Moving To South Africa  South African flag

If you are planning on moving to South Africa, whether to Cape Town, Johannesburg or Durban, Britannia Movers International has the expertise and the local knowledge to tailor the move to your individual needs.
Time Zone : SAST (UTC+2)
Calling Code : +27
Currency : South African Rand (ZAR)

Moving personal effects to South Africa Moving Personal Effects To South Africa

Shipments of household goods and personal effects are allowed duty free entry, provided that they have been owned and used for at least 12 months prior to importation. To move your items to South Africa, you will need a customs clearance form and a packing list, Britannia can help you with the appropriate import documentation. You will also need a residence permit (permanent or temporary) and a work permit to move to South Africa.

Prohibitions and Restrictions in South Africa Prohibitions And Restrictions

In general it is in your interest not to import the following items:

Firearms & ammunition
Inflammable goods & substances
Plants & plant material
Foodstuffs, perishables or otherwise
Narcotics and dangerous goods
Offensive materials
Alcohol & Tobacco

Transit times to South Africa Transit Times

Groupage or shared load consignments usually take 8 to 12 weeks door to door. However, this can vary depending on volumes being shipped, customs or immigration delays and prevailing weather conditions. Sole use containers usually take 21 to 26 days port to port.

Bar coding Bar Coding

All Groupage consignments will be bar coded before they are loaded into the shipping container. This will ensure that no items are left at origin.

Moving domestic pets to South Africa Domestic Pets

Britannia can recommend a specialised shipper of animals to assist you in sending your family pet(s) from home to home. They will coordinate all documentation and necessary veterinary procedures. To find out more about pet transport, take a look at our Additional Services section or email

Moving motor vehicles to South Africa Moving Motor Vehicles To South Africa

All motor vehicles must be granted Import Approval prior to export, a Letter of Authority is also required from the NRCS. All vehicles are subject to high duty and import taxes upon import. To find out further information please contact Britannia Movers to learn more about importing your vehicle.

Transferring money Transferring Money

Transferring money Transferring Money

When you are moving overseas it's often more cost effective to use an international currency exchange company. Britannia Movers works with IFX; a well known, reliable brand that has been a leading operator within this market for many years. Using IFX can not only save you money but can also help make your move overseas smoother and more efficient. 

To find out more about transferring money, take a look at our Additional Services section or email

Moving To South Africa With Britannia

  • Customs Clearance - It will usually 7 to 10 days for customs clearance and delivery. The time taken to clear goods through customs can be affected by Government policy, X-raying of goods, physical inspection, volume of traffic and the levy of any import duties or taxes.
  • Packing & Delivery - Our trained removers can pack and wrap all your items to ensure that they are transported safely. If you choose a full door to door shipping service to South Africa, Britannia will deliver the goods to your new home. We can then unwrap your furniture and unpack your moving boxes onto a flat surface, and all used packing materials will be removed from the site.
  • Additional Removal Services – Britannia can provide a variety of additional shipping services when moving to South Africa. We are authorised to provide comprehensive insurance, can arrange storage prior to delivery, and can also take care of your pet transport.