Reliable Personal Effects Shipping from the UK to South Africa with 1st Move International

1st Move International has been a leader in personal effects shipping to South Africa for over 25 years, helping thousands relocate or send their personal effects from the UK.

Our service covers a wide range of personal effects, from clothing to small valuables and larger appliances, all packed with the utmost care. Our efficient weekly shipping schedule ensures your personal effects arrive promptly and securely.

From our Bristol office, we coordinate nationwide collection services, focusing on making your personal effects shipping to South Africa as smooth and worry-free as possible. Our team is ready to assist with your shipping needs.

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Weekly Shipping

Avoid the delays and get there faster! Our unique packing systems allow us to ship weekly by sharing containers with commercial exporting companies.

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Unbeatable Packing

Our shrinkwrap packing stops the handling of individual items to ensure a Zero Touch delivery. This also reduces the risks of damage and improves the security of your goods.

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Accurate Billing

Each pallet is measured exactly after packing to ensure clear and accurate billing for your move abroad.

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Why Shipping to South Africa is Best with 1st Move International

Looking to move to South Africa? Consider the advantages with 1st Move International. As a major player in the UK's overseas removals landscape, we bring unique benefits to your relocation.

Our exclusive palletising and packing technique ensures the safety and speedy dispatch of your personal effects, bypassing the delays of mixed cargo shipments.

Our method allows for precise measurement of your shipment, meaning we charge you based on the real size of your goods, not on estimates.

Membership in the British Association of Removers (BAR) underlines our commitment to quality, with annual audits ensuring a high standard of service for your move to South Africa.

Our excellent customer service is highlighted by the reviews from our satisfied customers on TrustPilot, reflecting our dedication to your moving experience.

FAQ for Personal Effects Shipping to South Africa

Continue reading for Frequently Asked Questions and important information about shipping personal effects overseas from the UK to South Africa.

If you book your personal effects shipment to the South Africa with 1st Move International, we can offer you peace of mind with 3 levels of shipping insurance from specialist removals insurance brokers Basil Fry and Company.

Our flexible insurance policies allow you to cover only those items that you want to, not just your whole shipment. This means that you can choose to cover only the most valuable items.

For more details take a look at our shipping insurance page, or feel free to give us a call.

The cost of shipping your personal effects to South Africa is dependent on many factors, including the size of your shipment, collection and delivery point. Where we are different from other removals companies, is that we can offer a door to door service to most destinations including South Africa.

We can even include the cost of unpacking and removal of any packing materials, so if this is the service that you would like please let us know at the time of quoting. This means that you can prepay your freight costs and this is one less thing for you to worry about.

As a guide, for our LCL shared container service, freight prices from port to port are from £992, and for our FCL dedicated container service freight prices are from £1,550 for a 20’ container or £2,450 for a 40’ container.

Costs do vary however, so we recommend that you send us your details and we can arrange a quotation based on your own specific requirements. The quotation is free with no obligations.

It couldn’t be simpler to get a quotation on your personal effects shipment to South Africa with 1st Move International. All we need are a few details, and we can give you a door to door price, or if you would prefer to collect your shipment in South Africa we can quote you on that basis.

Please fill out our quotation form, and our expert international removals pricing team will be able to give you a cost based on your own specific requirements.

Remember though, once your shipment is fully packed we will measure it exactly, so you will only pay for the size of your actual shipment even if it is much less than we have quoted for!

Because 1st Move International uses commercial LCL shipping services, we are able to give you published schedules to let you know when we are shipping to South Africa. Once your personal effects shipment is packed and all documentation is in place, we book onto the next available booked vessel to the port in South Africa.

For the latest shipping schedules for South Africa then you can go over to our International Container Shipping Schedule page of our website. This shows you the port to port transit time, but for confirmation of the expected door to door transit time please give us a call and we can give you the dates based on your specific requirements.

Other International Removals companies can give you similar port to port transit times but they won’t be able to give you an indication of when your personal effects shipment will leave the UK. Their groupage/shared container services operate differently to 1st Move International. Ask them when your personal effects shipment is likely to ship from the UK.

Popular Destinations for Shipping Personal Effects to South Africa

We ship personal effects to the whole of South Africa, so whatever your destination, we've got you covered. Some of the most popular destinations for shipping personal effects to South Africa include: Cape Town, Durban, Johannesburg, Pretoria, Port Elizabeth, East London and Soweto..

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Your Pallets Packed - Posted Live on Facebook

Your life, carefully wrapped, beautifully packed, and protected for the journey ahead.

We are extremely proud of our unique packing process. We are the only international removals company in the UK that uses this tried and tested method to ship your treasured personal possessions overseas.

This is our craft - lives packed with care and attention for their journey overseas. Visit our Facebook page to find a snapshot of each shipment captured as the final pallet is wrapped.

We're proud to post these images, showcasing our removals team's passion and skill. Your personal effects are in the very best hands and are now destined for new adventures abroad.

Come and have a look.