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Moving to South Africa from the U.S.

Considering an international move between South Africa and USA? International Sea & Air Shipping can be of much help for you. With experienced, professional efficient services we make your move go smooth and successful.

When Moving to South Africa

At International Sea & Air Shipping for every client an international relocation specialist is assigned to bring all the convenient moving options together to offer a seamless service. The criteria considered here are:
  • When will you leave for South Africa?
  • Do you have a preference for either air or sea shipping method?
  • How long you intend to stay in South Africa?

The Cost of Moving to South Africa

International moving can be a costly affair. However, certain prior considerations can bring down the cost for a manageable amount easily. If you are moving too interior in South Africa or within USA, cost for the relocation can increase as it always depends on the distance and also on the cubic footage of your shipment.

Appoint a site inspector who can inspect your home and belongings for giving you an exact estimation on the cubic footage of the cargo. This in turn will help the international mover to offer you the exact cost for the service.

About South Africa

Regarding cultures and languages, South Africa is a distinctive country. There are in total eleven languages in this country that have official recognition in the constitution. Even there is great ethnic variety also in South Africa where 79.5% of people are from Black African ancestry.

The Republic of South Africa is a state on southern tip Africa. Eleven official languages are recognized in the constitution. South Africa shares its borders with Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe and Mozambique and Swaziland. Lesotho is an enclave surrounded by South Africa on all sides.

South Africa is a top tourist’s destination as well having natural attractions, scope for adventure, comfortable weather and also world class facilities. Some of the top cities here where travelers can experience fast city life and other entertainment, include Cape Town, Johannesburg, Durban and others. There are spectacular natural scenarios also in South Africa to enjoy.

South Africa is a middle-income, emerging market economy with a stock exchange that is the 18th largest in the world. South Africa is a member of BRICS along with Brazil, Russia, India and China. South Africa’s major trading partners are China, US, Japan, Germany, UK, Switzerland, Saudi Arabia, and Iran.

Custom Regulations for South Africa:
  • Original Passport or certified copy of every page (except for Capetown South Africa)
  • Residence Visa
  • Residence Permit
  • Work Permit (temporary Work Permit for temporary residents)
  • Customs Forms D.A.304 and P1.160 (in triplicate) must be presented to the Department of Customs
  • Settler's Declaration Forms (in triplicate) to be completed upon arrival
  • Letter from employer verifying that customer is moving to South Africa on contract
  • Detailed Inventory, in English ("PBO" - packed by owner and "misc." - miscellaneous not acceptable)
  • Keys for any locked items
  • Weights and measures must be same on all shipping documents
  • All necessary documents must be in Destination Agent's possession at least 7 days before arrival of the vessel
  • Consultation with Destination Agent is recommended before above documents are completed
  • 100% inspection by Customs for all personal effects
  • Temporary residents will be allowed to import used household goods and personal effects duty-free if they are in possession of a valid temporary Work Permit and goods have been in their possession for at least one year prior to import and work permit is valid for more than 6 months.
  • Returning residents must have been out of South Africa for a continuous period of at least six months to qualify for duty-free import and work permit is valid for more than six months
  • Duty-free importation of household goods and personal effects for foreign diplomats allowed upon receiving detailed inventory and a diplomatic clearance certificate completed and signed by Embassy/Consulate in South Africa and countersigned by the Department of Foreign Affairs
  • "Ad Valorem" wharfage, terminal, examination fee, etc. are payable by owner on all shipments at destination and are additional to door-to-door charges
  • Perfume and tobacco products
  • New items, including new furniture, are subject to duties and taxes
  • Alcohol is dutiable and taxable
    • Import Permit and special Removal Certificate required
    • Must be easily accessible in container
    • A list of the quantity and value must be provided
  • Firearms require an Import Permit, Form SAP311, D.A.304 and P1.160 in triplicate. There is no guarantee that the Import Permit will be granted by the authorities. Therefore, customers must obtain the Import Permit prior to their move to prevent the possibility of the entire shipment being denied entry into South Africa.
    • A SAP312 will be issued by Customs allowing the importer 60 days to officially license the firearm with the South African police
    • Subject to 100% inspection and therefore must be easily accessible in the container
  • Inherited goods may be imported duty-free provided the inheritor is in possession of a certified copy of the Last Will and Testament and a copy of the Death Certificate wherein the specific items are bequeathed
    • An Import Permit is also required
  • Antiques (Import Permit and Antique Dealers Certificate is required)
  • Drugs and narcotics
  • Pornographic or objectionable materials
  • Plants, seeds, bulbs, raw cotton
  • Uncooked meat/poultry
  • Honey, beeswax, bees and their larvae or eggs, used beehive appliances
  • Uncut diamonds
  • Unwrought gold
  • Ammunition
  • No left-hand drive vehicles new or used purchased after January 1, 2000 will be allowed to be imported into South Africa

