Cost of Shipping a Container to South Africa

How Much Does It Cost To Ship A Container To South Africa?

South Africa Container Shipping Cost
South Africa Container Shipping Cost

If you want to transport a container abroad, you’ll need to put in a lot of effort. You can’t just drop it at a port and assume it will arrive at the new location on its scheduled arrival date.

Hire a reputable moving company if you want to avoid the hassle of shipping a container internationally. Also, doing this prevents you from spending too much on shipping fees.

Three Men And A Truck provides high-quality shipping services in various locations across the world, such as Southern Africa.

But how much does shipping a container to this country cost? You could pay around $2000, but that’s not the final price. There are many factors that could affect your overall expenses. To give you an idea, here are the factors that affect the cost of shipping:

Factors That Affect the Cost of Shipping

The cost of transporting a container abroad varies because various factors are affecting your shipping fee.

The size of your goods, for example, has a significant impact on the shipping cost. More often than not, shipping companies determine the shipping rate using the characteristics of the shipment.

The cost of transporting bulky and heavy cargo is generally higher.

Not only that, the time when you will send your cargo will also determine the shipping rate.

There is a peak season in the shipping industry. During this time, expect instances of an increase in shipping prices and delays. In South Africa, shipping prices are frequently higher from November to March.

In addition to that, the following factors are taken into account when determining your delivery fee:

  • Insurance
  • Packing
  • Taxes and Custom fees
  • Inspections
  • General Rate Increase
  • Storage

Which Size Of Shipping Container Works Best For Me?

Containers are available in a variety of sizes. However, the 20ft and 40ft containers are suitable choices for residential and business moves.

The 20ft container is ideal for transporting items from a two-bedroom flat. It has enough space to keep your stuff, and there may even be room for other things such as your bicycle.

The 40ft container has doubled the storage capacity of the 20ft container. For instance, if a 20ft container can hold 10 pallets, a 40ft container can hold twenty.

Despite the fact that the 40ft container has more storage capacity, using it could also cost you less in terms of price per cubic meter.

The LCL, or Less Than Container Shipment, allows you to share the cost of a container and its storage with another individual.

However, if you don’t want to deal with the hassles of a shared container, you can send your stuff via FCL (Full Container Load). You will pay for the whole container in this method of shipment. 

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Average Container Shipping Rates Estimates

Full Container Load (FCL) Shipping Rates

FCL shipping is best for transporting lots of boxes, pallets and anything which will require a full container shipping to South Africa of up to 45,000lbs.

Full Container Load (FCL) Shipping Rates

20 ft Container$1305
40 ft Container$1500

Less Than Container (LCL) Shipping Rates

LCL shipping is more affordable way to transport less than container load shipments to South Africa.

Less Than Container (LCL) Shipping Rates

LCL$60/CBM
Personal Effects$605
Household Goods$705
International House Moving Costs

International house moving to South Africa services – quick, easy and cheap.

International House Moving Costs

Partial House (2000Lbs & Less)$500
1 Bedroom (3850 Lbs)$1500
2 Bedroom (4500 Lbs)$2400
3+ Bedroom (8750 Lbs)$3300

Container Car Shipping

International auto transport services to South Africa via RoRo and container ships. Ship cars, trucks, suvs, atv’s, boats, RV’s, heavy equipment and more.

Container Car Shipping

Sedan (Container)$900
SUV (Container)$1000
Sedan via RORO$1405
SUV via RORO$1500

Understanding The Different Types of Freight Transportation

Shipping firms may transport your goods by land, air, or sea. However, because your container’s end stop is in Southern Africa, you’re limited to air or sea freight.

Air freight and marine freight are both excellent modes of transportation. However, the best option is determined by your plan or financial constraints.

Moving a container by air freight is costly, but it is quick. It would take only a day or two to get to its destination.

Likewise, sea freight is also a viable method of transportation. It’s less expensive than air freight. However, the journey may take a few days or weeks. If you’re not in a rush and want to save money on shipping, this is the right option for you.

What’s Next?

Now that you know the factors that could affect the cost of shipping a container to Southern Africa, your next move is to contact us! We’ll give you a free quote then we can start packing your things.

You can call us at (888) 908-6496 or send us an email at info@threemenandatruck.com.

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Frequently Asked Questions

If I Am Shipping to South Africa, What Are the Documents That I Will Need?

There will be a lot of documents that you’ll need when shipping internationally. Below is a list of the most important documents you might be required to obtain for a smooth-sailing shipment process:

• Commercial Invoice.
• Packing List.
• Import Customs Declaration.
• Bill of Lading & Sea Waybill.
• Certificates (production, vessel, phytosanitary)
• Arrival Notice.
• Certificate of Origin.
• Importer Security Filing (local customs requirements)
• Letter of Credit.

