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Are you moving to South Africa? Compare My Move can save you up to 70% on the cost of your international removal. South Africa is home to over 200,000 British Expats and with the relaxed, low cost and high standard of living, it’s not hard to understand why. 

We have helped thousands of people move abroad each year and when you compare with us, you are in good hands. We will match you with up to 6 removal companies that specialise in International home moves.

Our directory of removals partners has been through our strict verification process. We only work with trusted companies that have the appropriate skills and expertise as well as the necessary insurance so you can rest assured when you choose a mover through us, you are using experts.


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Shipping To South Africa Costs

Shipping Freight will be the most logical option for a house move to South Africa. Whether you will be going for a full or part house load, a shipping container will be a good choice. 

There will be 20-foot and 40-foot containers available and you may be given the choice to share a container at a lower cost. 

The cost will depend on which service you use but, as an estimate, the cost will be around:

20ft Container -  £4,650 - £5,140

40ft Container – £8,830 - £9,750

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Air Freight To South Africa Costs

The cost of an air freight service to South Africa is significantly more expensive than sea freight but if you are in a hurry for your belongings, it is a viable option. If you are not too concerned with finding a cost-effective solution, then air freight is certainly more convenient. 

As an estimate of the cost, an Air Freight Service from the UK to Cape Town, South Africa is charged at around £3.40 per Kilo. This could mean that an average 4 bedroom house load can cost:

£10,000 - £15,000

Shipping Times To South Africa

A sea freight service to South Africa takes, on average 16-22 days whereas an airfreight cargo can be with you in as little as 1-3 days. These services tend to book up in advance so forward planning is paramount. Your removal company will advise.

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Tax Requirements & Other Legalities

Residents in South Africa are taxed on worldwide income. Non-residents are only taxed on their earnings in South Africa. If you meet the requirements of a ‘physical presence’ test then you will be considered a resident and you’ll be required to pay tax on all earnings. To meet these requirements, you would be present in South Africa for 91 days in a year.

People relocating to South Africa are allowed to import household items and personal goods such as furniture, clothing and linen without paying import duties. Your removal company will advise further.

Things To Consider Abroad

Other things you need to know...

  • There are several big cities in South Africa including Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban and Port Elizabeth
  • The local currency is the South African Rand
  • South Africa is mostly English speaking but there are 11 official languages
  • You will be required to pay for treatment in a state hospital
  • South Africans call the traffic lights ‘Robots’.

Need help with your money transfers?

Compare My Move are teamed up with Currencies Direct to add even more value to our service. 

Currencies Direct make money transfers simple. There are plenty of benefits of doing this when you are relocating to South Africa:

  • Save Time - Send money via card or bank transfer and Currencies Direct will convert and send your money to your South African Bank Account the same day.
  • Expert Advice – You will be able to talk to the experts over the phone before agreeing on an exchange rate.
  • Better than the Banks – Currencies Direct will make your money stretch further with their bank-beating exchange rates.
  • So Simple – You can make your payment by debit card via telephone or online or you can opt to use a bank transfer method.