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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


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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

If you’re shipping to Port Elizabeth you’ll have many things to bear in mind when making your choice of courier. You’ll want to be certain your precious cargo will be handled as carefully as if you were taking it there yourself; you’ll be keen to ensure that you don’t pay any more than is necessary; and you’ll hope that the whole experience is shaped around convenience and user-friendliness. If you entrust us with your parcel delivery to Port Elizabeth, you can be confident that we’ll be as keen as you are to make sure that all these points are adhered to.

Port Elizabeth, one of the largest cities in South Africa, is nicknamed ‘The Friendly City’, and is one of the country’s major seaports. Its miles of beaches bring tourists flocking to enjoy the likes of game fishing, scuba diving, windsurfing, kiteboarding and surfing, activities which, alongside the presence of historic buildings such as Fort Frederick and the nearby Addo Elephant Park, bring visitors aplenty.

It’s not all fun and games, however… Port Elizabeth is also the home of South Africa’s car industry, boasting assembly plants run by Volkswagen, General Motors, Continental Tyres and Ford, amongst many others. This combination of work and play, tourism and manufacturing, means that the demand for shipping to Port Elizabeth is high. Of course, you don’t have to be involved in any of the above to need a parcel delivering to Port Elizabeth. You may have a gift that needs shipping there, a birthday present for a family member far from home or an anniversary present for a loved one working away on business. If, however, your business does work with partners or clients in this city you’ll want only the best couriers to handle your package delivery to Port Elizabeth.

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Although you always want to know that your package will be shipped for a competitive price, and you’ll also appreciate the knowledge that the latest technological advances, such as comprehensive tracking, are at your service, there are times when the greatest importance lies in the speed with which your parcel delivery is handled. We realise this and that’s why, when you’re shipping to Port Elizabeth, we offer you the fastest possible delivery service. We offer this premium service without charging a premium price and without compromising on the level of care you’ll come to expect from RapidParcel.com. And it’s an offer which extends to the rest of South Africa; it may be a Pretoria package delivery that has to be there as soon as possible, or a parcel delivery to Durban for a very important birthday. Whatever your requirements, you can be certain that RapidParcel.com will meet them.

All you need to do to gain access to the prices and services from the very best couriers in the business is to complete our Rapid Quote form with a few basic details. Then all you need to do is to select the service that best suits your shipping needs. It really is as simple as that.

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