Additional documentation, special licenses, or government permission might be needed if you’re shipping specific products. Below is a list of some documentation you might possibly need if there are certain goods you will ship:

• Health Certificate
• Ingredients Certificate
• Inspection Certificate
• Pre-Shipment Inspection certificate
• Phytosanitary Certificate/quarantine certificate
• Radiation Certificate
• Electronic Export Information
• Certificate of Health or Sanitation
• Generic Certificate of Origin
• Dangerous Goods Certificate
• Fisheries Certificate
• Fumigation Certificate
• Halal Certificate
• Dock Receipt and Warehouse Receipt
• ISPM 15 (Wood Packaging) Marking certificate
• Product manual or Product catalog
• Certified Engineer’s Report
• Chartered engineer’s certificate
• Product specification certificate

What Is a Bill of Lading?

The Bill of Lading serves a lot of functions: receipt, title, and contract between the carrier and the shipper. This is the most important document that you will acquire during the whole shipment process. Port details and quantity of the goods are also detailed in this piece of paper.

Are There Things I’m Not Allowed to Ship to South Africa?

If you want to ship to South Africa, you should know that there are prohibited and restricted items, as do in every country. In South Africa, there is an extensive list of those items. Below is the list of prohibited items:

• Ammunition
• Coffee and Coffee Samples
• Cotton seeds
• Dangerous Goods as defined by IATA (Intl. Air Transport Association)
• Drugs and narcotics
• Drugs, Prescription and Non-Prescription
• Dry Ice
• Furniture
• Furs
• Grain samples
• Honey, beeswax, bees, and their larvae or eggs, used beehive appliances
• Personal Effects
• Plant products
• Plants
• Plants, seeds, bulbs, raw cotton
• Pornographic or objectionable materials
• Seeds
• Ship spares
• Shoes
• Tea
• Textile articles
• Tobacco and Tobacco Leaves
• Uncooked meat/poultry
• Uncut diamonds
• Unwrought gold
• Fully automatic, military, and unnumbered weapons, explosives, and fireworks
• Poison and other toxic substances
• Cigarettes with a mass of more than 2 kilograms per 1,000
• Goods to which a trade description or trademark is applied in contravention of any Act (for example, counterfeit goods)
• Unlawful reproductions of any works subject to copyright
• Prison-made and penitentiary-made goods

What Are the Customs Duties or Taxes That I’m Supposed to Pay When I Ship to South Africa?

In 1994, South Africa reformed and simplified its tariff system. Tariff rates have been reduced from a simple average of more than 20 percent to an average of 5.8 percent. Tariff rates mostly fall within eight levels ranging from 0 to 30 percent, but some are higher especially for apparel. Nearly all South Africa’s specific and composite duties were converted to ad valorem rates (a tax, duty, or fee which varies based on the value of the products, services, or property on which it is levied), with a few exceptions remaining in a limited number of sectors, including textile and apparel products. The rates range from 0-40%.

What Is the Difference Between FCL and LCL?

FCL means “Full Cargo Load”. This mode of loading is when a client utilizes one container for all of the items to be shipped. They will be responsible for packing and unpacking the container from the departure point to the destination. Once it is shipped, the cargo goes straight to its intended port with being reworked through multiple stops.

Less Than Cargo Load (LCL) is when multiple clients make use of one container. The shipping line will be incharge of packing and unpacking the container for all of the clients. The cargo inside the container may be on the way to different destinations. Once it is sent for shipping, the container can go through multiple ports, getting reworked and reorganized each time.

My Cargo Is In-Transit. Is It Possible to Track It?

Yes, it is possible to track your cargo intransit through the “cargo tracking system”. You will be able to do so from anywhere and anytime in the world. To do so, you will need your container number, your Bill of Lading, your booking number, and the shipping line.

Should I Get Insurance?

It is important that you get insurance to ensure that you are well-protected from damages, loss, and unprecedented circumstances. If you refuse to do so, the container rental company will usually require you to insure their box.

How Long Until My Cargo Is Cleared in Customs in South Africa?

The estimated time for goods entering and exiting South Africa can range from a few minutes, if you provided enough documentation, to five days.


