Moving To South Africa

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Moving From NZ (International Move)

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For over 35 years we have consistently delivered quality removal services to our customers moving to South Africa.

Your Perfect Partner for Moving from NZ to South Africa

If you are considering moving to South Africa for only a few years or forever NZ Van Lines is the perfect partner for your forthcoming relocation. Every year our removals group manages the highest number of relocations in the industry, both into and out of SA. Whether you are making the move to Cape Town, Durban, Pretoria, Port Elizabeth, Johannesburg and everywhere in between we can assist.  Request a free, no obligation moving quote.

New Zealand Van Lines has been relocating to South Africa individuals and families since 1986.

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Moving individuals and families to South Africa for over 35 years

After 35 years of building our global partner network, NZ Van Lines can deliver a complete ‘door to door’ service to individuals and families moving overseas to South Africa.

Our service starts at home with the appointment of a dedicated Moving Consultant to assist with your international move every step of the way. This includes everything from the packing and uplift of your furniture and personal effects, the preparation and lodgement of key documents, right through to the clearances and delivery service to your new South African residence.

In addition to moving your household items we can assist with additional moving services such as; movers insurance, vehicle shipping, pet relocations and more.

International Shipping to South Africa

If you are considering a move South Africa we will provide a seamless door-to-door process. As New Zealand’s biggest volume international mover you can be assured that NZ Van Lines has the best shipping options with regular sailings to all major ports including Cape Town, Durban and Port Elizabeth.

Air Freight

Air Freight shipments are generally needed when there are specific personal effects required, within a short time frame. Many customers will have a smaller air freight shipment arriving in advance of their sea freight. This is a popular option for customers moving into temporary accommodation while they wait for their primary shipment, or self-employed workers setting up their business.

Sea Freight Sole-Use Container

Sole-use 20’ or 40’ shipping containers are most often used for complete house loads, and can include additional items e.g. motor vehicles. 

Shipping container to South Africa by Sole-Use is the most efficient and quickest method for a direct door-to-door service. 

Sea Freight Shared Container

Shared or Groupage Containers are a popular choice, often being used for small shipments or when two to three households of personal effects can be consolidated into the same container. Generally, a shared container is very cost effective, as you only pay for the space you use. They are especially popular with less time sensitive customers.

Our Services

International Packing

As New Zealand’s premium worldwide moving company, our removals and packing team are the best in the industry. Our professional moving staff are trained to international packing standards, and have years of experience in export wrapping and packing, stowing, storing, and moving household goods. We will pack everything using materials that are specifically designed to protect your household effects in transit. 


NZ Van Lines will prepare a detailed inventory of all your items prior to loading; numbering, describing and labelling each item. This document key to ensuring the safe transit of your effects as it is checked and cross-checked while your shipment progresses from uplift through to delivery.

Loading and Transport

Your consignment will be loaded into a secured shipping container for shipment by sea or a customised airfreight container for transportation to South Africa. NZ Van Lines will transport the consignment to the departure port / terminal.

Vehicles / Boats

Cars, motorbikes, trailers, boats etc. are received at our depot for loading; unless collection has been requested. A vehicle condition report will be completed upon arrival at our facility.

Vehicles will be secured in the container, in some instances these will be framed within the container when loaded along with household effects. Motorbikes will have custom built crates.


NZ Van Lines will prepare all the export documentation and arrange outward Customs clearance procedures, and manage payments of freight, port or terminal charges at origin and destination.


We will manage the clearance of the shipment, excluding Customs duties or taxes or any subsequent treatments ordered as a result of inspection.


Your household effects will be safely transported from the port of arrival to your residence. Please note this will be via store to meet local Customs and Quarantine inspection and clearance requirements.

Vehicles will be collected from our partners facility, alternatively delivery can be arranged.


All items will be placed in the appropriate rooms in your new residence, furniture items disassembled by NZ Van Lines will be reassembled.

Items will be unwrapped and placed on a flat surface such as a bench top or table top. 

We will assist with the removal of waste packing materials following delivery.

NZ Van Lines Movers Insurance

Moving from one location to another involves navigating many challenges, and one of them is concern for the safe transport of your household goods and personal effects.

NZ Van Lines provide a complete range of marine transit insurance options, while your possessions are under our care. You will have full protection for damages, partial or total loss, from the moment our packers arrive at your home, until you take delivery and are unpacked, at your destination.

Secure storage solutions

NZ Van Lines provides a broad range of storage solutions for both short and long-term requirements. We can assist with secure and affordable options in either New Zealand or South Africa before or after your household goods are shipped to South Africa.

our standards and accrediations

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FIDI is the world’s largest global alliance of international moving and relocation companies, with members in over 100 countries. All FIDI affiliated companies have one thing in common: their high level of quality service - and we prove it.

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IAM (The International Association of Movers) is the moving and forwarding industry's largest global trade association. With more than 2,000 members, it comprises companies that provide moving, forwarding, shipping and logistics in over 170 countries.


OMNI (Overseas Moving Network International) is a network of the world's finest corporate moving and relocation companies operating on every continent. Represented worldwide by companies that have demonstrated the excellence of their service, market influence, financial security and innovation.


NZOMA (New Zealand Overseas Movers Association) is a national organisation for members who are quality accredited with a global industry specific standard, whose objectives include delivering high professional, financial, ethical, operational standards, and leadership for the New Zealand international moving industry.

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