Vehicle Shipping to Southern Africa RORO & ContainerShip your Car, Motorhome, Campervan or Truck to Africa
Vehicle shipping to Southern Africa (South Africa & Namibia)
We specialise in shipping cars, 4x4’s, Motorhomes, Campervans & Camping trucks to South Africa & Namibia. offering shipping services on fast, frequent Roll on Roll off (RORO) and container vessels to all major Southern African ports including South Africa (Cape Town, East London, Port Elizabeth & Durban) and Namibia (Walvis Bay).
Departures are from major European (EU) ports including the UK (Southampton, Tilbury, Liverpool, Felixstowe, London Gateway and Bristol), Belgium (Zeebrugge & Antwerp), Germany (Bremerhaven & Hamburg) , Netherlands (Rotterdam) and others.
Services also operate from the USA, South America (Colombia, Uruguay and Argentina) & Australia. Transhipment services can be arranged for other destinations including India.
Some sailings are direct from Europe to Africa, and others are stopping services. Sailing can take between 20 and 40 days depending on the departure and destination ports.
*Note shipments to Walvis bay from the EU depart from Bremerhaven, Sheerness, Antwerp and are south bound only. Shipments from the USA depart from Baltimore & Brunswick.
The 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
Returning from South Africa we have 4 services, three of these are direct with no stops once leaving South Africa, until arrival at the first port in Europe
The other is a stopping service to Europe via West Africa (Tema, Abidjan, Dakar, Conakry) or South America (Santos Brazil, Montevideo, Zarate, Vitoria).
The stopping service is usually cheaper than 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 smaller vehicle.
The import / export costs of shipping RORO is significantly cheaper than container shipping in Southern Africa
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 vehicles is dropped off at the port 48 hours before the vessels arrival.
We would strongly recommend a Travel insurance policy for travel in Africa. Read more about Aficia 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
To Southern Africa start from $70 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.
Returning from Southern 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.
Prices vary but start from $1200 for a 20ft container and $1400 for a 40ft container, excluding stuffing and local charges. Expect to pay around $3700 / $4000 for 20/40ft container from Africa to Europe and $2800/$3200 from Europe to Africa including all charges. (*prices vary by port of departure)
Local port costs and clearing charges are generally high in the region, expect costs to be between $500 & $1200 depending on the method of transport and the size of the vehicle.
Recommended Reading / Information
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Port Connections to / from to and from Africa
Vehicle Shipping Services
We want to help you save money and the best way to do that is to share a container with another car or several motorbikes. We will help you find a shipping partner.
We can help you obtain international motor vehicle insurance for foreign vehicles which are on tour.
Europe (Green Card / Frontier), North America, South America (Mercosur) and other countries
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.