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The Best International Move You’ll Ever Make

Biddulphs has established a separate International Division to provide all the specialist services needed when moving to South Africa.

As SA’s largest independent moving company, with a separate specialist International Division, Biddulphs are dedicated to moving prized possessions and households to South Africa. Always with care, always professionally packed.

So you can relax, even when you arrive.

Through our 14 branches countrywide, we have dedicated staff who’ll help you settle in. You’ll always have someone to talk to when you reach your new home.

Long Distance Confidence

With over 88 years of removal experience, Biddulphs has the expertise to offer you the type of move you require at an affordable price. Because of our large network of offices and specially designed vehicles we can tailor the move to meet your unique requirements. That’s why so many people, and companies, choose Biddulphs for all their moves.

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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 Move To South Africa

Valuable Information About South Africa

On request we will send you a Relocation Guide giving pertinent information about South Africa. An introduction to the area that you will be residing in is available. Information on schools and housing can also be provided.

South African Customs Regulations

Household Effects

Used household effects are duty free if the client has had them in their possession for more than 1 year. The consignments are not always stopped for customs examination. Customs take approximately 7  working days to clear the consignment. The client must present himself to Customs with all documentation.

Personal Effects

The consignment must consist of clothing only, i.e. no appliances. These consignments are always stopped for customs examination and take approximately 7 working days to clear. Client must present himself to Customs with all documentation. NB: All linen, books, CD Players will be treated as household effects.


VAT is always payable. These consignments are stopped for customs examination. Client should complete all documentation and present it to the Customs department, together with his passport so that Customs may attest the DA304A’s.

The documentation should be returned to us in order for clearance to take place.
If everything is in order, Customs will endorse the Bill of Entry which is then presented to the Motor Licence Department, who will issue the license. Approximately 11 working days to clear.

Pets & Animals

A Veterinary Certificate is required from the origin country. The Certificate must be presented to Customs at least 4 days prior to the animal’s arrival in South Africa. It takes approximately 6 working days to clear. Quarantine is not always necessary, and the animal will be released if the State Veterinary Surgeon is satisfied with the condition of the animal.

Biddulphs’ Inbound Controller will manage the movement of your consignment from arrival at the port of delivery to your new residence. We will guide you through the S A Customs requirements and handle the actual clearance through Customs for you. The delivery to your residence will be done by our own international team.

Shipping Documentation

Shipping documents should be forwarded to the destination branch which will handle the customs clearance and delivery, and should be received a minimum of 10 days before the vessel docks. The required documents are:

Household Effects
Original Bill of Lading
Permanent Resident’s Permit

Personal Effects
Original Bill of Lading

Import Permit
Original Bill of Lading
Registration papers
SABS Letter of Authority
Click on our Tools and Planner page to download the forms that you require.

We Also Offer The Following Services

Packing & Unpacking
Packing & UnpackingProtecting your posessions
InsurancePeace of mind
Vehicle & Pet Transport
Vehicle & Pet TransportGet them there safely
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