Vehicle Shipping from South Africa to Europe (UK, Belgium, Germany)

Ship 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.

RORO Services

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

Port C1 C1 C2 C1 C1 C1 C1
Durban 17-May 28-May 01-Jun 12-Jun 27-Jun 14-Jul 27-Jul
Port Elizabeth 21-May 01-Jun 15-Jun 30-Jun 17-Jul 30-Jul
Vigo 06-Jun 17-Jun 02-Jul 17-Jul 02-Aug 16-Aug
Antwerp / Zeebrugge 09-Jun 20-Jun 25-Jun 05-Jul 20-Jul 04-Aug 19-Aug
Bremerhaven 12-Jun 24-Jun 24-Jun 08-Jul 22-Jul 07-Aug 21-Aug
Southampton 15-May 27-Jun 27-Jun 11-Jul 26-Jul 10-Aug 25-Aug

*Last update 17/05/2018
C1 – Direct from South Africa to Europe – first port of call vigo
C2 – Stopping service, Via Tema, Abidjan & Dakar
C3 – 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 (Southampton UK , Antwerp & Zeebrugge Belgium, Bremerhaven Germany) prices start from $70 per cubic metre, special rates are available for vehicles under certain heights / volume. Export costs $650 – $800 depending on port, carrier and vehicle weight / dimensions.

Vehicle Carrier 1 Carrier 2
Sedan  $          1,200
4x4  $          1,600
Others $82 per cbm $72 per cbm

*Unit prices subject to height and max cbm limits

Container shipping

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 on both sides. (*prices vary by port of departure).

Size No. Vehicles Cost
20ft                       1  $    3,700
40ft HC                       2  $    4,200

*prices vary by port of depoarture / arrival

*prices do not include costs in relation to containers slected for further inspection or scan, this are addtional costs.

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.

 

Travel Insurance

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

Booking

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

The Overlanding Africa facebook group is the best resource for travellers with their vehicles, providing information on routes, campsites, visas, border crossings and much more. Join today and meet other travellers.

Port Connections to and from Africa

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 offer a 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?

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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.

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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.

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Personal Service

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

Every shipment is treated equally no matter the size.

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Trusted Agents

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

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Communication

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

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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.

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Helpful information

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

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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) 208 144 4161
US : +1 347-741-8804
E: info@ivssuk.com