International Removals to South Africa from the UK

Get the best quote and service for your overseas removal to South Africa – we’ll take care of everything from the initial home survey to delivery to your new address.

Moving your belongings to South Africa will be a hassle-free and stress-free experience with Simpsons International Removals. With our extensive experience in overseas removals, we are here to assist you every step of the way.

As one of the top removal companies in the UK, we prioritise customer satisfaction and cater to all types of moves. Whether it’s a small removal or a full household relocation, we’ve got you covered.

We have successfully helped individuals and families relocate from various locations across the UK to major destinations in South Africa, such as Cape Town, Pretoria, and Bloemfontein. We also provide removal services to more remote areas like Port Elizabeth and the Northern Cape. Our South Africa removals service is designed to make your move seamless and effortless.

Simpsons International Removals specialise in overseas removals and have a reputation for being one of the best removals companies for moving from the UK to South Africa. No matter whether it’s household goods, shipping personal effects, or wrapping and packing, we can give you a comprehensive removals quote.

International removals to South Africa including-furniture removals and boxes from the uk

The transit times for moving to South Africa will depend on whether you use air freight or sea freight service. Our air freight service is recommended for a quicker removals service to South Africa. Or if you would like a cheaper service to South Africa we recommend using sea freight.

You can use both air freight & sea freight for your removals. If you wish to send personal effects that are essential in your move and needed urgently you can use our air freight & for less essential goods you can use our sea freight service for a cheaper service. Our South Africa international moving team will be able to help with South Africa customs clearance, and documentation and provide advice for your international move.

However, if you are looking for large household removal we recommend you use a dedicated container for your move. Our full container load will provide you with sufficient space for a successful move to South Africa. If you are unsure about what type of container e.g. 20ft or 40ft container, our experienced International moves surveyor team will be more than happy to help you in your move.

If you use a shared container, you will only be charged for the amount of space you use. Your goods will be in the same container as other customers who are moving to South Africa. This will be a cheaper service compared to using a full load service, however, it will be longer transit times.

Small removals to South Africa

If you are looking for a small removal service South Africa from the UK, we can help you. Whether you are looking to ship a couple of boxes or luggage, our removal service will ensure your belongings arrive at your new home in perfect condition.

You can have the option of our economy part loads road freight service, shared shipping container or express air freight.

Removals to South Africa from the UK with Simpsons

Overseas removals across miles of ocean from the UK to South Africa are far more complicated than moving within the UK. But by using a specialist international removal company like Simpsons, who have conducted South Africa removals for years, you can be sure your household belongings and furniture are in safe hands.

Simpsons have high standards and will help you with a stress-free move to your new home in South Africa.

Our South Africa International Removals Service Includes:

  • Full Door to door service
  • Moving furniture to South Africa
  • Personally assigned Move Manager
  • Export wrapping and packing of your household effects
  • Professionally trained international packers for personal belongings
  • Inventory for customs purposes
  • Assistance with all documentation & detailed inventory.
  • Standard South African customs clearance included
  • Antique and bespoke packing service as required
  • Use of accredited international shipping lines
  • Offer Storage facilities in the UK or South Africa if needed
  • Air Freight & sea freight to South Africa
  • Luggage, boxes, suitcases, and excess baggage service to South Africa
  • 20ft Container load or 40ft Container load
Removals to South Africa from the UK

Removal Service To South Africa

Simpsons International Removals is a leading removal company, offering you a comprehensive range of services if you are looking to move your belongings to South Africa, each tailored to meet different needs and budgets.

Sea Freight Service – Container Shipping

For those who might be moving larger quantities of goods or seeking an even more cost-effective solution, sea freight services are also available. Whether that’s a full-load 20ft or 40ft container for larger moves or a part-load container for smaller quantities, sea freight is known for its economic value, especially for substantial moves, and while it may take longer than road transport, it offers a reliable and cost-effective solution for transporting your goods over longer distances.

Air Freight Service – For Small Moves

For the quickest transportation of your belongings to South Africa, air freight is the recommended option. This express courier service is ideal for smaller moves, such as sending boxes or luggage. Air freight stands out for its speed, making it the perfect choice for those who need their items to arrive in South Africa as quickly as possible. However, it is important to note that while air freight is the fastest method, it is generally more expensive than road or sea freight and is best suited for larger volumes of goods.

Contact our South African International Removals Consultants for advice and to get a quick quote for removals to South Africa

If you wish to receive an estimated quick quote for your move to South Africa click here for our international removals cost calculator

Or fill out our self-survey for South African international moves from the UK.

As one of the leading removal companies, we believe that customers should not be stressed when moving their belongings overseas. Our South African removals team will make moving abroad feel easy.

Contact us today for your South African removals service to South Africa. Or if you wish to move worldwide, Simpsons has years of experience with these moves.

How much do removals to South Africa from the UK cost?

The cost of house removals to South Africa obviously varies greatly depending on the quantity you are taking and where in South Africa you are moving to. The good news is that, as so many people move from the UK to South Africa, the cost of removals is surprisingly cheap – especially to areas around the big cities such as Cape Town, Johannesburg, Pretoria and Durban.

