Moving to Africa

Are you and your household preparing to move to Africa? The team at Transworld offers a door-to-door service that takes care of your every shipping need, so you can focus on getting ready to for life in Africa.

Our team are experts when it comes to shipping households to their new home.

We are experienced in relocating individuals and families from New Zealand to South Africa along with other destinations throughout Africa.

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Shipping Your Personal Belongs: Your Options

When relocating to Africa, you have a few shipping options to choose from. Ask yourself the following questions to make sure you’re getting the best service for you and your family.

How much do you want to take?   /  What's your budget?   /  How fast do you want your goods to arrive?


FCL: For moving an entire household

Our FCL (Full Container Load) option is best for those moving to Africa with a whole household’s worth of belongings. You get a whole container for you and your family’s items, which means you don’t have to wait for anybody else’s freight.

This makes our FCL option a fast and efficient way of shipping your possessions. Once it has been loaded and checked, it will get on its way to wherever you will be living in Africa.

Key benefits:

  • Bigger capacity: you can fit your whole household into one of our containers.
  • Speedy shipping: with only your items to get loaded and checked, FCL is the fastest way to transport goods. Once they’re loaded, they can get on their way to your African destination.
  • Shipping to any location
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Groupage: for when you can share the load

Our groupage option is suitable for those relocating to Africa with less possessions. It’s our most affordable option, as it allows you to share a container load with other people also moving to Africa.

This service takes longer than our other options because shipping is delayed until the container is full.

Key benefits:

  • Cost effective: Our Groupage option is the most economical choice when moving to Africa, as you’re sharing the load with others.
  • Space efficiency: Only pay for the amount of space you use.
  • We ship to everywhere in Africa: Door-to-door service, wherever you’re going to live.
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Air Freight: when you need urgent shipping

For those who need to ship a few belongings urgently as part of their move to Africa, our Air Freight option is the best. As our most expensive shipping method, it’s great for those last-minute personal items you just can’t do without.

Key benefits:

  • Speed: This is the fasted way to get your belongings to Africa.
  • Good for emergency items: the best way to get those last few things you can’t do without.
  • We ship to all locations: We’ll get your things delivered to your door, wherever you are planning to live in Africa.
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Why You Should Choose Transworld

The Transworld team is here to make your move to Africa smooth and seamless

We take care of all the details involved in relocating to Africa with our door to door service.  We’re with you every step of the way, from packing your items to managing shipping and customs, to safely delivering them to your door at your African destination.

You’ll also have a dedicated team member on-hand throughout the process to answer your queries, keeping you informed and making sure your items arrive safe and secure at their destination.

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Below are some common questions and answers for those planning a move to South Africa.

FCL: Once your container is packed and shipped, your belongings will take approximately 8-9 weeks to arrive in South Africa.

Groupage: Our groupage option will see your items take around 12-16 weeks to arrive in South Africa.

Air Freight: This option will get your items to you in South Africa in approximately 2-3 weeks.

Those wishing to import their firearms or weapons must have an import permit, and all firearms are subject to inspection by customs.

Wanting to bring the family pet with you when you move to South Africa? The Transworld team can help you organise your pet transport, providing you with all the necessary paperwork.

With New Zealand being such a low-risk for disease, bringing your pet into South Africa is relatively straightforward, but there are some requirements. With the correct paperwork, cats and dogs (and most other pets) will not be subject to quarantine.

To be eligible for importing:

  • All dogs and cats entering South Africa must be microchipped with a 15 digit ISO pet microchip.
  • South Africa requires an application for import for entry (apply well ahead of time).
  • Within 30 days of entering South Africa, dogs must be tested by OIE-approved methods for the following diseases: Brucella canis, Trypanosoma evansi, Babesia gibsoni, Dirofilaria immitis and Leishmania.
  • Within 10 days of entry, a licensed veterinarian must complete the Veterinary Certificate for South Africa.
  • Other pets such as birds and rodents may have to meet other requirements and should have a health certificate to enter South Africa.

You can bring your car or motorbike into South Africa, but the process is relatively complicated.  Contact Transworld and our sales staff will assist and advise you on what is required for your particular situation.

Our Transworld team are experts when it comes to South African customs. As a part of our door-to-door service, we’ll guide you through every step of the process as you move to South Africa.

Our team understand what’s involved in shipping your household to South Africa and can prepare you accordingly. To make it even easier, quarantine is not required when relocating your belongings to South Africa.

We take care of:

  • Giving you the necessary South African customs forms.
  • Compiling an inventory of all packed items for use in customs.

What you need to do:

  • Make sure your Passport, Residency Document and Visa are all up to date.
  • Be aware that custom clearance takes an average of 7 to 10 working days from the date of presentation of documents, and can only occur once you are in the country.

When relocating to South Africa, there are certain rules and regulations regarding what you can bring into the country. All used household items can be imported free of tax. New personal items will be charged.

Alcohol is subject to tax which means you must draw up a complete list of the liquor you’re importing, noting the alcohol percentage, label names and values.

Some prohibited items include:

  • Counterfeit goods
  • Pornographic material
  • Honey, meat and meat products
  • Narcotic drugs
  • Certain medicines
  • Certain feathers, furs, skins and tusks of protected species