International Removals to South Africa

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Specialists in shipping from the UK to the Republic of South Africa

We have extensive experience with regards to removals to South Africa and our South African agent is a trusted partner who we have a long established relationship with. Experienced Move Manager will be able to provide expert advice regarding the import of your items into South Africa.Considering relocating to the “Rainbow Nation” of South Africa? With its many attributes including tropical weather and cultural diversity, it’s easy to understand why. Before your move, there are a few things to consider at home before leaving.Firstly, ensure you have all the proper applications in order and all documentation in hand. You will need to contact the local South African consulate for assistance. The consulate can approve your work permit before arriving which will save you time and stress during your move.

In addition, it is also advisable to hire a reputable company for shipping to South Africa from the UK.  Seek a trustworthy company with plenty of experience  such as John Mason International to ensure that  your personal effects arrive safely and promptly.

South Africa offers UK immigrants a world of possibilities and scenery, all within the boundaries of a single nation. Favourable climate, a more relaxed atmosphere, and cultural diversity are only some of the reasons to consider moving to South Africa.

English is language of choice in both business and most social settings. However, you’ll quickly find the nation is home to 11 native languages. Although South Africa does have wide communicative diversity, most citizens will speak at least some English.

Despite the cultural diversity and mixture of first and third world flavours, most emigrants adapt to the South African lifestyle quickly and almost effortlessly. The low cost of living is attractive to retirees while abundant job opportunities attract the younger generation.

The South African economy has survived the global economic downturn nearly unscathed and has even shown signs of impressive growth. The economy is protected by moderate regulation in the financial sector and conservative exchange control. Further, citizens and residents are protected by the new democratic government’s constitution heavily favouring minority rights and personal property.

Interested in sports and an outdoor lifestyle? So are South Africans. You’ll find many opportunities for joining organised recreational teams. The national sports are Cricket, Rugby, and Football.

When searching for a residence in South Africa, many immigrants are attracted to purchasing their home over renting. Competitive pricing and investment potential make this a popular option. Additionally, there are no government restrictions regarding non-residents owning property. The only property restriction concerns the percentage of financing available (50%) for non-residents.

Contact your closest South African consulate in advance of your move. They can assist with submitting the required applications and the documentation needed.

John Mason International has a highly experienced moving team. Our Export Move Managers are highly trained and have many years experience with regards to moves to South Africa. They will guide you through every step of the moving process and will keep you informed of the status of your shipment at all times. Our Export Packing Teams are specialists in overseas removals and therefore will handle your consignment in a correct and professional manner. Good quality export packing is vitally important in order to ensure maximum protection of your belongings during transit.

Shipping to South Africa 

FCL (Full Container Load) Service / Sole Use Container

An FCL service is common for families moving the majority of contents from their house. As a general rule, the contents of a 3 bedroom house can fit into a 20ft container. During a home survey, the Surveyor will explain the different shipping options to you and will advise which method would be most appropriate for the volume of effects which you are taking.

Groupage / Shared Container Service
If you are not taking a large volume of effects with you, it is likely that a groupage service
will be most convenient for you. A few shipments are ‘grouped’ together. This means that you can split the freight costs between other consignments. It is therefore usually a less expensive option for shipping small or part house consignments. John Mason International operate a regular groupage schedule to South Africa so this option is always available to you.

Shipping to South Africa Quote

Follow the link above (top right hand corner of page) to receive a free, online instant quotation for your move to South Africa. Alternatively, contact us to arrange a home survey.

Please note that regulations can change on a regular basis so please contact us if you require further information regarding your move to South Africa. A full Customs Guide to South Africa is available upon request. If you are in need of a Visa for South Africa, please check our page for Intergate Immigration.


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Before moving to South Africa, it is important to ensure that you have all the proper applications in order and all documentation in hand. You will need to contact the local South African consulate for assistance. The consulate can approve your work permit before arriving which will save you time and stress during your move. You can also contact our experienced Move Managers who can provide expert advice regarding the import of your items into South Africa and guide you through every step of the moving process.

At John Mason, we understand that tracking your shipment during an international move is important. That’s why we provide regular updates on the status of your shipment throughout the move. Our Move Managers will keep you informed of the progress of your shipment and provide you with a tracking number that you can use to monitor the status of your shipment online. You can also contact your Move Manager at any time if you have any questions or concerns about your shipment. At destination, our local agents will contact you to arrange delivery and provide you with an estimated delivery date.

Our Accreditations

As one of the leading providers of overseas removals and relocation services on a national and international scale, we pride ourselves on offering a professional and friendly service. We have been recognised as one of the leading international moving companies and are proud of our credentials and the quality standard they represent. In 2023, we became the most trusted moving company in the UK.

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The packers were careful, quick and courteous. I highly recommend this company and would definitely use them again! Efficient, polite, punctual: could not ask for more.

Hertfordshire, UK to Virginia, USA - March 2023

From start with Michelle to finish with Gill the level of service was excellent. John Mason and its international partners handled my move from Devon to Australia seemingly effortlessly. I couldn't ask for better.

Devon, UK to Perth, Australia –April 2023

Absolutely one of the best movers I have worked with. Pleasant helpful admin staff and the delivery drivers were absolute angels sorting and moving the boxes where I asked them to. Arrived exactly when they said it would.

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