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Moving Overseas from South Africa

Published by Chris Townsend

Moving Overseas from South Africa

Moving International from South Africa

Moving Overseas from South Africa

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If you're looking for a reliable and experienced international moving company, look no further than Three Movers. We are one of the most trusted and top-rated overseas movers in the business, and we have the experience and expertise to handle even the most complex moves. We can help you with every aspect of your move, from packing and shipping your belongings to arranging customs clearance and delivering them to your destination country.

We have a large carrier network that covers many countries around the world, so we can easily find a carrier that meets your specific needs and requirements. And our door-to-door service means that we will take care of everything from start to finish, so you can relax and concentrate on your move.

We understand that moving overseas can be a daunting task for many south africans, but with our help, it doesn't have to be. We're here to make your move as easy and stress-free as possible, so contact us today for a free quote. We look forward to helping you relocate to your new home.

Air Freight

Air freight shipping is the quickest and most expensive method for moving overseas from South Africa. Because air freight fees are based on weight and volume, most people use this method for just their valuables.

If you decide to ship small items via air freight, they must be packed carefully. The airline will place your parcels on a pallet, but this is still no guarantee that times couldn’t get damaged in flight if you haven’t packed them correctly.

Air freight shipping is one of the most efficient and quickest ways to move cargo internationally. We are experts in air freight shipments and we can help you move your goods quickly and securely to any destination in the world. We have a large network of carriers and our door-to-door service means that you can rely on us to take care of everything from pick-up to delivery.

South Africa is a popular destination for ex-pats and, as a result, there are most international moving companies that operate in the country. However, not all of these companies are equal in terms of quality and service. When choosing a company to handle your air freight shipping to South Africa, it is important to choose an international mover that know what countries require.

Sea Freight

Ocean freight shipping is the most commonly used method for overseas moves. For moving vehicle overseas, you could choose to ship on a RoRo ship. These Roll-On, Roll-Off vessels, such as ferries or car carriers, are ideal for moving vehicles quite inexpensively. The one drawback is that your vehicle will not be contained or wrapped in any way, leaving your vehicle vulnerable to scratches and scrapes.

For your household goods, you will want a container. When choosing a container for shipping your goods, you will have two main options – a full container load (FCL) and a less than container load (LCL). With an FCL, you get 40 feet of space to fill with your stuff. For many families, this is enough to ship a vehicle and the majority of their household goods.

For smaller loads, you could choose to save a bit of money with an LCL. While it does take a bit off the cost (from hundreds to even thousands depending on your route), an LCL does have its disadvantages. With an LCL, you will be sharing your container with other people. This increases the chances of damage from handling and can even increase the time it takes to arrive.

There are seven main shipping ports in South Africa. You can choose the one that best meets your needs, or work with a shipper who can make that decision for you based on their expertise.

  • Port of Cape Town
  • Port of Durban
  • Port of East London (not in London)
  • Port Elizabeth
  • Port of Mossel Bay
  • Port of Saldanha Bay

The Cost of Moving Overseas

Besides the expenses of moving your family members, the cost of moving overseas can be considerable. There are many fees and expenses to manage, as well as potential customs duty and taxes when you arrive. The best way to handle your overseas move is to work with an experienced shipping company. With their insider knowledge, they will be able to give you a reliable shipping quote so you have some insights into what you need to budget.

Shipping costs can be the easiest to estimate, but even those are represented as a range rather than a specific number. The moving costs of moving a full container to New York City from South Africa can be anywhere from R97,500 - R161,100. From South Africa to Sydney, Australia could be anywhere from R95,500 - R157,100.

Help Moving Overseas

Whether you want to move by air or sea, Three Movers are here to provide you with all the assistance and guidance you could need. We aren’t afraid to get our hands dirty, either, so we can help with packing, carrying, and handling, anything you need to get moved. Contact us to learn more about how we can help make your overseas move a breeze.

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Chris Townsend is a moving professional and relocation expert that has more than 10 years of experience in the moving industry. With a background that includes working in virtually every aspect of the company, he has distinguished himself as an integral part of our operations with expertise in all things related to moving. Chris has a keen eye for detail and brings intelligence and passion to every project he’s involved with.

While getting his degree in communications from Santa Clara University, Chris started out with the company working in the field as part of our team of professional moving associates. Following graduation, he was promoted to our main office, where he has thrived in a role that involves increasing responsibility and requires him to wear many different hats. Some days, you may find him answering the phone and providing moving estimates, others he may be writing for our moving blog, and another day he may be coordinating a large corporate moving job or helping us with our marketing efforts. Chris has authored many of our in-depth moving guides, as well as provided our clients with information and advice to handle the complexities of their upcoming moving plans. Simply put, there’s nothing he can’t do and we wouldn’t be where we are today without him.

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