at all unsure please check with your Move Manager.
How to send your boxes via Air Freight or by our Express Service
The fastest way to send your boxes to South Africa is by air freight or our express courier service.
This is more expensive than our sea freight service, but still much cheaper than airline excess baggage rates.
Air freight prices are calculated by volumetric weight – a combination of volume and weight in kilograms.
Many customers choose to send the bulk of their goods by sea and then ask us to fly the possessions they need more urgently.
This cost effective baggage service is the perfect alternative to paying expensive airline excess baggage fees.
We offer two options to fly your boxes to South Africa – Standard Air Freight and Express Air Freight which is a fastrack courier service.
What size and type of box do you need for shipping to South Africa?
We provide a variety of different cartons, including small and large boxes, as part of your quote. All our cartons are of high quality and designed specifically for international box shipping.
Size: 46 x 46 x 46cm
Description: Standard size box that is suitable for most items.
Tea Carton (Tea Chest)
Size: 46 x 46 x 51cm
Description: Large box that is suitable for bigger and bulkier items such as clothes and bedding. This is about the size and volume of traditional tea chests.
Size: 46 x 46 x 26cm
Description: Smaller box that is suitable for books, paperwork and heavier items.
Size: 147 x 22 x 96cm
Description: Specialist box specifically designed for transporting cycles/bicycles.
You can also enter the dimensions and weight of customs packages on our cost calculator to get a price estimate.
How do I pack my boxes and what packaging materials should I use?
In addition to providing you with cardboard boxes and cartons, we also supply the packaging materials you need for shipping to South Africa.
As standard this includes bubble wrap and tape.
We can also provide blanket wrap for additional items or we can supply a custom built wood case at an additional cost.
All items should be well wrapped with plenty of padding and the boxes secured with packing tape.
Can I use my own boxes or bags?
Whilst in theory you can use your own boxes or bags to send your personal effects, we highly recommend you use the export-strength boxes and cartons we provide as they are purposely designed for international shipping.
Our cartons are double-walled for extra strength and durability to give your items greater protection on their journey. Cheap boxes are more likely to squash or split.
This is why we provide a variety of different box and carton sizes for you to choose from.
For items such as TVs and computers, it is recommended, if possible, to use their original packaging.
How heavy a box can I send to South Africa?
Generally, for health and safety reasons, boxes should not weigh not more than 25kg for sea freight or air freight.
There may be some exception such as for bike cartons or heavy tool boxes.
Do you have bike cartons / boxes for shipping bicycles to South Africa?
Yes! Whilst you can buy a specialist bike box, we can provide you with a strong cardboard bike carton for shipping your bicycle to South Africa.
You will need to dismantle some parts of your cycle such as pedals and ensure it is thoroughly cleaned for South African customs, but taking your bike with you is very easy.
How to ship toolboxes to South Africa?
Our service is perfect for sending your work tools and toolboxes to South Africa. You will need to ensure they are thoroughly cleaned before transportation and well wrapped to protect them.
If you need your tools quickly, we recommend you use our air freight service. Otherwise, your tool box can be sent via sea freight.
Please speak to your Move Manager if your toolbox is very heavy – we have a special service for overweight items.
Please note: Some items such as batteries and gas canisters can be restricted or prohibited. Call us for more details.
Do I self-pack or do you provide a professional packing service?
For this box shipping service customers usually pack by themselves (owner packed).
However, we do also have a professional packing service which is especially useful if you have a large number of boxes, delicate items or are moving to South Africa with the full contents of your house.
Can I post or mail boxes to South Africa from the United Kingdom?
Posting boxes, parcels and packages to South Africa via Royal Mail or other postal services/parcel companies, is only viable if they are under 2kg. Normal courier services are prohibitively expensive if you have large boxes to send.
This is why box shipping services offered by companies such as PSS offer both the fastest and most economical way to ship your belongings.
Do I need marine insurance or shipment protection cover for my belongings?
At PSS we do our very best to take great care of your belongings, so whilst we are confident that your goods are in safe hands, unfortunately, accidents do happen that are beyond our control.
So, in the same way, you have car insurance, travel insurance and home contents insurance to protect you as well as your belongings in the unlikely event that you should need to claim, we recommend for peace of mind, that you take out shipment protection cover.
We offer a flexible and independent shipment protection cover through Basil Fry & Company, the UK’s leading insurance broker for international removals and shipping.
The most popular comprehensive cover (Standard Liability including damage) is calculated at 5% of the total value you declare.
Your Move Manager will be able to give you more details.