Baggage Shipping to South Africa
Important South Africa Customs Information
As Standard there is a 3 day customs clearance delay for Personal Effects, South African Nationals must be in possession of a ZA passport and must be able to show exit and re-entry stamps in it.
Foreign nationals will need to provide a copy of their passport, and airline ticket/boarding card.
Clothes sent to charities will be treated as commercial with duty and taxes applicable.
General Customs Information
Most countries offer a generous duty free allowance for personal effects and the majority of Send My Bag™ shipments worldwide will not be stopped by customs.
Personal effects are usually assessed as used items which have been in the sender's possession for 6 months or more. If your bag is checked by customs and is found to contain brand new or commercial items your shipment may be assessed for customs duties and taxes. If you are sending Christmas gifts please check with the destination country, follow their advice and attach all necessary documentation.
Customs processes and allowances do vary by country and as such we advise all travellers take 5 minutes to check how their personal circumstances and what they are sending will be assessed under the prevailing customs regulations of the destination.
When a bag is stopped by customs for any reason (missing documentation, prohibited contents, commercial contents or further information required) Send My Bag™ records how long customs hold it for. Our historical statistics for this route indicate that if the customs authority stops your bag they will on average take 6 days to process it and release it back to us for delivery.
More information is available in on our customs information page.
In order to demonstrate your shipment is personal effects you will be required to complete a brief non generic packing list online, entries to be made in the format: "5 x Cotton T-Shirts, 2 x Jeans, 3 x Cotton Shirt" and so on rather than as "10 x Used Clothing".
What can I send to South Africa? What items are restricted?
With Send My Bag™ you can travel with almost everything you would normally find in a vacation suitcase. For security and customs reasons, however, certain items are prohibited. Please find these listed below.
- Aerosols or any other pressurised containers;
- Liquids, Pastes and Gels of any type (including nail varnish and perfume);
- Toner Cartridges;
- Animals and Animal products;
- Firearms and firearm parts, ammunition, explosives, weapons (including imitations of same);
- Dangerous / hazardous goods;
- Flowers and plant products;
- Human remains or ashes;
- Illegal or restricted goods;
- Medical samples;
- Items that require a temperature controlled environment;
- Prescription drugs and pharmaceutical products;
- Religious Artefacts
- Foodstuffs, perishable food articles and beverages including, but not limited to: Wine, Beer, Spirits and Champagne; or
- Packages that are wet, leaking or emit an odour of any kind;
- Valuables and high value items including but not limited to antiques, paintings, jewellery, precious stones;
- Cash or other forms of tradeable currency;
- Irreplaceable items.
More information is available under section 11 of our terms of service.
In addition to the above when sending to South Africa we prohibit the sending of:
- Precious Metals & Stones.
Items excluded from cover
The following items will be accepted but are sent at your risk and are not included under complimentary cover:
- Electrical Items, including but not limited to; Tablets, Cell Phones, Computers, Hi-Fis, TVs.
- Glass & Porcelain.
- Any other non standard excess baggage items.
If you choose to send any of the above please ensure you package the item appropriately, for example a TV inside a suitcase is not appropriate.
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The Republic of South Africa is located on the very southern tip of the African continent with a long coastline of just less than 2000 miles and surrounded on its northern borders by Namibia, Zimbabwe and Botswana, with Mozambique and Swaziland on its east and with the country of Lesotho enclosed within its borders. Due to being a hugely diverse region with a multi-ethnic culture, South Africa has a total of 11 official languages. Two are European based; English, which is used in public and commercial life but only the fourth most spoken first language, and Afrikaans which originates from Dutch. This is in addition to 9 Bantu languages from ethnic groups of black African ancestry. The currency used is the South African Rand. The climate is generally subtropical and the region is famed for its long hours of sun and dry days with little rainfall. The interior of the country is on a high plateau which keeps it cooler than other areas on the same latitude, with summer temperatures staying generally below 86F. The coasts are the warmest in winter, but there is a marked difference in the temperatures of the east and west with the warm Agulhas and the cold Benguela currents sweeping across them.
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WHY SHIP TO SOUTH AFRICA
Whether you’re staying in one of the buzzing cosmopolitan cities such as Johannesburg or Cape Town, you’re taking a break on the coast, exploring on safari, or packing all of the above into one holiday, South Africa is the place you can do whatever you want in beautiful weather. You may find, though, that once you’ve planned all the activities you need to do, and all the sights you want to see, that your trip is going to have to be longer than expected. The only issue with this is that your cases are going to be packed to breaking point, and that’s not even to mention all the souvenirs you’ll want to bring home. SendMyBag offers a simple and reliable service to get your bags from point A to point B quickly, at an affordable price and with no hassle for you or us. Airlines are charging huge excess baggage fees nowadays if your bag is only a kilo or two overweight, and these charges are putting people off travelling where they want to go for as long as they want to. But by using our service, we can get your bags from your home to your destination, even if it’s in the middle of a safari game reserve on the Garden Route or just in Cape Town, for a smaller price and at your convenience.
When shipping to South Africa, there are a few extra pieces of information that you need to pay attention to and a couple of things you need to fill in to send with your luggage when shipping with SendMyBag. There are certain items which we do not allow you to send in your shipment; these include money, tobacco, illegal items such as guns, liquids, gels, aerosols and pastes. South Africa also does not allow the import of furs, antiques, jewellery or any precious metals and stones. The huge majority of SendMyBag shipments will pass through customs without any issue whatsoever, so there will be no delays or extra fees, since most countries allow a generous duty free allowance. It is up to you, though, to ensure that what you are sending will make it through customs, problem free. We will guide you through an online form detailing your personal effects with a packing list including how long you have owned the items you are sending to prove that they are not intended for resale. South Africa has a standard 3 day clearance for customs. Foreign nationals will need to provide a copy of their passport as well as airline tickets or boarding passes with their luggage. South African nationals will need to display a ZA passport with exit and re-entry stamps. In addition to this, any clothes sent to charitable organizations will be treated as commercial, so duties will apply.