South Africa

moving home to or from south africa

Telephone: 0808 1000 988
Overseas Telephone: +44 1242 536796

Wherever in South Africa you are planning to move to, whether it’s Cape Town, Durban, Johannesburg or Port Elizabeth, GB Liners are here to help.

We are able to help with single items, groupage consignments, full container loads, cars and pets. Naturally a full door to door service is available.


Moving and living overseas can be a daunting proposition but with our experienced International Team here to assist, we are on hand to provide all the help and assistance you need for moving to South Africa. GB Liners have been moving customers overseas for over 60 years and in that time have accrued a wealth of knowledge and contacts that can aid and advise you on every aspect of your South African relocation. Guidance for living in South Africa be obtained from the link below however if you have any queries about South African life, please do not hesitate to contact our International Team who will share their vast knowledge or put you in touch with one of our many international partners who can!

customs formalities for moving to south africa

Documents Required (submitted/signed by customer)

  • Copy of residential/working Visa.
  • DA 304 and P. 1.160.
  • Original passport including page with date of entry in South Africa.

    Affidavit (to be completed in South Africa by the customer – This is applicable for a returning resident only).

    Permanent residence documents or temporary residence permit with a work

Documents Required (to be completed/arranged by GB Liners)

  • Detailed packing Inventory of the goods in English. (Do not use the terms “Miscellaneous” or “Contents unknown”.)
  • Ocean Bill of Lading/Air Waybill (AWB).


Removals to South Africa are duty free if removal goods consist of used household effects, regardless of length of ownership. Owner of the shipment must be in South Africa at least 10 days prior to the shipment arriving at port, in order for Customs clearance can take place.

Returning residents importing goods must have been out of South Africa for an unbroken period of at least 6 months. If the returning resident has not been out of the country for an unbroken period of at least 6 months, Customs will apply duty and taxes and the returning resident will have to apply for an import permit for each commodity of household goods i.e. electrical appliances will be one permit, wooden furniture will be another permit, so you could have up to 6 different types of import permits. Then duties and taxes will be calculated.

No duty free import will be allowed on a tourist / visitor visa even if there is a pending work / resident permit application.

For further details on inherited goods, diplomatic status, motor vehicles, pets and other exceptional items, please do not hesitate to e-mail us at

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