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Move to South Africa with us

South Africa, located at the southern tip of Africa, is the multicultural country and the dwelling place for large number of expatriates. Every year, a wide range of people move to South Africa because of different reasons like employment availability, cost of living, higher studies, or permanently residing in. However, the thought and excitement of moving to new country brings a lot of stress and worry along with it about safe relocation. To make it easy for the people to move from India to South Africa, Agarwal Packers and Movers Ltd. has expended its wings to cover South Africa too. Hence, now we are capable to make your move to or move from this country safely and securely.

Whether it is household relocation, corporate move or industrial shifting, we are competent to render relocation services meeting the international standards. Comprising our unique and innovative USPs like LED/LCD Box, Perfect Box, Cloth cartons etc, we ensure safe and undamaged movement of your goods to new country. So, without taking any worries, just get connected to us for your move and you take a small tour to your new home country, South Africa.

South Africa – The country with unique geography and strong economy

South Africa is the country with three different capital cities: Pretoria (the executive capital), Bloemfontein (the judicial), and Cape Town (the legislative capital). All across the country, there is quiet temperate climatic condition. Having the impressive 11 official languages is its uniqueness among which Zulu, Xhosa and Afrikaans are widely spoken. From past few years, South Africa has been evolved as the growing industrialized country and possesses one of the strongest economies in continent. South African rand (ZAR) is the currency of this country. This country has a nickname i.e. ‘Rainbow Nation’ because of its warm and friendly multi-culture. Choosing upon South Africa as your new resident country is going to prove a wise decision for you.

Have a look over the type of visa(s) you may require for moving in to this country.

Entry Visa: When you are moving from India to South Africa, you must obtain an entry visa by applying for it at your South African Constitute or Embassy. It is about four weeks process so it’s better to apply in good time.

Work Permit: Work permits include five types of visas in it. (i) General Work Permits those are valid for the duration of your contract with your employer, (ii) Quota Work Permits are open ended but within the 90 days of your arrival to county, you have to find the employment, (iii) Exceptional Skills Work Permits those are valid for three years, (iv) Intra-company Transfer Work Permits for the employees who get transferred from a foreign company to the branch of this country, and (v) Corporate Permits. In case of absence of knowledge which type of permit is required by you, it is better to consult your local South African constitute or Embassy.

Documents Required for Relocation to South Africa

  • Original Passport 
  • Original Bill of Lading (OBL) or Express/Telex Release or a Photocopy of Air Waybill (AWB)
  • Detailed Inventory
  • Permanent Residence Documents or Temporary Residence Permit or Work Permit
  • Affidavit (Returning Citizens Only)
  • Customs Form DA 304 and P.1.160
  • Diplomatic Clearance (Diplomats)
  • Certificate from Embassy Signed (Diplomats)

Original Passport

You must possess the original passport, including the page that has entry stamp for hassle-free relocation to South Africa.

You or owner of the goods must have the mandatory documents as well as forward a photocopy of each document to the agent before import.

Original Bill of Lading (OBL) or Express/Telex Release or a Photocopy of Air Waybill (AWB)

The presence of owner of the goods is must for the purpose of customs clearance; make sure you have the original Bill of Lading. It’s a legal document of the contract of the consignment, which confirms its receipt at the destination too.

Detailed Inventory

A detailed inventory list is a must-have when moving to South Africa as it records all items to be moved to this country. Make sure it is devoid of any restricted or prohibited article like alcohol and tobacco items otherwise you’ll be charged high import duty.

Permanent Residence Documents or Temporary Residence Permit or Work Permit

Whatever the purpose (residence, work, study) of your relocation to South Africa, you must submit the permanent/temporary residence permit or work permit to stay in the country for a stipulated time.

Affidavit (Returning Citizens Only)

The South African authorities would ask the returning citizens for their purpose of arrival so they can state their reason by submitting an affidavit.

Customs Form DA 304 and P.1.160

Immigrants and holders of temporary resident permit have permission to import their household and personal effects into South Africa without many any import duty or VAT payments. For this, you are required to complete the DA 304 and P.1.160 customs clearance forms.

Diplomatic Clearance (Diplomats)

If you are a diplomat in foreign country, you are eligible to import your personal effect & household goods without import duty. So make sure you submit the request for the diplomatic clearance of goods.

