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Moving to South Africa

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Moving to South Africa

If you are planning to move from Chester, North Wales or Wirral to Johannesburg, Durban or Cape Town, South Africa, Britannia Cestrian have the experience and professionalism for you.

Shipping to South Africa

Moving all of your worldly possessions from country to country can be a difficult and stressful time, however with Britannia Cestrian, you know you and your belongings are in safe hands. We will fully pack and export wrap all of your belongings, collect them from your house and deliver them to your new home in South Africa, with very little effort on your behalf. We will even complete all customs clearance and unpack you goods where you want them.

Here at Britannia, we are able to offer multiple options for your overseas removal, varying from a single suitcase, a prized motor vehicle or a full 5 bedroom house. There is nothing too small or too big for Britannia Cestrian to handle.


Full 20 ft. or 40 ft. Container Shipment

There are 3 main container sizes, known as “20 ft.”, “40 ft.” and “40 ft. H.C.”. These tend to be used for full house moves and will be dropped at your door and loaded, if this is your preferred method. Alternatively, your goods can be collected from your property and brought into our warehouse, where they will be carefully loaded into the relevant shipping container when you wish and the container will be sent on its way. The next time you see the container will be when it has cleared customs and been delivered to your door in South Africa. This is usually approximately 5-7 weeks from collection to delivery, subject to your preferences and customs clearance.


Groupage Consignments

Should you not wish to send enough goods to fill a container, there is a groupage shipping option. This is, quite simply, a shared container service and as you would imagine takes a while longer than a sole use container. The positive is that this option is generally cheaper than having a container for your belongings alone. This usually takes approximately 8-12 weeks from collection to delivery, subject to customs clearance and consolidating with our other consignments.


International Packing/Wrapping Service and Bar-code Labelling

The most important part of the removal process is the packing and protecting of all of your belongings. Britannia Cestrian pride ourselves on the care we take with regards to the packing and wrapping of your most cherished items. All small items will be bubble-wrapped and place carefully into industrial strength packing materials. Each item will have its own bar-code and every single one will be checked off at both collection and delivery, ensuring the safe transport of your sentimental goods.


Customs Clearance in South Africa

Customs generally takes 7-10 days to clear and you must be present in South Africa or your consignment will not clear. There are many regulations with regards to taking belongings to South Africa, including many strict restrictions. Here at Britannia, we endeavour to make your removal as simple a process as possible. With this in mind, please see our downloadable break down of customs regulations for guidance.

Delivery in South Africa

Britannia have managed to build a business relationship, over the years, with many overseas agents, who will bring the belongings to your new home and completely unpack on to any flat surface, as required. You will find that your goods have been treated with the care and respect required in such a complicated process, ensuring all of your goods arrive in the same condition as they left in.

Additional Services

Britannia Cestrian have over 40 years experience with safely taking countless families to the beautiful country of South Africa. Over this time, they have endeavoured to assist with any necessity with regards to overseas removals, these include International Pet Transport and International Currency Transfers.


Further Details

For further information, please see the video above, the downloadable brochure or contact the office on 01244 521 950 and arrange a FREE, NO OBLIGATION QUOTATION.

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Mike Cairns
Mike Cairns
08:50 09 Oct 20
I first used Britannia in 2011, very professional and competitive then and equally so now in 2020. Exceptional... inter-personal skills of "Movers" gained from many years insight into peoples lives, are much appreciated and I note being passed on to Apprentices. Britannia at its best during stressful times with Covid on more
Maxine Hough
Maxine Hough
16:07 08 Oct 20
We used Britannia Cestrian on 1st Sept for our house move from Chester. They were very professional and efficient from... start to finish. We were visited by them under strict covid rules in order to gain an understanding of our requirements and to provide a quote and were dealt with as human beings throughout the process. Delivery of packing materials was timely and when I ran out of packing paper (I packed myself due to covid restrictions) they were on the ball sending more out. We had a provisional date which kept moving but along the way they did their best to help us. Finally moving day arrived and the removers were just outstanding. I am so glad we got the professionals in. On arrival at our new property everything was left clean and tidy and not one item was damaged. Our clothes were even hung in the wardrobe. All in all a very positive experience during a very stressful time. Thank you all very much. Huge thumbs up from us. 👍read more
Ruth Maguire
Ruth Maguire
11:10 15 Mar 20
The 2 men who came on Tuesday 25th worked hard and efficiently all day but still left a fair mount of packing for the... following day. On the day of the move, Wednesday 26th, completion of the sale was finalised by 11am but we couldn't vacate the premises until 1pm due to the amount still to be packed. The addition of a 3rd man did little to help and in fact the quality of packing he did was hurried and not up to standard. Overall we would recommend more
Alan Fryer
Alan Fryer
16:10 18 Dec 19
We chose Britannia as they seemed the most professional of the three removal companies that we approached. They were... clearly experienced in moving long distances across the country. They did not disappoint. The removal men could not have been more helpful or considerate. Our new house does not have the easiest of access but they coped admirably. I would thoroughly recommend them - indeed we have done do to our nephew and his wife who are moving south more
Susannah Hill
Susannah Hill
11:26 20 Nov 19
I would highly recommend Britannia Cestrian. They have assisted me with various library moves over the last few years... within in Cheshire including Storyhouse and more recently in Flintshire. They are highly organised and handle the book stock and specialist items with real care. They are always helpful and professional and nothing is ever too much trouble. The company will help you plan your move to ensure that everything runs smoothly. A top class service and real value for money!read more
Shooting Star .
Shooting Star .
15:50 27 Sep 19
I have always received great service from this company. I have used them on several occasions, both for removals and... storage. They are always polite, friendly, helpful and professional. I have moved several times and the guys have always been punctual and very careful with my belongings. The storage side of the business is also great. The price for my container was very reasonable and it was stored in a clean, dry and secure environment. Whenever I have had cause to email the office, my mails have been answered quickly and politely at all times. I wouldn't use anyone else and highly recommend them. more
Peter Palmer
Peter Palmer
07:42 02 Aug 19
My wife and I were very happy with the service provided right from the first contact with the request for a quote to... the offer to collect the boxes and packing materials after we have finally moved into our new home. Special mention needs to be made for the driver who was loading and unloading during the hottest days of the year. He was courteous, considerate and friendly at all times. He and the team coped very well with the move into our fourth floor flat - they were careful not cause any marks to the recently refurbished entrance foyer for the block of more
Mike Reynolds
Mike Reynolds
09:21 27 Jul 19
Used Britannia for the first time a couple of weeks ago. Very happy all round, good contact with head office when... needed, lads were very cheerful and helpful. They really struggled with a wardrobe refusing to fit around staircase. eventually they stripped it down to smaller sections to complete the move. Would definitely recommend to any more
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