Vehicle Shipping to Europe (UK, Belgium, Germany) from South AfricaShip your Car, Motorhome, Campervan or Truck to Europe
Vehicle shipping from South Africa to Europe (UK, Belgium, Germany & Italy)
We specialise in shipping cars, 4x4’s, Motorhomes, Campervans & Camping trucks from South Africa to Europe, offering shipping services on fast, frequent Roll on Roll off (RORO) and container vessels to all major European ports including including the United Kingdom – UK (Southampton, Tilbury, Liverpool, Felixstowe, London Gateway and Bristol), Belgium (Zeebrugge & Antwerp), Germany (Bremerhaven & Hamburg), Netherlands (Rotterdam), Italy (Genoa) and others.
Departure Ports in South Africa are Cape Town (containers only), Port Elizabeth and Durban.
There are regular, reliable Roll on Roll off services to and from Europe, we recommend people to book on direct services that go non stop between Europe and South Africa as these provide a little more peace of mind regarding security than the stopping services via the Americas or West Africa.
From South Africa we have 5 services, three of these are direct with no stops once leaving South Africa, until arrival at the first port in Europe.
The others are a) A stopping service to Europe via West Africa (Tema, Abidjan, Dakar, Conakry) or South America (Santos Brazil, Montevideo, Zarate, Vitoria), b) A stopping service via east Africa (Mombasa, Dar Es Salaam, Jeddah, Barcelona).
The stopping service is usually cheaper than the direct services.
The services are good value for those with oversized vehicles, but also provide comparative costs to sharing a 40ft container for a smaller vehicle.
The import / export costs of shipping RORO is significantly cheaper than container shipping in Southern Africa.
Latest RORO South Africa to Europe schedules
|Antwerp / Zeebrugge||01-Feb||19-Feb||05-Mar||19-Mar|
*Last update 10/01/2018
*Stopping service, Via Tema, Abidjan & Dakar
**Via East Africa, Mombasa, Dar Es Salaam, Jeddah, Barcelona
There are also services from South Africa to South America (Montevideo, Uruguay and Zárate, Argentina)
RORO Shipping rates
Returning from South Africa to Europe prices start from $70 per cubic metre, special rates are available for vehicles under certain heights / volume. Export costs $450 – $800 depending on port, carrier and vehicle weight / dimensions.
We offer Container shipping from Durban and Cape Town to all major ports in Europe including, United Kingdom – UK (Southampton, Tilbury, Liverpool, Felixstowe, London Gateway and Bristol), Belgium (Zeebrugge & Antwerp), Germany (Bremerhaven & Hamburg), Netherlands (Rotterdam), Italy (Genoa) and others.
Container share: Shipping a container for sole use can be expensive, we offer a container share service whereby you can share a container with others to reduce the costs. Please contact us for further details.
Container shipping rates
Expect to pay around $3700 / $4200 for 20/40ft container from Africa to Europe including all charges. (*prices vary by port of departure).
Import / Export Requirements – South Africa / Europe
If you are shipping a foreign vehicle from South Africa we recommend entering the South African customs Union (SACU) via land borders with a Temporary import permit, this can reduce the customs costs for outgoing shipments.
For import into Europe a Carnet is not required for tourism purposes, however a carnet may be used if you wish to use one.
For returning vehicles to the EU you may enter with or without your Carnet, depending on the port sometimes the customs fees differ depending on whether you use one or not.
For clearing customs in the EU we request a copy of your original BL or ferry ticket from when you first exported your vehicle.
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 vehicles is dropped off at the port 48 hours before the vessels arrival.
We would strongly recommend a Travel insurance policy for travel in Europe. Read more about Europe Travel Insurance.
We recommend booking Africa 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
Recommended Reading / Information
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Vehicle Shipping Services
Why ship with us?
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.
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.
We specialise in shipping vehicles, whether for touring purposes, expeditions or for business.
Every shipment is treated equally no matter the size.
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.