Moving to South Africa from the US
When moving to South Africa, you need to spend a significant amount of time in choosing an international moving company to ensure that you end up with the best one. One of your top considerations should be the reputation of moving companies as they will tell you the quality of their moving services. You must also determine if a company holds suitable licenses from the Federal Maritime Commission or FMC as an NVOCC (Non-Vessel Operating Common Carrier) and from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). Ensure that a company has a secured and bonded warehouse with 24/7 security service, advanced organization system, and controlled temperature. Gather moving quotes from various companies and make thorough comparisons. After selecting a company, never close a deal without paying a visit to its office to make sure it really exists and to avoid scams.
Your next big step is to gather necessary documents. Prepare your passport, Residence Visa, Resident Permit, Work Permit, filled out Customs Forms D.A. 304 and P1.160, Settler’s Declaration Forms, verification letter from your employer, thorough inventory of shipped goods in English, and keys of locked goods. All required documents must be submitted to the Destination Agent seven days prior the arrival of shipment. It is recommended that you visit the Destination Agent before you gather the aforementioned documents.
The Customs of South Africa requires you to be in the country 10 days prior to the arrival of your shipment for formalities regarding customs clearance. Be guided that the Customs will inspect all the shipped goods. Temporary residents can bring in goods duty-free only if they possess valid Work Permits which will remain valid for the next six months and the goods are under their ownerships for no less than a year. Meanwhile, returning residents are eligible for duty-free import only if they have been out of the country continuously for more than six months. Foreign diplomats are qualified for duty-free import if they can present a detailed inventory as well as a diplomatic clearance.
When you ship goods to Africa, some items are dutiable and restricted. These goods are perfume and tobacco products, new items like new furniture and appliances, alcohol, firearms, inherited goods, and antiques. On the other hand, items that are not allowed to enter the premises of South Africa are narcotics and drugs, pornographic materials, uncooked meat or poultry, uncut diamonds, unwrought gold, ammunition, and plants. South African Customs allow shipping of cars as long as they are not left-hand drive autos bought later than January 1, 2000. A moving company experienced in moves to South Africa can provide you with all the useful tips for a successful move.