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Shipping Information - South Africa

We specialise in shipping to and from South Africa

 We have our own Simply Ship offices in Cape Town and Johannesburg

Airfreight to South Africa
Baggage Shipping to South Africa
Less than a container load/Groupage (share a container services)
Full Container Loads (FCL) to South Africa

  Importing Personal and Household effects into South Africa

Household and personal effects may be imported into the Republic of South Africa duty free for immigrants, returning residents (who have been out of South Africa longer than six months) and temporary residents.

Temporary Residents will only be allowed duty-free importation if they are in possession of a valid temporary work permit.

Owner of the shipment must be in South Africa at least 15 days prior to the arrival of the shipment in order to start the customs clearance process, as documents have to be handed to customs 10 days prior to the arrival of the vessel.

Documents Required for South Africa
Completed South African customs forms DA304 and P.1.160
Original Passport including page stamped with entry into South Africa
Detailed inventory / packing list
Permanent residence documenets or Temporary Residence Permit and Work Permit
Prohibited Goods for South Africa
Inflammable goods and substances
Firearms, Ammunition (Import permits required)
Plants, seeds and plant material (needs Phytosanitary certificate)
All foodstuffs, perishable or otherwise
Narcotics, drugs
Certain furs, feathers, skins, tusks of protected animals

Transit Times to South Africa

Groupage – share a container service to 6-12 weeks door to door

Sole use containers 3 to 4 weeks port to port. There is a weekly service for FCL’s.

Transit times do vary depending on customs or immigration delays, weather conditions, time of year and the volumes being shipped. For up to date information please call your local Simply Ship office.

Customs Clearance in South Africa

Customs clearance will take between 5 to10 days, and will depend upon the volumes at customs, and their work loads.  

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The doors of the container are closed, a seal applied and any hazardous goopds labels applied


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