The cheapest removals service to South Africa are by sea and costs per cubic feet decrease significantly as volume increases. You’ll certainly find that it is a lot cheaper to use our furniture removal service than to replace them all when you arrive in South Africa.

Sea freight will be recommended if you are looking for the quickest removals to South Africa. The cost will be higher, but it is recommended if you need your goods to arrive more urgently.

We offer a range of removal options depending on your budget. This includes economy part load road freight or shared shipping container, dedicated road freight or full container load by sea or express air freight for small and urgent moves.

You can use our online cost calculator to get an initial price or for a more accurate estimate, we highly recommend booking a home or video survey to get a more formal quote for the cost of your move to South Africa.

Remember our removal quotes are for a comprehensive door-to-door service including packing and standard customs clearance. Our quote does not include customs fees and duties which may be payable to local authorities on arrival.

How long do removals to South Africa from the UK take?

House removals to South Africa usually take 3-6 weeks for our full container service and 6-10 weeks for our part load (groupage) service. Most of our customers will use a part load service as it is the most cost-effective service for international movers.

These shipping times are for delivery to port, you will need to allow additional time for customs clearance on arrival in South Africa.

When relocating your belongings to South Africa, Simpsons’ comprehensive packing services have you covered. Our expert packing teams excel in export wrapping your furniture and efficiently packing boxes to ensure their safe arrival in flawless condition. Our highly trained packing crews specialise in packing for overseas moves and have years of experience.

We offer a range of export quality double-walled boxes of different sizes including tea cartons, book cartons and bike cartons. Other packing materials include blanket wrap, flow pack, bubble wrap and secure packing tape.

We can also provide bespoke custom wood cases and crates for delicate and special items that need additional protection. Our service also includes specialised antique packing, ensuring these valuable items are meticulously protected.

With our extensive experience in managing delicate and fragile items, we assure that every piece, from everyday furniture to precious antiques, receives the highest level of care and professional handling throughout the moving process.

We provide a range of storage services for your belongings if you moving to South Africa. We have storage facilities across the UK and can also store your goods in South Africa until you are ready to receive them.

We have highly secure warehouses and can offer a range of flexible storage solutions depending on your needs including short term and longer term storage.

Removal Service for South Africa

When you use Simpsons, a reliable removal company, you will receive a variety of overseas removal services to meet your needs. Do not worry if you are unsure about which is most suitable for you as our advisers will be happy to talk you through the different options.

Full Household Overseas Removal Service

For full household removal of a 3 or 4-bedroom house, we would usually recommend a full container for your sole use. These usually come in two sizes –20 and 40 ft.

We will pack the container at your house and it will be secured and customs sealed before heading off to the port.

Shared Container (Part Load) Overseas Removal Service

For smaller moves with furniture, boxes and other items, the most cost-effective option is our shared container service, sometimes called part load. In this case, we pack your belongings at your home and take them to one of our depots where they will be loaded into a container with other customers’ belongings heading for the same part of South Africa.

This is a cheap option for removals to South Africa as the costs are shared proportionally. Part load service is the most common service for our customers for sending their household goods as it is far more cost-effective.

Box and Bag Removal Service

For small moves to South Africa, we recommend our box and bag removal service. This is the cheapest way to move your belongings to South Africa. We provide you with export-quality cartons/boxes and packing materials.

We then collect your packed boxes and transport them to South Africa by air or sea freight depending on your preference and budget.

International removals to south africa

Customs Clearance for South Africa

You will receive assistance with customs clearance when moving South Africa.

Your move manager will provide help with documentation to ensure you have no delays in your move.

The best removal service to South Africa will depend on your needs and circumstance.

If you are looking for the most affordable house removal service for South Africa, we recommend that you use our sea freight.

If you are looking to receive your belongings in the quickest timeframe, we recommend that you use our air freight service.

You can use both an air freight service for moving to South Africa as well as a sea freight service. Air freight can be used for goods that are urgently needed in your move and sea freight can be used for goods that are not needed immediately.

Whether you use an air freight service or sea freight service, you will receive an outstanding removal service.

You can start the process of house removals to South Africa by completing our online cost calculator.

You will receive an estimated quote for your move. However, for a more accurate quotation, we recommend that you book a home survey as our international removals surveyors will calculate the cost of your move to South Africa based on the volume of goods being sent.

You can also call our team on 01322 949 557 to ask questions about the removals process.

International Removal services to South Africa

Simpsons is an international removals company with years of experience in helping customers move their belongings to South Africa from the UK.

You will receive a dedicated moves manager who will guide you throughout the process and provide assistance with customs clearance and documentation.

You will also receive an experienced packing team who will wrap your belongings and ensure they arrive in perfect condition in South Africa.

Whether you are looking for large household removals or looking for a smaller move, Simpsons’ expertise in international removals will be able to help you and provide a stress free experience.

International Removal services to South Africa

Simpsons International Removals provides a removal service to any location in South Africa

Popular destinations for international removals to South Africa include

Cape Town
Port Elizabeth
East London

Wherever you are looking to move to in South Africa, Simpsons International Removals will be able to help you and will provide an affordable removal service.

