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If you have decided to relocate in South Africa, take enough time to choose your removal company. This is an important step not to be taken lightly. Shipping rates can vary greatly depending on the company and removal details. These include: door-to-door shipping, packing and unpacking. Although more expensive, professional services could mean fitting more into a container.

Set up an appointment with a relocation counselor for an in-house estimate. Make a list of all the objects that require special care (glass, mirror, piece of art, special packaging etc.) Specify to the mover what you will do yourself (dismantling furniture, packing dishes etc.). To find a carrier or a mover, use the Internet, consult the yellow pages or get a free quote and find your mover in South Africa now. 

Regarding the estimate, several key points are to be considered such as:

  • Origin address – where removers will pack and load your belongings
  • Destination address in South Africa – where removers will unload your belongings
  • Volume or weight of your stuff
  • Types of transportation (by air, train, truck, ship)
  • Nature of the services – terms and conditions – insurance damage
  • Prices and payment plans.

Usually, removal companies unload your belongings directly at the destination address. However, some removal companies unload your belongings in warehouses and you have to pick them up yourself afterwards, implying additional costs. Check your moving contract carefully.

Making a list of your belongings

Make an exhaustive inventory of your belongings so as to establish a value statement. The value statement is an important document that sets the compensation amount you could receive in case of loss or damage of your belongings.

Complete the declaration of value yourself by stating the overall value of your property and the value of certain particular precious items. Read the terms and conditions of your contract carefully to find out more about transportation and handling of fragile objects. This statement is particularly important because without it, an estimate cannot be established, which will obviously affect your relocation and your organisation.

Damage insurance

Accordingly, damage insurance will be proposed by the carrier. This insurance covers non-predictable damage associated with the transportation of your belongings up to the value indicated in the declaration of value. The cost for the insurance depends on the overall value of your belongings. The removal company must issue a certificate of insurance in any case.

Waybill

Finally, you must sign the waybill before loading and after delivery of your belongings. The waybill is a document that specifies the terms and conditions of the contract, the mode of transportation, the volume or weight carried by the removal company, the name and address of both the customer and the carrier. By signing the waybill, you definitely agree to these terms and conditions and give permission to the removal company to go ahead.

Regarding removal payment plans, a deposit is usually to be paid before loading and the balance must be paid upon delivery. A payment plan must be arranged with the removal company.

 Important:

In general, carriers handle custom paperwork for you (customs clearance etc.) For more security, opt for a carrier affiliated with the FIDI (International Federation of International Movers).

 Good to know:

Contact the South African consulate or embassy for more information about relocation in the country, customs, prohibited items etc.

 Useful links:

FEDEMAC – Federation of European Movers
FIDI – International Federation of International Removers

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