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The Best International Move You’ll Ever Make

As SA’s largest independent international moving specialists, with a separate Specialist International Division, Biddulphs have dedicated over 90 years to moving prized possessions and households all over the world. Always with care, always professionally packed.

So you can relax, even when you arrive. Our shareholding in move management company Harmony Relocation Network is a global network of locally owned moving and dsp companies, upholding strong family values through generations of heritage. A network of committed partners, brought together under one truly global infrastructure with advanced technology, quality system and sustainability norms. That means you always have someone to talk to when you reach your new home.

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Harmony Relocation Network

Biddulphs is a proud member of Harmony Relocation Network. Harmony is a global network of locally owned relocation companies, upholding strong family values through generations of heritage. We are a network of committed partners, brought together in one truly global and solid infrastructure with cutting edge technology, an ISO-tested quality system and leading sustainability criteria.

Our network (founded in 1992) consists of over 140 members in 60 countries, serving 180 countries across 6 continents, providing the same level of high quality services, local expertise and personal commitment. All our members are co-owners of Harmony Relocation Network.



FIDI is the global alliance of professional international moving and relocation companies, specialised in moving household goods and personal effects from one country to another, from one continent to another, according to the best quality standards. Membership of these organisations ensures that the highest standards of service are upheld with FIDI FAIM accreditation.

The Biddulphs branch responsibility statement can be viewed Here

Why You Should Choose Biddulphs For Your International Move

What To Consider When Moving Across Borders

Customs Procedures

Your Biddulphs consultant will advise of the procedures and documentation required, both here and at your overseas destination country.

Cost Basis

The costs of shipping are based on the items surveyed at your home and are directly related to volume and/or weight. It is very important that any changes made to the list of items surveyed are communicated to our consultant, as this will affect the shipping price.

Land, Sea or Air

Personal effects can be shipped by sea, air or land. Sea shipments are most often shipped in standard steel containers. There are two standard sizes:

A 6 metre (20 foot) container which has a volume of 30 cubic metres (1050 cubic foot)
A 12 metre (40 foot) container which has a volume of 60 cubic metres (2100 cubic foot)

A 6 metre container generally accommodates a medium sized household without patio furniture and extras. A 12 metre container will normally hold a larger household.

Seafreight to most destinations in the world is cheaper than airfreight but specific advice will be given to you by our consultants.

FCL (Full Container Load) or exclusive use of a Container

If you choose this option, you decide when the container is shipped. The advantage is that you can plan the packing and delivery dates. If it is a direct shipment (with no storage), the container will be loaded at your residence, secured and sealed with a bolt seal and your consignment delivered in the same container to your new residence overseas.

The exception to this is where the destination Customs and/or Agricultural Authorities need to inspect the consignment. Consignments to Australia are always inspected and can, therefore, never be delivered to the new residence in the container.

Groupage Shipment or Partload

Consignments which are less than a container load are shipped in one of our groupage containers. This means that your effects are shipped together with other shipments of household effects in our system which are bound for the same destination.

Biddulphs International offer a regular groupage service to the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, U.S.A. and many other countries which are popular destinations.

More Things To Consider

Restrictions At Destination

Regulations for the importation of household effects and cars vary from country to country and our consultant will be able to advise you in this regard. We have agents at destination and if clarification is required the consultant will contact the agent for specific advice.

Generally, firearms and ammunition, drugs, flammable products, ivory, fresh food, meat, plants and pornographic materials are prohibited from importation to most countries.

Wine and Liquor

The regulations regarding the importation of wine and liquor differ from country to country. Our consultants can advise you the allowances and whether it will be duty-free or not.


Export permits for motor vehicles are obtainable from the Department of Trade and Industry in Pretoria Phone: (012) 310-9791

Exemption certificates for wine and spirits are obtainable from the dept.of Agriculture at OR Tambo International Airport Phone: (011) 970-3130/1

The Department of Agriculture in Stellenbosch Phone: (021) 809-1602

Export permits for animal skins/hides/horns are obtainable from a State Veterinarian in:

      Johannesburg Phone: (011) 838-5603                    Randfontein Phone: (011) 411-4300
      Germiston Phone: (011) 821-7700                           Pretoria Phone: (012) 328-5140
      Cape Town Phone: (021) 551-2050                          Durban Phone: (031) 332-6731

Export permits for firearms are obtainable from your local police station.
Police Clearance Certificates are obtainable from the Brixton Murder and Robbery Vehicle Theft Unit, Brixton Street; Brixton, Johannesburg, OR the Roy Beamish Building, Modderdam Road, DF Malan Industria, Cape Town OR Luttig Street, Pretoria West OR the Rossburgh Testing Grounds, Opposite Southway Mall, Edwin Swales Drive, Rossburgh, Durban.

Immigration Services

For your visa, temporary and permanent residence requirements we recommend your using the services of an immigration specialist attorney.

Biddulphs has a professional relationship with Julian Pokroy, one of the leading immigration attorneys in South Africa, spanning a period of over twenty-five years.

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