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For personal effects, expect 2-4 days customs delays. Full duties applicable on clothing sent to charitable organisations. Used goods are prohibited into South Africa unless an import permit has been granted by the Department of Trade & Industry. Owner (consignee) must be in possession of a South African passport with exit and re-entry stamps in it.

Gifts are subject to duties/vat. Undervalued shipments will be confiscated & sold by South African Customs.

Before sending your parcel to South Africa, please make sure that none of the items in your parcels contravene the restrictions imposed by customs at destination.

Customs website: http://www.sars.gov.za/

Documents Needed

After you have paid for a shipping service to South Africa, you will be redirected to a page where you can download and print out the relevant shipping labels, i.e

AWB (Courier Air Waybills - barcode) - Proforma or Commercial invoice - Address label.

The above documents are standard for any international shipment.

Please note, if additional documentation is required for the import of any particular item, it is the customer's responsibility to provide them at destination.


Goods travelling by 'Cargo' are subject to different restrictions to those travelling as carry-on luggage.

A shipment to South Africa is deemed unacceptable if: it is classified as hazardous material, dangerous goods, prohibited or restricted articles by IATA (International Air Transport Association), ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organisation) or other relevant organisation. Many items which appear harmless in everyday use can pose danger on air transport and are consequently forbidden for transport.

The following page displays a sampling of common prohibited and restricted goods.


Packing Advice

Your parcel must be boxed and well packaged. This will reduce the risk of damage to any item during transit or any associated automated distribution process.

Please be aware the item is not taken by hand from collection to destination and will visit many sorted facilities on its journey. For that reason, you need to protect the items to ensure they make it from A to B safely.

The following packaging guidelines are recommendations to assist you in packaging your shipment:


Shipment Protection

When you book a shipping service to South Africa, you will be able to choose an appropriate level of cover for your shipment. We offer enhanced parcel protection for up to £2000 for a small additional fee.

If you do not purchase enhanced Shipment Protection, your shipment will be only covered to a maximum value of £50 as per the limited liability set out in our Terms & Conditions and subject to your parcel passing minimum packaging requirements.

Please note that the declared value for customs purposes is not related to the declared value selected for Shipment Protection. We encourage all customers to purchase shipment protection cover for loss or damage.

National Holidays

  • 01/01/2024 - New year's day
  • 02/01/2024 - Kaapse klopse
  • 21/03/2024 - Human rights day
  • 27/04/2024 - Freedom day
  • 01/05/2024 - Worker's day
  • 25/05/2024 - Africa day
  • 16/06/2024 - Youth day
  • 18/07/2024 - Nelson mandela`s birthday
  • 09/08/2024 - Women's day
  • 24/09/2024 - Heritage day
  • 17/10/2024 - Family day
  • 16/12/2024 - Day of the vow and reconciliation day
  • 25/12/2024 - Christmas day
  • 26/12/2024 - Day of goodwill


We have a detailed and comprehensive Help Section here. If you cannot find the answer or advice you are looking for there, please use our enquiry form

Example prices for South Africa Parcel Delivery

Kg: 1 5 10 15 20 40

Courier Kg Service Type Transit Time Price
Express Services:Toggle
1kg World Express 3-5 business days *
£ 89.45

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Booking couriers for business and personal deliveries

Whatever field it is that your business works in, if you have important contacts in East London there are bound to be occasions when it's necessary to make a package delivery to East London in order to pursue your interests. It could be that a vital contract has to be signed in person by a representative in East London, or a sales person reports that a vital order has almost been made but that, in order to seal the deal, a sample of your product needs shipping to East London. After all, demonstration is worth a thousand words, and all the product descriptions and glossy photos in the world can't compete with an actual object in the hands of a client you're keen to impress, which is when an East London parcel delivery is the only thing that will do.

We work with the top couriers and negotiate market-leading deals, and for corporate customers organising East London shipping we offer extras such as specific corporate rates, which mean that the more you ship the less you pay per East London delivery, and time-saving features like a bulk uploader and multiple parcel tracking. The same fantastic service is available throughout South Africa, so a delivery to Port Elizabeth or to Pretoria will receive the same premium service. Put simply, when only a parcel delivery to East London will get the job done, RapidParcel.com is the only name worth thinking of.

RapidParcel.com has been shipping with numerous carriers for many years and this experience has given us an exceptional insight into who are the best at delivering on their promises. We have selected only the best to work with and have used our bulk buying power and long-term relationships with them to obtain some exceptional discounts for all of our customers. To see just how affordable it can be to book a carrier to deliver to East London in South Africa today, see the same prices in the table below.

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