The ongoing situation with Covid 19 may cause shipments to South Africa to be delayed. While imports into South Africa have resumed, the country experienced a lengthy lockdown period so there is a large backlog of shipments. Expect long delays when sending items into South Africa.


You (i.e. The person that is booking the shipment) must be in South Africa beforeyour shipment arrives as you are required to clear your goods through customs in person. It is very important to coordinate the date of your shipment with your travel plans to South Africa. You must not consign your belongings to a third party.

If you are making a booking on behalf of someone else, make sure that the shipment is booked under the name of the person to whom the items belong.

When your belongings arrive at their destination, you will be required to produce your original passport as well as a copy of your permanent residence form (or temporary residence permit) and a South African ID card or visa / work permit. You’ll also fill out a number of South African Customs Forms, which will be supplied to you at the destination.

You must upload a copy of your passport details page to your customer portal, aswell as proof of arrival into South Africa, (i.e. passport stamp, flight booking confirmation, copy of boarding pass).


If you are moving to South Africa as a new resident, you are entitled to duty free entry for personal effects (items that have been in your possession for at least six months).

If you are a South African citizen returning to South Africa, having been out of the country for a continuous period of at least 6 months, you are also entitled to duty free entry. An exit stamp and ZA ID number will be required to prove your entitlement to duty free entry.

All shipments of personal items must be accompanied by a detailed inventory list. This must be a detailed, itemised list. South African Customs will not accept general terms on inventory such as ‘household effects’ or ‘kitchen items’. All items need to be itemised in a comprehensive list so it is clear exactly what is being shipped.

Shipments can be sent as a deceased estate / inheritance but there are stricter requirements for South Africa than with other countries and a special application must be made to customs. You must also be able to provide a copy of the relevant death certificate, a copy of the will or a copy of probate from the court. There must also be a supporting declaration from a certified lawyer confirming that the goods are your rightful property. These items must be accompanied by the aforementioned proof that you are a permanent resident of South Africa and a declaration that you are the beneficiary of the will.


At Baggage Hub, we supply a general list of Prohibited and Restricted items as standard, but there are specific rules and restrictions when sending items to South Africa which it’s important to be aware of.

When sending items to South Africa, you must not send animal products (i.e. skins, feathers, furs and tusks) from endangered species. These are strictly prohibited.

Walkie-talkie radios are also prohibited and must not be sent under any circumstances (even children’s toy walkie talkies are prohibited).

We also suggest you avoid sending alcohol. Wines, spirits and beer all require a liquor removal certificate and an import permit from the Director of Imports and Exports in Pretoria. This would need to be in place prior to shipping and full duties and tax will be payable based on the alcohol content.

Firearms should also not be packed. Many carriers simply will not accept them, while South African customs will require a South African Police Firearm Registrar Certificate and import permit (issued by the local police authority at destination).

Please make sure you review the prohibited items document here [ Restricted Items ]. You willbe required to digitally sign this list within the customer portal to confirm you understand what else not to pack.



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