Certificate from Embassy Signed (Diplomats)

Embassy will ask the diplomats for copies of detailed inventory and OBL before applying for Certificate A and B. These certificates must be duly signed by Department of Foreign Affairs in South Africa.

Yes! Now you have the enough knowledge and information with regards to your move to South Africa. All you have to do is accrue all the necessary and required documents, rest leave on us. Don’t let the stress of moving your stuff lessen down your excitement of moving. Just make us a call at +91-9310004321 and make your shifting enjoyable and happy.

Do's or Don't

For those, who are facing problems in shifting their homes, offices or studios from one place to another, we are here to help. Agarwal Packers and Movers Ltd. makes sure that "Nothing other than the place changes..." as we clearly understand how tedious and stressful packing and moving can be.

This stress could even result in total disaster sometimes, if certain important things are not kept in mind. On the contrary, if the act of packing is made efficiently and intelligently, moving can be made much simpler.

The Do’s


  • The primary step that counts is the advance planning of your move.
  • The next comes in this list is making a checklist to avoid any problem in future.
  • Then comes the Sensible Packing, that means, to assemble all the tools and objects that you are going to need. For this purpose, first make a list of all your requirements for the same, including the entire primary and smaller objects; start with boxes.
  • Make use of uniformly sized boxes, so that they stack together neatly. As for the big boxes, start with a small number, now double that number of medium-sized boxes that can easily be stacked on top of these big boxes, and add a very large number of small boxes (as they serve the maximum of our purpose).
  • These boxes should be sturdy, durable as they will be holding up through multiple moves, keeping your things intact and safe, and making your investment worth the money.
  • Moreover, to make sure that in what box you have stored which certain distinctive item, it should be labeled with appropriate stickers.
  • A zero-transshipment to prevent breakage should also be kept in mind.
  • The vehicle that is going to be used for the relocation and moving should be properly made ready for long distance, so that no delays or hampering could be faced during the traveling of the delicate and priceless belongings.
  • Proper insurance of the goods being traveled should also been made, so that in case of any road accident or loss or theft, you can claim your approximate value.

The Don’ts


  • Don't rush to the act of packaging without a proper layout that may lead to the skipping of unnoticed and small but crucial steps in the packing procedure.
  • The fragile items or the delicate ones should not be packed along with the durable or heavier ones.
  • Loose bundling of the boxes or the items inside may also lead to the breakage or damage of the goods being packed and moved.
  • The vehicle or the mode of transportation that is being finalized for the shifting purpose must have passed all the necessary clearance and proper servicing done already, so that real time chaos can be avoided.
  • One personnel at least of the company you are hiring for the shifting should accompany your goods till the destination.
  • Do not rush into while hiring packing and moving company otherwise you will be caught in false promises and fake services.
  • Avoid getting attracted towards discounted offers from the moving firm as it is one of the ways through which your precious money will be lost.
  • In case you have huge volume of goods then do not rent trucks or trailers that have less space otherwise you have to spend more money in making more than one moving trip.
  • Do not pack and move your furniture or electrical appliances (if applicable) without dismantling because it will increase the burden on packing boxes.
  • It is advisable not to mix up packed and unpacked items together. By doing so, your most of the time will be consumed.

Rules & Regulations

Moving beyond the boundaries of country can be quite daunting as well as exciting. There must be the excitement of exploring new places, meeting the people from different cultures and learning new things at new location. Specifically, for those people who have never been to abroad before, the level of excitement must be at its peak along with a worry about the safe and smooth relocation of his or her possessions to new place.

In order to maintain your excitement and enjoy uncomplicated international relocation, “pre-planning” can be the effective and best thing to reduce your stress. Agarwal Packers and Movers Ltd. has prepared this comprehensive guide to plan your hassle-free and smooth overseas move. In this guide, you will find the steps to be followed and the documents you will require for your move. Also, from where you can obtain the documents, where to apply and suggestion for settling in the country; all will be provided in this guide.

Few aspects of International moving guide are:

Understand your moving needs
Plan your move
Accrue necessary and required documents
Hire reliable and experienced relocation company

We possess a team of experts who have experience in overseas relocations, safely transporting to your possessions at your desired destination. We are there to help you from custom clearance to final reach of your goods to your residence. At Agarwal Packers and Movers Ltd, we pay attention towards the customer satisfaction. From past three decades, we have been successful in proving ours’ this commitment. So, just get connected with us and call us +91-9310004321 for further guidance.

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