International Removal Insurance for your Move to South Africa

We would recommend taking out Shipment Protection Cover for peace of mind whilst your belongings are on their journey.

Whilst we have expert packers who specialise in international removals and use accredited shipping lines who take special care of personal shipping containers, we cannot control every eventuality.

Just as you will likely have home contents insurance in the UK and travel insurance for your family, we recommend you discuss with your Move Manager the available options for protecting your belongings whist they are in transit.

Furniture removals from the UK to South Africa

Furniture removals to South Africa from the UK needs far more care and attention than domestic removal. Each item is carefully packed using export wrapping before being loaded into the container.

You can move all kinds of furniture to SA including sofas, chairs, tables, cupboards as well as white goods such as washing machines and fridge freezers to your new house in South Africa. Our team will also help with placing your furniture in the designated room as per your instructions.

Simpsons make furniture removals to South Africa easy and will ensure that your goods arrive in perfect condition.

As South Africans drive on the left side of the road, it could be well worth your while taking your car with you to South Africa – especially if it’s a new, luxury or classic model.

It is often cost-effective to send your car in the same shipping container as your house removal so that everything arrives at the same time.

There are some important requirements you need to be aware of before you ship your car to South Africa. We suggest you contact our team to discuss options and the shipping process.

Although Simpsons will take care of all the details they can for you, this convenient checklist will make preparing for the move as simple and worry free as possible.

Moving out: Before the removal men arrive, be clear in what they are contracted to do and what you are expected to do. If in doubt, ask the surveyor or a member of our staff. Ordinarily, both householder and the removal men have fairly defined responsibilities (though a measure of flexibility on both sides is of course desirable)

Children: Children, who are naturally curious and can easily get in the way, may potentially be injured. The younger ones are best left with a neighbour or friend until it is time to leave.

Swings/Climbing frames: Generally dismantling these is one job you will do yourself, but be careful not to lose the bolts. If you wish us to arrange dismantling please discuss this with our surveyor

Garage/Shed: Tie together garden tools, and prepare items to be lifted straight onto the vehicle.

Self assembly furniture: If you have any furniture of the home assembly type particularly if made of chipboard, please note that we recommend dismantling units before the move, as the joints are seldom strong enough to survive even careful handling if the furniture is moved whilst still assembled.

Washing machines: Secure your washing machine drum, and disconnect from water supply and electric.

Books: Books are very heavy, use our book cartons as they are smaller and easier to manage.

China & glass: Wrap each item individually in packing paper or bubble wrap, packing the heavier items first with lighter pieces on top. Remember that plates and dishes are packed vertically and not laid flat.

Moving in: Make sure that you (or some other responsible person) is on hand to admit the removal men. If no-one is there and a reasonable waiting time expires, you could find yourself landed with storage and re-delivery charges. Enquire how long the vehicle will wait should you be inadvertently delayed on the way. It can also save time and confusion if you stand at the entrance and specify the location of each item as it is carried in.

Helping the move along: If you follow the guidelines suggested on this page you will find the removal men themselves responding to your good sense with extra efficiency and relaxed good humour. You can also help the move along by remembering to pack the kettle last. A cup of tea all round is a gesture always much appreciated.

Tipping: There is, of course, no obligation to tip the men, but, as with all personal services, people like to reward extra attention, willing good humour or a job well done. If you feel that a reward has been earned, the driver or packer in charge will distribute any gratuity given amongst the crew.

Who to tell

Utility Bills: Gas, Electricity, Water & Telephone
Banks/Building Society: Credit cards, standing orders
Doctors: Dentist, Medical Care & Private health care
Insurance: House, Contents, Car & Life insurance
Your Landlord
Your Tenants
Professional Advisors
: Solicitors, Accountant
 TV Licence
TV Rental
Your Employer
National Insurance/DHSS
Premium Bonds
Post Office:
 Mail Redirection
Local Authority: Removal from electoral register
Insurance Companies: Household insurance, vehicle insurance

Your Personal arrangements

Here are the issues that should be addressed well ahead of time to ensure smooth transition to your new life abroad.

Passports and visas: for yourself and your family
Work permit: if needed
Inoculations: for yourself, your family and your pets
Travel bookings completed
Tickets received
Overseas accommodation booked
International driver’s licence
Traveller’s cheques and currency
Charge cards issued

Overseas banking arrangements / funds transferred
Power of Attorney
Income Tax refund arrangements
Personal accident and medical insurance: for yourself and your family
Insurance for your valuable possessions
Arrange care and transportation of your pets: They hate moving more than humans and so need special attention – see Transfur Animals
Currency transferGlobal Reach

Call: 01322 949 557

Simpsons are a long established and quality approved company operating to British Standards across the UK, for all European, International and Commercial removals

WhatClients Say

Please browse our selection of testimonials from recent house moves, relocations and other services used.

  • Made my move so much easier the boys were very polite got the job done just what you need at a very stressful time Thank you !!!

    Kerry Baker
  • very happy with move The Simpsons team was very efficient in getting the move booked, and in helping me complete all the necessary paperwork. The pick up went smoothly, and communication was very good. The driver and his helper were very friendly and efficient.

    Andrew R

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