Africa is the second largest continent & home to hundreds of expats from all over the world. We have been successfully moving expats to Egypt, Ghana, South Africa and many more places. We ensure professional & efficient moving services to make your relocation to Africa hassle-free!

What You Need to Know About Moving to Africa

Whether it is your work commitments, or your personal dream that has motivated you to move to Africa, we will help you make your move! Just tell us the city you want to move to & the rest is on us. Our services are available in Egypt, Ghana, Johannesburg, Capetown and many more places. We have a team of experienced moving professionals to aasure you an efficient and smooth relocation to Africa.

Required Documents
  • Original passport (including page with entry stamp)

  • Original bill of lading (OBL) / express or telex release / (copy of) air waybill (AWB)

  • Detailed inventory

  • Permanent residence documents / temporary residence permit / work permit

  • Affidavit (returning citizens only)

  • Customs form DA 304 and P.1.160

  • Diplomatic clearance (diplomats)

  • Certificate from Embassy signed by South African Department of Foreign Affairs (diplomats)

Specific Information
  • The owner of the goods must possess required documents and forward a copy to agent prior to import.

  • The owner of the goods must be present for Customs clearance.

  • The shipment of household items, new furniture, and precious metal objects are treated as a commercial import and subject to the payment of full duties.

  • Works of art forming a part of a bona fide household shipment or are over 100 years old may be imported duty free.

  • The articles in use and possession for more than 12 months and are not for sale or other disposal may be imported duty free.

  • Returning residents must have been abroad for a period of at least 6 consecutive months.

  • Diplomats may import items duty free.

  • Embassy will require the copy of detailed inventory and copy of OBL/AWB before diplomats can apply for the Certificate A or B

  • Affidavit must state the reason for arrival in to South Africa (returning citizens).

Required Documents
  • Customs form DA 304/A (for automobiles / motorcycles)

  • Vehicle registration (for automobiles / motorcycles)

  • Original bill of lading (OBL) / express or telex release / (copy of) air waybill (AWB) (for automobiles / motorcycles)

  • Document showing that vehicle has been in the owner of the goods’ use and possessions abroad for more than 12 months prior to the importation of the vehicle (e.g., original purchase invoice, insurance certificate, etc.).

  • Valuation certificate (3 copies)

  • Import permit

  • Letter of authority (LOA) issued by the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) in Pretoria (must be submitted at the time of clearance)

Specific Information
  • No left-hand drive motor vehicles can be imported if registered on or after January 1, 2000.

  • The owner of the goods must be in possession of the import permit and letter of authority prior to the arrival of any motor vehicles, motorbikes, motor scooters, or motorcycles (anything motorized); delays related to the permit may result in demurrage charges (also applies to diplomats).

  • All motor cars, motor bikes, scooters, or any other motorized vehicles are subject to Customs exam

  • The owner of the goods must be in the country at least 10 business days prior to arrival of an ocean vessel.

  • A faxed copy of the letter of authority and the import permit must be received by the agent to avoid a delay of Customs clearance (originals required after owner arrives)

  • Motorized vehicles should not be shipped until transferee has proven possession of all required documents to Customs and has received written permission for import.

  • Temporary residents must pay in cash.

  • Vehicles cannot be sold for at least 2 years after the date of importation.

  • The rate of value added tax (VAT) is assessed on the import value of the vehicle.

  • A fee is payable to the South Africa Bureau of Standards.

  • Incomplete or missing documents may result in the detainment or destruction of the shipment.

  • Returning residents must pay full duties and taxes.

  • Temporary residents must provide a Customs bond to cover full duties / taxes.

  • Foreign diplomats pay no duties or taxes, subject to provisions of the diplomatic clearance certificate, and proof of value.

Required Documents
  • Rabies vaccination certificate

  • Veterinary health certificate

  • Import permit

Specific Information
  • An import permit may be granted after the owner of the goods has made arrangements for the period of quarantine required for pets travelling from most, but not all countries; check with agent.

  • Call agent for restrictions on the import of live animals.

Required Documents
  • Copy of death certificate

  • Copy of will of deceased or certified relevant extract, or copy of Probate from the court if the deceased died intestate; English translation required.

  • Inventory with lawyer’s declaration that the imported goods are the legatee’s rightful share of the estate

  • South Africa Bureau of Standards Letter of Authority in Pretoria (not applicable for second-hand household effects unless motorized vehicles)

  • Import permit (not applicable for second-hand household effects unless motorized vehicles)

  • Declaration from the Legatee confirming permanent residency in South Africa and the right to share of the estate

Specific Information
  • An inventory is required only if the copy of the deceased’s will or other document does not specifically detail the goods to be imported.

  • Items of inheritance may be imported duty free if the legatee is permanently residing in South Africa.

  • Duty is payable on inherited motor cars, motorcycles, and mopeds.

  • Goods should not be shipped until Customs has authorized duty-free entry.

Required Documents
  • Invoice

  • Import permit if requested by Customs (applies to second-hand goods)

Specific Information
  • Items are subject to the payment of duties.

Local currency of over $10,000; gold coins, coin and stamp collections and unprocessed gold must be declared.

Endangered species of plants or wildlife, alive or dead, including parts and articles made from them (require CITES permit)

Animal and animal byproducts

Medicines for personal use (note from physician and prescription required)

Cigarettes (200), cigars (20), tobacco (250g)

Perfume (50 ml)

Eau de toilette (250ml)

Goods for personal use

Wine / liquor / alcohol- Import permit and liquor removal certificate required.

Dangerous goods / firearms – Import permit and South African Police Firearm Registrar Certificate SAP 312 are required.


Illegal drugs

Plants and vegetable products

Pornographic books and magazines

Walkie-talkies and radios (may include other prohibited communication devices)

Animal products (certain feathers, furs, skins, tusks, or animals identified under protected specifies regulations)

How APAC Relocation Can Help You

APAC relocation owns a strong network of resources and can manage customs, quarantine, freight services, insurance etc. for its clients. We have a team of experienced moving professionals to aasure you safe & stress-free relocation to Africa from Singapore. Our expert moving consultants offer you complete relocation assistance from start to finish.


We have helped thousands of expats to successfully move to Africa every year

Just tell us the city you're moving to and we our expert moving crew will do the work for you. We have a flawless management to ensure that clients get nothing but the best relocation services.Whether you want to move with family or without family, our relocation service will help in settling in the new land with ease. We offer a range of packing options and shipment mode options (Air-Freight, LCL (Less than Container) shipments, FCL (Full Container) shipments, Groupage/shared shipping, and Excess baggage services) according to your requirement and budget.

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