Shipping South America to South Africa | Zarate | Montevideo | Durban | Port Elizabeth

Ship your Car, Motorhome, Campervan or Truck to South Africa

Vehicle shipping to South Africa (Durban | Port Elizabeth) From South America (Zarate, Argentina | Montevideo, Uruguay | Cartagena, Colombia) 

We specialise in shipping cars, 4×4’s, Motorhomes, Campervans & Camping trucks to and from South America and South Africa. We offer shipping services on fast, frequent Roll on Roll off (RORO) and container vessels from major South American ports including Zarate, Argentina, Montevideo, Uruguay, Cartagena, Colombia & Manzanillo, Panama to South African ports of Durban and Port Elizabeth.

Import  / Export Requirements – Southern Africa

For Southern Africa, we only ship vehicles for tourism purposes with a valid Carnet. If the vehicle is to be imported permanently, a carnet is not required, however, taxes and duty will be payable.

For import, we ask that the original carnet is with our local agents at least a week prior to the ship’s arrival so that they may complete the necessary customs formalities.

For export, we recommend you arrive in the city of departure a week before sailing to complete customs formalities. Customs formalities can take place a few days before the vehicle is taken to the port. Under normal circumstances, the vehicle is dropped off at the port 48 hours before the vessel’s arrival.

Example Rates (rates from)

To Southern Africa, start from $75 per cubic metre, special rates are available for vehicles under certain heights/volume. Import costs are typically $500-$800 depending on port, carrier and vehicle weight/dimensions.

Latest Schedules 

There is normally one vessel per month calling at South American ports sailing directly to South Africa, calling at Port Elizabeth and then Durban.

Travel Insurance

We would strongly recommend a Travel insurance policy for travel in South Africa. Read more about South Africa Travel Insurance.


We recommend booking South African bound services 2-3 months before departure due to the high volume of cargo on this route. To obtain a quote please complete our online quotation form.

The absolute minimum amount of time for bookings on this route is three weeks in advance of the vessel arriving in port.  Generally, most ships depart full, and are normally full a month in advance, so please book early!

Recommended Reading / Information

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Port Connections to and from South America

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Car & Vehicle Shipping Services

Container Vehicle Shipping

Container Vehicle Shipping Services from port to port. We offer FCL and shared container services. View our example container rates for cars, 4x4's and motorcycles here.

Roll on Roll Off (RORO)

Roll on Roll off vehicle shipping services normally offers more economical shipping than container shipping. View example RORO shipping rates for Cars, 4x4's, Motorhomes & Trucks. RORO Shipping ports

Vehicle Customs Clearance

We can provide customs clearing services directly in the UK and work with trusted agents in other regions to clear your vehicle.

Why ship with us?


Competitive Pricing

We offer fair and reasonable pricing for our services and negotiate rates with our partners to provide you the best possible price.

If you already have a quotation, we will do our best to match or beat any valid quotation.


Unrivaled Expertise

We have the knowledge, information and the contacts to ensure your vehicle safely reaches its destination. We can advise on permanent & temporary Import requirements, Carnet Requirements, Local laws and customs, Insurance providers and Local agents & partners.


Personal Service

We specialise in shipping vehicles, whether for touring purposes, expeditions or for business.

Every shipment is treated equally no matter the size.


Trusted Agents

We only use known / trusted agents to clear your vehicle. This helps avoid unexpected costs and complications.



We believe communication is of the utmost importance. During the shipping process we will keep you informed every step of the way.


We understand your needs

We have shipped our own vehicle to many places around the world, and fully understand your needs and requirements as a customer.

Helpful information

Roll on Roll off Shipping Rates
Container Shipping Rates
Carnet Requirements Map
Container share

Contact / Follow us  

Office Hours
We work in the United Kingdom Monday – Friday 9am to 5pm (Time Zone United Kingdom) Closed on Public Holidays & Weekends

UK : +44 (0) 203 787 4201
US : +1 917-781-4536
E : [email protected]