If you need to ship cargo UK to South Africa, we have the solution for you. Rapid Shipping are a UK leader in cargo forwarding to South Africa. With a comprehensive range of carriers and routes we offer both sea cargo and air cargo services. From a single pallet to a full 40 foot shipping container or more – we can handle all types of cargo including dangerous goods, personal effects and cars.
Whether you are a regular shipper or first time exporter looking to expand your market overseas we can offer guidance and support for all types of commercial cargo to South Africa. Working closely with your buyer, we will ensure that overseas customs formalities are handled with minimum effort. Our detailed knowledge of South Africa import regulations mean that we can assist with any aspect of customs requirements.
For more information about cargo shipping to South Africa, call us on 01604 926201 or complete the quote request form on this page.
Air Cargo to South Africa
Our air cargo to South Africa is a daily service from all major UK airports. Nationwide next-day collection, or even same day when delivery to South Africa is extremely time critical.
We offer both door-to-airport and door-to-door air cargo and handle all types of air cargo including dangerous goods and household or personal effects. With our door-to-door air cargo service we will handle customs clearance in South Africa and deliver your cargo directly to the recipient.
All air cargo is subject to security screening. Our network of customs approved screening depots at major airports mean we can get your air cargo on board an aircraft quickly – meaning quicker delivery.
We provide comprehensive transit insurance to protect your goods during air cargo and can arrange cargo storage in the UK or South Africa.
For air cargo shipments consisting of more than one or two boxes we recommend goods are sent on a pallet to South Africa. This ensures that all items travel together and keeps customs clearance time to a minimum when your cargo arrives in South Africa. If you are not able to air cargo your goods on a pallet then our expert packing team can do this for you when goods are received at our depot.
For more information about our air cargo service please contact one of our cargo team on 01604 926201 or complete the quote request form.
Sea Cargo to South Africa
Our sea cargo to South Africa service offers weekly departures and a choice of either part-load or full container options.
For part load sea cargo we can collect your cargo directly from your premises with our nationwide next-day collection service. Alternatively, deliver your cargo directly to one of our receiving depots throughout the UK. For part load sea cargo, goods should be packed onto wooden pallets or into plywood shipping cases. For loose shipments we offer a full palletising service, either at your depot or at our receiving warehouse prior to shipment.
For full load container cargo to South Africa, we will generally deliver an empty shipping container to your premises for you to pack and load. If this is not possible then we can receive goods at our warehouse and load into a container on your behalf.
We offer a choice of door-to-port or door-to-door options for all sea cargo shipments. For door-to-door shipments we will handle all aspects of customs clearance and deliver your cargo directly to the recipient in South Africa. For door-to-port shipments, your consignee will be responsible for local customs and collection of cargo from the port.
We can arrange comprehensive marine transit insurance to protect against all risks during transit and offer storage both in UK and in South Africa.
To discuss your requirements for sea cargo shipping please call one of our team on 01604 926201 or complete the get a quote box and we will contact you directly.
Cargo Cost from UK to South Africa
Cargo costs to South Africa will depend on the size and weight of the consignment and the choice between aircargo and sea cargo. For small shipments which do not fill a whole pallet aircargo will often work out cheaper – particularly if sending cargo on a door-to-door basis. For larger shipments, sea cargo is better value at the expense of a longer transit time. For very large shipments a full shipping container may prove best value.
To enable us to accurately calculate your cargo cost to South Africa, we will need to know the length, width, height and weight of each item being shipped. If goods are being sent on pallets or in cases then the measurements of these should be supplied.
If you do not have exact dimensions and weights then we can provide an estimated cargo cost to South Africa which we will adjust when exact specifications are known.
To get a quote for cargo costs to South Africa please complete the quote request form on this page or call our team on 01604 926201.
Cargo Time from UK to South Africa
The cargo time to South Africa depends on whether goods are being sent by air cargo or sea cargo.
Goods sent air cargo to South Africa will take around 1 – 2 days with daily departures from major UK airports.
Sea cargo to South Africa takes around 4 weeks for goods sent in a dedicated shipping container. Part load cargo to South Africa takes around 5 – 6 weeks depending upon exact sea cargo timetable. Part load transit times are not guaranteed in advance so we recommend you check our cargo schedule when booking – particularly if delivery time in South Africa is critical to your cargo.
Like most destinations, cargo to South Africa is subject to customs inspection and clearance. The exact time taken for cargo delivery in South Africa will always depend upon the time taken at customs. As a general rule customs clearance for air cargo to South Africa will be completed within 1 to 2 days. For sea cargo customs clearance would usually be complete within a week.
To discuss your exact requirements for cargo UK to South Africa please call our cargo team on 01604 926201.