Container Shipping to South Africa

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International Container Shipping to South Africa

When shipping your goods to another country, you'll want to import them economically. Get here all required information about rates and shipping services to help you make your container shipping process as easy as possible. Look through the information on free trade zones, customs requirements and rates on shipping your containers to South Africa.

Import your container freight to main ports and cities in South Africa: Capetown, Durban, East Rand, Johannesburg, Pretoria.

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South Africa has been a WTO member since 1 January 1995.

The following documents are required to import goods into South Africa: bill of lading/air waybill/ road hauliers certificate; commercial invoice; customs worksheet; bill of entry; certificate of origin; packing declaration; insurance documents; phytosanitary certificate; veterinary health certificate; fumigation certificate; inspection certificate; quality certificate; import permit.

Strict terms must be complied with before labeling any parts of agricultural products that may be sold in South Africa. These are calculating, labeling and quantity fixing requirements for prior packing. It also includes general rules for goods delivery and sales, voluntary classification and labeling requirement for sheep, cows, pigs, goats sold in South Africa as well as grading, packing labeling requirements for sorghum syrup.

Free Trade Zones

No Free Trade Zones or Free Ports are established in South Africa. Bonded warehouses are available at various points of entry.

When thinking of using FCL shipping option (20' and 40' containers), you should keep in mind the following advantages:
1) The container volume is all at your disposal;
2) You don't have to have to wait for your order being consolidated with other orders shipped to the same destination;
3) Mind that your goods will stay in the container from the time of loading in the origin port to the time of unloading at the destination.

Check out the estimated costs on importing your commodities from United States to the ports in South Africa:

  20’ Container 40’ Container  Transit Time
 East Coast - Durban $1,953.00 $2,809.00 34
 West Coast - Durban $2,961.25 $4,046.53 46
 East Coast - Port Elizabeth $2,327.00 $2,809.00 34
 West Coast - Port Elizabeth $4,980.65 $6,363.03 46
 East Coast - Capetown $2,327.00 $2,809.00 30
 West Coast - Capetown $2,961.25 $4,046.53 42

To get the full cost of transportation you should add the following:

- Bunker Adjustment Factor (BAF Charges) - $90 - $180
- Wharfage - $3 per MT
- Bill of Lading - $50
- Drayage from Terminal to Your Door (depends on the distance) - $220 (minimum) for 20’ and $235 (minimum) for 40’ container
- Fuel Surcharge - starts at $40
- Shipper's Declaration (Over $2,500.00) - $50
- Allowance for Industrial Goods - $100 - $150
- Hazardous Material - $100  

Please note that these charges are subject to change. Request an online quote to get the fresh rates.