Shipping to South Africa from Dubai

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Shipping from Dubai to South Africa

South Africa, offers an active outdoor lifestyle and a wonderful climate in a diverse country of spectacular beauty. However, whether you are shipping from Dubai to South Africa for the first time, or returning home as a South African citizen. Relocating can be a daunting experience and the upheaval of changing Jobs/Lifestyle/Location can be stressful.

What should I prioritise when moving from the UAE to South Africa?

When should I start obtaining quotes for my relocation to SA?

We would strongly suggest you start obtaining quotes for shipping to South Africa at least 2-3 months before your target move date.

This should provide time to consider your quotations, formally advise the shipping company you have chosen and importantly, secure your preferred moving dates.

Also, this allows enough time to finalise your visa/travel/shipping documents and all the other formalities you have to contend with before your move. This is likely to take more time than you anticipate.


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Documentation requirements for shipping to South Africa from Dubai

  • Original passport
  • Detailed packing list
  • Customs form DA 304 and P.1.160
  • Permanent residence documents/temporary residence permit/work permit
  • Affidavit (applies to returning SA citizens only)
  • Bill of lading/Air Waybill

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What is the cost of moving to South Africa from Dubai?

The cost of relocating from Dubai to South Africa depends on a few factors. The most important factor is the volume of furniture. Generally speaking the more furniture you include in your move, the higher the cost. 

Secondly is the Mode of shipping you choose. 

You can choose to move your items in your own shipping container, or if you’re moving only a few items and only a small amount of furniture you could choose a shared container.

This is known as “Groupage” in the moving industry. Of course, sharing a container, or Groupage, is likely more cost-effective than a dedicated container. However, the compromise you make is shipping times can be a little longer.

Approximate shipping cost options to South Africa are as follows:

Full Container (20ft / 40ft) – Starting from AED 15,000 AED

Groupage (Shared Container) – Starting from AED 700/CBM

LCL (Less than a container load) – Starting from AED 950/CBM

Air (Quickest, Most Expensive) – Starting from AED 35/KG

This is, as mentioned, a general guide, however, you can click here to obtain competitive, up to date quotes, from reputable movers.

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Shipping to South Africa from UAE

How long does it take to ship my goods to South Africa?

When estimating how long shipping from Dubai to South Africa takes, we have to consider the mode the goods would be travelling in. Air is the quickest and Sea is the slowest. 

Approximate transit times

Air Shipment – (3-4 Days)

Sole Container by Sea – (25 – 35 Days)

Part Container by Sea – (45 – 60 Days)

Another consideration when estimating time-frame is processing the shipment and customs clearance in Dubai and in South Africa. We would allow up to 1 week at both ends. (Airfreight should take a couple of days at both ends).

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How do I start the process of getting quotes?

Complete our simple form telling us your moving requirements. The form is instantly submitted to reputable shippers in Dubai who will immediately start work on a competitive quotation

Shippers may make contact with you based on your requirements, then simply select the quote that best suits your needs!

If you want a more in-depth guide on other moving-related topics we would suggest you read the Ultimate Guide! Moving to South Africa.