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Are you planning a move to South Africa?
From Johannesburg or Cape Town to Durban or Pretoria, there are lots of wonderful places to move to in this multi-cultural society. There’s stunning scenery, from deserts and beaches to forests and thriving cities, and everything in between. The culture, wildlife, a pleasant climate and relatively low living costs can all help to make South Africa an appealing place to relocate to.
Whatever your reason for making the move to South Africa, we’re here to help every step of the way.
How do you move from the UK to South Africa?
Our team of removals experts can offer advice and expertise on how to make your move to South Africa stress free, as you plan the next step in your life.
How can McCarthy’s help me move to South Africa?
Shipping from the UK to South Africa
You will need to decide whether you want to use groupage (shared) container shipping or if you want to have your own dedicated container. This usually depends on the amount of stuff you have to move – but having your own container is also quicker.
A Full Container Load is, as suggested, a container you have available to fill entirely with your own contents. It would be a sensible choice if you are moving an entire houseful of items, although the containers can vary in size from 20ft to 40ft. It would be likely to take between three to six weeks to reach South Africa.
A Shared/Groupage/Part Load Container is where you share a shipping container with other people also transporting to the same destination. It’s a more cost effective way to transport your belongings – and would be more suitable if you had smaller amounts to transport. A shared container will take slightly longer to arrive in South Africa – probably somewhere between six to 10 weeks.
These timings are all subject to change based on customs or immigration delays and can also be affected by the weather.
All shipped items will be subject to customs checks for which additional time will need to be factored in – usually seven to ten days, but this can vary depending on how busy it is. Items are then delivered by removal van to your final destination.
You should be allowed to ship the majority of household goods and personal effects duty free, provided they have been owned and used for at least 12 months prior to your move.
Packing my items to move to South Africa
Can I move a pet to South Africa?
Can I move my car to South Africa?
Is there anything I can’t move to South Africa?
All items should be thoroughly cleaned prior to transportation to minimise the risk of introducing any pests or diseases into the country. Pay particular attention to outdoor items such as garden furniture and bikes.
We have over 50 years’ experience in international moves and throughout that time we have built up a range of skills and knowledge that will help to make your overseas move a complete success.
As one of the leading business relocation services in the North of England, McCarthy’s Business Moving & Storage is your guarantee of getting the job done on brief, on budget and most importantly, on time.
Why Choose McCarthy's Removals & Storage?
For over 50 years we have been providing high quality removals and storage services to the people of Yorkshire. The little things matter to us and since becoming the UKs first Removal company to become an Employee Owned Trust in 2021, we all have a stake in looking after our customers to ensure continued success for our business.
McCarthy’s are members of the British Association of Removers (B.A.R), awarded with both the British Standards Quality BSEN: 12522 and 8522, which recognises quality removal services.
You would obviously be concerned if your chosen remover suffered financial failure before your moving date. BAR members provide an Advanced Payment Guarantee to their customers. All BAR members are financially vetted and provide the safety net of an APG scheme.
Our experienced move coordinators look after you from your initial enquiry, right through to the removal day itself. Please feel free to give them a call!
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