Cost of Movers South Africa to Australia


When moving from South Africa to Australia, most people ship their belongings by container. Container shipping for a full container from Cape Town to Perth is R98,000 – R161,400 and take between 4 – 7 weeks. A half container, which offers 20 feet of space, is a few thousand Rands less. The shipping costs are only part of the picture. It can be hard to estimate the true costs of a move when there are so many hidden costs, taxes, and fees. That’s why most people making an international move work with an overseas moving company.

Are there other shipping options? Yes, you could also choose to ship your belongings by air freight, which is generally reserved for valuables like rare vehicles or antiques due to the cost.

What about customs inspections?

Australia is famous for kangaroos, vegemite, and strict customs inspection. It is a very special place, with animals and plants that are not found anywhere else in the world. Part of the job of protecting this unique ecosystem is to prevent the invasion of foreign animal and plant species. Most household shipments have at least a few items that are subject to quarantine. Wood furniture, for example, will need rigorous inspection and potential quarantine to protect against termites or other wood boring insects.

Any items flagged during the customs inspection process could be subject to quarantine, returned to South Africa, or even destroyed. Make sure you have all paperwork in order to reduce your chances of a problem.

Am I allowed to bring my vehicle to Australia?

In most cases, the answer is no. In fact, vehicle imports to the country are far more likely to be by car manufacturers. Private citizens are rarely permitted to bring their vehicles.

Importing a vehicle to Australia takes more than just transporting your vehicle to Australia. Even if you can get it there, the Australian Border Force will not release your vehicle unless all paperwork and approvals are in order. Again, privately-owned vehicles rarely qualify for import, and the approval process can take several weeks. Give yourself plenty of time to get through the process and to make alternative arrangements as needed.

Three Men and a Truck

An international move can be a source of excitement and anxiety. With so many moving parts and rules to follow, it can be overwhelming. Three Men and a Truck is a moving company that specializes in overseas transfers. You never have to go it alone. Our international shipping experts have the experience and expertise you need to achieve a seamless move. Contact us today for your free, no-obligation shipping quote.

Written by Chris Townsend

Chris Townsend

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.

If you have any questions about moving, our services, or anything else you think he may be able to help with, you can contact Chris by emailing him at

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