Shipping Containers Worldwide – Popular Routes

Three Men And A Truck can help you ship a container from anywhere in the world to South Africa:

Afghanistan to South Africa
Albania to South Africa
Algeria to South Africa
Andorra to South Africa
Angola to South Africa
Antigua to South Africa
Argentina to South Africa
Armenia to South Africa
Australia to South Africa
Austria to South Africa
Azerbaijan to South Africa
Bahamas to South Africa
Bahrain to South Africa
Bangladesh to South Africa
Barbados to South Africa
Belarus to South Africa
Belgium to South Africa
Belize to South Africa
Benin to South Africa
Bhutan to South Africa
Bolivia to South Africa
Bosnia Herzegovina to South Africa
Botswana to South Africa
Brazil to South Africa
Brunei to South Africa
Bulgaria to South Africa
Burkina to South Africa
Burundi to South Africa
Cambodia to South Africa
Cameroon to South Africa
Canada to South Africa
Cape Verde to South Africa
Central African Rep to South Africa
Chad to South Africa
Chile to South Africa
China to South Africa
Colombia to South Africa
Comoros to South Africa
Congo to South Africa
Congo {Democratic Rep} to South Africa
Costa Rica to South Africa
Croatia to South Africa
Cuba to South Africa
Cyprus to South Africa
Czech Republic to South Africa
Denmark to South Africa
Djibouti to South Africa
Dominica to South Africa
Dominican Republic to South Africa
East Timor to South Africa
Ecuador to South Africa
Egypt to South Africa
El Salvador to South Africa
Equatorial Guinea to South Africa
Eritrea to South Africa
Estonia to South Africa
Ethiopia to South Africa
Fiji to South Africa
Finland to South Africa
France to South Africa
Gabon to South Africa
Gambia to South Africa
Georgia to South Africa
Germany to South Africa
Ghana to South Africa
Greece to South Africa

Grenada to South Africa
Guatemala to South Africa
Guinea to South Africa
Guinea-Bissau to South Africa
Guyana to South Africa
Haiti to South Africa
Honduras to South Africa
Hungary to South Africa
Iceland to South Africa
India to South Africa
Indonesia to South Africa
Iran to South Africa
Iraq to South Africa
Ireland to South Africa
Israel to South Africa
Italy to South Africa
Ivory Coast to South Africa
Jamaica to South Africa
Japan to South Africa
Jordan to South Africa
Kazakhstan to South Africa
Kenya to South Africa
Kiribati to South Africa
Korea North to South Africa
Korea South to South Africa
Kosovo to South Africa
Kuwait to South Africa
Kyrgyzstan to South Africa
Laos to South Africa
Latvia to South Africa
Lebanon to South Africa
Lesotho to South Africa
Liberia to South Africa
Libya to South Africa
Liechtenstein to South Africa
Lithuania to South Africa
Luxembourg to South Africa
Macedonia to South Africa
Madagascar to South Africa
Malawi to South Africa
Malaysia to South Africa
Maldives to South Africa
Mali to South Africa
Malta to South Africa
Marshall Islands to South Africa
Mauritania to South Africa
Mauritius to South Africa
Mexico to South Africa
Micronesia to South Africa
Moldova to South Africa
Monaco to South Africa
Mongolia to South Africa
Montenegro to South Africa
Morocco to South Africa
Mozambique to South Africa
Myanmar, {Burma} to South Africa
Namibia to South Africa
Nauru to South Africa
Nepal to South Africa
Netherlands to South Africa
New Zealand to South Africa
Nicaragua to South Africa
Niger to South Africa
Nigeria to South Africa
Norway to South Africa
Oman to South Africa

Pakistan to South Africa
Palau to South Africa
Palestine to South Africa
Panama to South Africa
Papua New Guinea to South Africa
Paraguay to South Africa
Peru to South Africa
Philippines to South Africa
Poland to South Africa
Portugal to South Africa
Qatar to South Africa
Romania to South Africa
Russian Federation to South Africa
Rwanda to South Africa
Saint Vincent & the Grenadines to South Africa
Samoa to South Africa
San Marino to South Africa
Sao Tome & Principe to South Africa
Saudi Arabia to South Africa
Senegal to South Africa
Serbia to South Africa
Seychelles to South Africa
Sierra Leone to South Africa
Singapore to South Africa
Slovakia to South Africa
Slovenia to South Africa
Solomon Islands to South Africa
Somalia to South Africa
South Sudan to South Africa
Spain to South Africa
Sri Lanka to South Africa
St Kitts & Nevis to South Africa
St Lucia to South Africa
Sudan to South Africa
Suriname to South Africa
Swaziland to South Africa
Sweden to South Africa
Switzerland, {Eswatini} to South Africa
Syria to South Africa
Taiwan to South Africa
Tajikistan to South Africa
Tanzania to South Africa
Thailand to South Africa
Timor-Leste to South Africa
Togo to South Africa
Tonga to South Africa
Trinidad & Tobago to South Africa
Tunisia to South Africa
Turkey to South Africa
Turkmenistan to South Africa
Tuvalu to South Africa
Uganda to South Africa
Ukraine to South Africa
United Arab Emirates to South Africa
United Kingdom to South Africa
United States to South Africa
Uruguay to South Africa
Uzbekistan to South Africa
Vanuatu to South Africa
Vatican City to South Africa
Venezuela to South Africa
Vietnam to South Africa
Yemen to South Africa
Zambia to South Africa
Zimbabwe to South Africa

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 Chris@threemenandatruck.net

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