  • One auto per family which has been owned and used for at least one year prior to importation may be imported duty-free, but VAT of 14% is applicable
  • Special Import Permit (in quadruplicate) must be obtained from the South African Embassy in country of origin or from the Department of Home Affairs in South Africa
  • Once imported the auto cannot be sold or otherwise disposed of for two years
  • Import Permit
  • Original Passport
  • Compliance Certificate/Letter of Authority

  • The auto has been owned and used for a minimum period of 12 months prior to export from origin
  • The owner of the auto has been out of South Africa for a minimum unbroken period of 12 months
  • Full duties and taxes apply unless owner can prove that when they originally left South Africa they had no intention of ever returning
  • Import Permit must be obtained from the Import and Export Control
  • Compliance Certificate/Letter of Authority

  • Payment covering full duties and taxes must be lodged with South African Customs which is refundable at time of departure from South Africa
  • Valid Temporary Permit is required
  • Import Permit not applicable
  • Compliance Certificate/Letter of Authority

  • Diplomatic Certificate required
  • No duties or taxes apply
  • Documents required:
    • Original Purchase Invoice
    • Original Registration Certificate
    • Forms D.A. 304A and P1.160 (in triplicate)
    • Passport
    • Import Permit
    • Temporary License
  • Import Permit and Veterinary Certificate required
  • Quarantine may be required
  • Rabies vaccination 30 days prior to departure
NOTE - Customs regulations are subject to change at any time. The proceeding information is a brief summary of customs regulations applicable to household goods shipments to this destination and is being provided for general guidance to assist our Agents and customers. Since such regulations are subject to change without notice, International Sea & Air Shipping cannot be held liable for any costs, damage, delays, or other detrimental events resulting from non-compliance. Always double check with your local embassy or consulate.

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South Africa

Motto : Diverse people unite or Unity in Diversity
Capital : Pretoria (administrative capital)
National Anthem : "National Anthem of South Africa"


Location : Southern Africa, at the southern tip of the continent of Africa
Area : Total : 1,219,090 sq km

Land : 1,214,470 sq km
Water : 4,620 sq km

Climate : Mostly semiarid; subtropical along east coast; sunny days, cool nights


Nationality : South African(s)
Population : 49,004,031 (July 2011 est.)
Major Cities : Johannesburg 3.607 million; Cape Town 3.353 million; Ekurhuleni (East Rand) 3.144 million; Durban 2.837 million; PRETORIA (capital) 1.404 million (2009)
Languages : IsiZulu (official) 23.8%, IsiXhosa (official) 17.6%, Afrikaans (official) 13.3%, Sepedi (offcial) 9.4%, English (official) 8.2%, Setswana (official) 8.2%, Sesotho (official) 7.9%, Xitsonga (official) 4.4%, Other 7.2%, isiNdebele (official), Tshivenda (official), SiSwati (official) (2001 census)


GDP : $527.5 billion (2010 est.)
Exchange Rates : Rand (ZAR) per US dollar - 7.38 (2010), 8.4234 (2009), 7.9576 (2008), 7.05 (2007), 6.7649 (2006)


Airports : 578 (2010)
Roadways : Total : 362,099 km
Waterways : N/A
Ports & Terminals : Cape Town, Durban, Port Elizabeth, Richards Bay, Saldanha Bay


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