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International Car Shipping to South Africa

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When shipping a car to South Africa, you have to decide whether it is a worthwhile endeavor.

To ship a car to South Africa you need to consider the following:

  • The total cost for getting your vehicle shipped to South Africa
  • How much the insurance will be to get your car shipped
  • Choose between RoRo shipping and Container shipping
  • What port taxes will need to be paid
  • What port fees you will need to pay for the transport

Make sure that you’re prepared for the cost and fees that are included in transporting your vehicle.

Door-to-door, port-to-port, however you need it, we tailor our services to your needs. You can reach us 24/7 with and questions or concerns at 888-532-8805.

To protect yourself and your vehicle it’s recommended to take multiple pictures of your vehicle before you ship your car to South Africa. It’s also recommended that you do not put personal belongings in the car, as you can never be too cautious with your belongings.

Shipping Your Car Via RoRo

RoRo (Roll-on Roll-off) shipping is the most common method for shipping vehicles. The vehicle is driven on to a massive ship and parked, strapped down, and blocked to the ship’s deck. The car must be drivable for this process.

Shipping Your Car Via Container

Container shipping is the more expensive method to ship your car international. This method could be right for you if you want to ship multiple vehicles, are moving, or have personal belongings that you want to ship with the car. An itemized list of the belongings in the container must be presented. Your vehicle will be strapped, blocked, and braced to the floor of the container. The container is also loaded before being lifted onto the ship, and unloaded after being lifted off.

Checklist for Car Transport to South Africa

Before shipping your vehicle make sure to have the proper documentation on our checklist below, or call us at 888-532-8805 to speak with one of our shipping experts.

  • The vehicle can have no more than a ¼ tank of gas during shipping
  • If the vehicle was recently purchased, you need the title and a notarized bill of sale showing a zero balance due.
  • If the vehicle is financed you need a lien authorization letter and a copy of the title, with both signed stamped and sealed by the lien holder
  • Shipping a vehicle internationally can take 4-6 weeks. Please speak with one of our experts to discuss your options

Don’t forget to read through and print out our International Car Shipping Checklist!

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Before shipping your vehicle make sure to have the proper documentation on our checklist below, or call us at 888-532-8805 to speak with one of our shipping experts.


The major cities of South Africa:

Cities of South Africa

  • Bloemfontein (Capital)
  • Cape Town (Capital)
  • Durban
  • Johannesburg
  • Kimberley
  • Port Elizabeth
  • Polokwane
  • Pretoria (Capital)
  • Upington

Ship Your Car Now operates from dozens of locations around the US to make the process of shipping your vehicle to South Africa easy for you. Any information you need will be provided to you, and we can be reached at any time to assist with any assistance you may need during the process. Our goal is to make shipping your vehicle completely painless and stress free!


Information about South Africa:

  • Languages – Afrikaans, English, Ndebele, Northern Sotho, Sotho, Swazi, Tswana, Tsonga, Venda, Xhosa and Zulu
  • Capital Cities – Bloemfontein, Cape Town, Pretoria
  • Currency – ZAR (South African Rand)

For more information on South Africa contact us at 888-532-8805 and speak with our international shipping experts today!


The geography of South Africa:

South Africa Topography MapBeing the southernmost region of Africa, South Africa has a long coast line stretching over 1,553 miles (2,500 km) along two oceans. South Africa is also the 25th largest country in the world, at 471,011 square mi (1,219,912 square km).The eastern coastline is well-watered and lush, and has a climate similar to the tropics, whereas in the northwest, along the Namib Desert, the land is flat and dry and lightly populated.


The climate of South Africa:

View of South AfricaWeather for South Africa is typical for those countries located in the southern hemisphere, having the coldest days from July to August. In some places, due to altitude, the temperature drops to freezing and for some even lower.
South African summer runs from mid October to mid February, is hot and sunny, and often comes with afternoon thunder storms that clear quickly.

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