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What Can I Send to South Africa?

Whether you are looking to send a parcel to South Africa for business or pleasure, Worldwide Parcel Services are here to help you out! Our range of services to send a parcel to South Africa means that you can quickly and easily send your parcel from just £49.71, and have it arrive in as little as 2 days!

However, if you are planning to send a parcel to South Africa, there are additional rules and regulations that need to be taken into consideration. Read on to find out more about what you can and can’t send to South Africa.

Sending a Parcel to South Africa

Sending a Parcel to South Africa

As increasing numbers of people move from the UK to South Africa, the demand to send goods abroad has increased, and looks likely to continue to do so for years to come. If you’re planning to send a parcel to South Africa, it is important that you take the time to ensure that your goods can be sent, and that they will pass customs without a problem.

Before sending your parcel to South Africa, you should:

  • Be aware that the recipient may need to pay customs duties or taxes depending on the type and value of items sent
  • Some items may have a restricted amount that can be sent, make sure you do your research to stop your goods being stopped by customs
  • Take care completing customs documentation to ensure it is accurate
  • Pack your parcel well using strong boxes and bubble wrap to keep your items safe during their long journey
What Can I Send in a Parcel to South Africa

What Can I Send in a Parcel to South Africa

The stunning landscape of South Africa means that it is extremely popular with tourists and expats. This in combination with the UK and South Africa’s trade partnership means that South Africa is a popular destination for parcels!

Whether you are looking to send a parcel to Durban or Cape Town, you can send most everyday items without a problem.

See below a list of items that you CAN send to South Africa:

  • Artwork including collectibles
  • Computers, laptops, and monitors
  • Designer clothing, apparel, and accessories
  • Mail and personal pictures
  • Music instruments
  • Printed materials, such as leaflets, posters, packaging etc
South African Customs

South African Customs

South Africa are strict on what is both imported and exported from the country. Customs will not hesitate to search a parcel and conduct further checks if there is any doubt about its legality. Some goods can be imported or exported with a license, however many are subject to absolute prohibition and cannot be imported under any circumstances.

Sending prohibited items will not only hold the parcel up in customs, but it risks the goods being seized and has the potential to result in fines or imprisonment. It is always the responsibility of the sender to ensure that their parcel does not contain and prohibited items. You can find out more about the South African Revenue Service and prohibited goods here.

When using Worldwide Parcel Services to send to South Africa, please include the document stating the contents of the package. Accompany this with insurance documents, value of all products inside and any permits if required by the South African Department of Trade via the Director of Import and Export Control.

What Can I Not Send to South Africa?

The South African government is careful over what is and is not allowed into their country not only to protect their residents, but to safeguard their environment too.

Example items that you cannot send to South Africa include:

  • Uncooked meat
  • Drugs
  • Firearms and ammunition
  • Medication
  • Dry ice
  • Furniture
  • Fur
  • Money
  • Diamonds
  • Pornography

In addition, you are also not allowed to send parcels with: plants & seeds, bees, food products, used clothing, chemicals, vitamins, skin-care, plants and petrol.

Before Sending a Parcel to South Africa

Many everyday items can therefore be sent to South Africa without a problem, however, the government and customs do take steps to keep anything potentially harmful out of the country. You can read the South African customs guidance on prohibited goods here.

When you're ready to send your parcel to South Africa, be sure to compare prices for renowned couriers with Worldwide Parcel Services! When you book with us, you can benefit from full international tracking all the way to the parcel's destination in South Africa, and £100 free cover as standard. Our great prices mean that you can send a parcel to South Africa from as little as £49.71, and in just 2 to 6 days!

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