Shipping a Car to South Africa
South Africa is known as the "Fairest Cape of them All". It was a strategic point for vessels on route to India, Asia and surrounding territories. South Africa does not allow the importation of used vehicles as they have their own new vehicle manufacturing plants. Mercedes Benz, BMW, Volkswagen, Toyota etc are all represented there. When used vehicles are permitted entry into South Africa, they have to be classics cars older than 25 years. A special Import Permit is required which can be obtained from the South African Bureau of Standards. No shipping must be done until this has been obtained. If you need us to pick up your car and take it to one of the shipping docks, we can arrange that.
South Africa is commonly used to ship cars by people residing in Botswana, Swaziland, Zimbabwe, Zambia and other neighboring countries. Used vehicles are shipped without an import permit into South Africa. The cars are then transported in Bond to the borders of the neighboring countries where the new owners can pick them up and drive to their homes. There are two main ways to ship a car to South Africa.
1) RoRo - Roll on Roll off
The RoRo car shipping method is most popular when shipping a car to South Africa. As you can see from the picture above, there is plenty of room for an average sized car. The car you are shipping must be able to drive up and down the ramp. It cannot use any mechanical assistance. Once it is aboard the ship, it is blocked and braced to the ships deck so it doesn't slip while the ship is underway. Marine Insurance is available if you want to protect your valuable car from any type of loss or damage.
|Shipping Car to South Africa - Departure Ports:|
|Galveston, TX||Jacksonville, FL|
|Baltimore, MD||Newark, N|
2) Container Shipping
Container Ships are available at higher costs. They depart from all ports in the USA. You can ship multiple cars by using this car shipping method. Unlike RoRo shipping, you can ship your personal items in the car or container. You'll need to make an itemized list along with the values of the items. To find out the rates, click on the big green GET RATES button below.
Use this car shipping method if you are moving items in addition to your vehicle. There is plenty of room to ship large household items like couches and tables.
You can use either shared or full container. With shared container, the other half will be used by someone else. With full container, the container is exclusively for one person.
|Arrival Ports - Shipping Car to South Africa|
|Durban, South Africa
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