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Shipping to South Africa from the UK

Choose PACK & SEND for all your international shipping needs. We help you pack your large, awkward and valuable items and ship them to South Africa securely and in impressive time.

We ship to South Africa via sea or air and even offer express delivery services – getting your urgent parcels around the world in just a few days.

Here, we cover everything you need to know before sending items to South Africa.

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Delivery to South Africa

Whatever your reason for shipping to South Africa, PACK & SEND has you covered. From Musina to Cape Town, we get your fragile parcels across the world with ease.

PACK & SEND has over 30 years experience in international shipping, so you get peace of mind of safe delivery. We even track your parcel from door to door and confirm receipt, too.

If you’re sending sentimental items to loved ones abroad, or shipping valuables to overseas customers, work with PACK & SEND for safe and secure delivery to South Africa.

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Customs considerations

If you’re shipping internationally to anywhere from the UK, you’ll need to complete customs documents. This will be a commercial invoice. When you work with PACK & SEND, we’ll provide these for you and even help you complete them.

Its important customs documentation is completed in detail, otherwise, you risk your delivery being delayed or having its contents rejected or destroyed. For example, if you’re sending clothes items, don’t simply write ‘clothes’, but specify ‘2x white cotton t-shirts, made in England’.

Customs charges for imports to South Africa are typically charged to the recipient. However, goods valued up to 500 ZAR are exempt from duty and VAT.

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What can I send to South Africa?

Make sure your items are suitable for import before arranging a shipment, or you risk having them returned to you at a charge.

Some items are prohibited for import to South Africa and others are restricted unless you have a specific permit or license.

Items prohibited or restricted for import to South Africa include:

  • Certain animal and plant products
  • Currencies valued over 25,000 ZAR or gold coins
  • Certain medicines and herbal products

For a full list of restricted and prohibited imports, visit South Africa’s dedicated government website.

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Addressing parcels to South Africa

International mail must follow the address format of its destination country to avoid confusion or delays in delivery.

Mail to South Africa should include the receiver’s name on the first line, with the house number and street name on the second line.

The city goes on the third line, followed by a 4-digit postcode on the fourth line. Add SOUTH AFRICA, in block capitals, underneath.

For example:

Mr Jan Alleman
88 Umbilo Rd

Some rural areas of South Africa may collect mail at a local PO box. In this case, the local post office branch and PO box number replace the residential street address.

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Peace of mind, with PACK & SEND

PACK & SEND is here to help with all your international shipping needs, from packing your valuable items to doorstep delivery.

Our comprehensive cover gives you peace of mind when sending valuable or fragile items, too – offering protection against loss or damage in transit.

Contact us today for more information on our international shipping services to South Africa or to get a bespoke quote for your parcels.

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What items are prohibited to send to South Africa?

South Africa has a list of items that are prohibited from import into the country. These items include; certain animal or plant products, currencies over 25,000 ZAR and certain medications. A full list of prohibited items can be found here – https://www.sars.gov.za/customs-and-excise/prohibited-restricted-and-counterfeit-goods/. Whilst these goods are prohibited for import, solutions can be found in some circumstances, contact your local service centre for more information.

What ways are there to get an item sent to South Africa?

Getting items sent to South Africa can be arranged by PACK & SEND through two modes of transport, by air and sea. To find out more about how we offer this service follow this link – https://www.packsend.co.uk/business-solutions/international-freight-and-shipping/.

How long will my things take to reach South Africa?

Shipments to South Africa can take varying amounts of time. Delivery times can always fluctuate subject to customs clearance so we can only offer an estimated time. Shipping by air can take 5-7 days and by sea can be 7-9 weeks.







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