Regelgeving verhuizen naar Zuid-Afrika


  • Original Passport or certified copy of every page (except for Cape Town South Africa)
  • Residence Visa
  • Residence Permit
  • Work Permit (temporary Work Permit for temporary residents)
  • Customs Forms D.A. 304 and P1. 160 (three copies) must be presented to the Department of Customs
  • Settler’s Declaration Forms (three copies) to be completed upon arrival
  • Letter from employer verifying that customer is moving to South Africa on contract
  • Detailed inventory, in English (“PBO” – packed by owner and “misc.” – miscellaneous not acceptable)
  • Keys for any locked items
  • Weights and measures must be same on all shipping documents

All necessary documents must be in Destination Agent’s possession at least seven days before vessel’s arrival. A consultation with the Destination Agent is recommended before above documents are completed.


  • All personal effects are subject to inspection by Customs
  • Temporary residents will be allowed to import used household goods and personal effects duty-free if:
    • They are in possession of a valid temporary Work Permit
    • Goods have been in their possession for at least one year prior to import
    • Work Permit is valid for more than six months
  • Returning residents may import personal effects and household goods duty-free if:
    • Customer has been out of South Africa for a continuous period of at least six months
    • Customer’s Work Permit is valid for more than six months
  • Foreign diplomats qualify for duty-free import with:
    • Detailed inventory
    • A diplomatic clearance certificate completed and signed by the embassy or consulate in South Africa and countersigned by the Department of Foreign Affairs
  • “The Ad Valorem” wharfage, terminal, and examination fees are payable by owner on all shipments at destination and are additional to door-to-door charges


  • Drugs and narcotics
  • Pornographic or objectionable materials
  • Plants, seeds, bulbs
  • Raw cotton
  • Uncooked meat and poultry
  • Honey, beeswax, bees, bee eggs or larvae, and used beehive appliances
  • Uncut diamonds
  • Unwrought gold
  • Ammunition


  • Perfume and tobacco products
  • New items, including new furniture, are subject to duties and taxes
  • Alcohol is dutiable and taxable
    • Import Permit and special Removal Certificate required
    • Must be easily accessible in container
    • A list of the quantity and value must be provided
  • Firearms
    • Require an Import Permit, Form SAP311, D.A.304 and P1.160 (three copies)
    • There is no guarantee that the Import Permit will be granted by the authorities, customers must obtain the Import Permit prior to their move to prevent the possibility of the entire shipment being denied entry into South Africa
    • A SAP312 will be issued by Customs, allowing the importer 60 days to officially license the firearm with the South African police
    • Firearms are subject to 100 percent inspection and must be easily accessible in the container
  • Inherited goods
    • May be imported duty-free provided the inheritor is in possession of a certified copy of the Last Will and Testament and a copy of the Death Certificate stating the specific items are bequeathed
    • An Import Permit is also required
  • Antiques
    • An Import Permit is required
    • Antique Dealer’s Certificate required


  • No left-hand drive vehicles, new or used, purchased after January 1, 2000 are permitted for importation
    • One auto per family which has been owned and used for at least one year prior to importation may be imported duty-free, but VAT of 14 percent is applicable
    • Special Import Permit (four copies) must be obtained from the South African Embassy in country of origin or from the Department of Home Affairs in South Africa
    • Once imported, the auto cannot be sold or otherwise disposed of for two years
    • Import Permit required
    • Original Passport required
    • Compliance Certificate/Letter of Authority required
    • The auto must be owned and used for a minimum period of 12 months prior to export from origin
    • The owner of the auto must have been out of South Africa for a minimum continuous period of 12 months
    • Full duties and taxes apply unless owner can prove that when they originally left South Africa, they had no intention of ever returning
    • Import Permit must be obtained from the Import and Export Control
    • Compliance Certificate/Letter of Authority required
    • Payment covering full duties and taxes must be lodged with South African Customs, which is refundable at time of departure from South Africa
    • Valid Temporary Permit is required
    • Import Permit not applicable
    • Compliance Certificate/Letter of Authority required
    • Diplomatic Certificate required
    • No duties or taxes apply
  • Documents required:
    • Original Purchase Invoice
    • Original Registration Certificate
    • Forms D.A. 304A and P1.160 required (three copies)
    • Passport
    • Import Permit
    • Temporary License


  • Import Permit and Veterinary Certificate required
  • Quarantine may be required
  • Rabies vaccination required 30 days prior to departure

NOTE – Customs regulations are subject to change at any time. The proceeding information is a brief summary of customs regulations applicable to household goods shipments to this destination and is being provided for general guidance to assist our Agents and customers. Since such regulations are subject to change without notice, we cannot be held liable for any costs, damage, delays, or other detrimental events resulting from non-compliance. Always double check with your local embassy or consulate.