Shipping to South Africa: The Definitive eCommerce Guide

This guide is designed to show you everything you need to know about setting up your shipping strategy in South Africa. Unlock your growth, by utilizing our tools and expertise, in serving millions of shipments to South Africa and beyond.

South Africa

South Africa eCommerce Facts & Figures

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Shipping Rates & Couriers to South Africa

Easyship offers a wide range of couriers & services that ship to South Africa. Link your own courier account, or use our pre-negotiated rates to show the fastest, cheapest and best value deliver options for every customer.

South Africa Shipping Tips & Information

Get helpful South Africa shipping tips & information. Find out about public holidays and non-working days before you ship.

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Top courier services when shipping to South Africa include, Aramex - Parcel, USPS First Class International & Hong Kong Post - AirMailTracking.

When shipping to South Africa, ensure you pack shipments securely. See our guide .

Popular eCommerce platforms in South Africa are eBay , Shopify & Magento .

Payment methods used by South Africa are Debit card & credit card

Some merchants in South Africa provide free shipping to consumers.

Saturday and Sunday are considered non-working days. You may experience delays for your shipments on these days.

Public holidays are also considered as non-working days. Please refer to the country's official Public Holiday page for specific holiday dates.

South Africa Import Tax & Custom Fees

The taxation for a particular country depends on the local GST/VAT, as well as the item category and its declared value. The tax & duty threshold is the amount at which a person begins paying taxes based on the declared value of an item.

South Africa calculates using the CIF method, which means the import duty and taxes are calculated based on the value of the imported goods as well as shipping costs. Click here to learn how to calculate customs charges or use our calculator to see fees.

Duties & Tax Details For South Africa

Currency: South African rand (ZAR)

Calculation Method: CIF

Tax & duties are calculated on the price of the products and shipping costs

Tax Threshold: 500 ZAR

Tax (VAT/GST): 14%

Duty Threshold: 500 ZAR

Import Duty Product Categories

Shipment items in an order will have relevant duties charged at this rate

Mobiles

0 %

Tablets

0 %

Computers

0 %

Cameras

0 %

Accessories

0 %

Accessories (Battery)

0 %

Health & Beauty

20 %

Fashion

45 %

Watches

0 %

Jewelry

0 %

Pets Accessories

5 %

Dry Food & Supplements

5 %

Home Appliances

0 %

Home Gardening

20 %

Toys

0 %

Sports

0 %

Luggage

30 %

Audio Video

0 %

Documents

0 %

Gaming

0 %

Books & Collectibles

0 %

We try our best to keep this information as accurate as possible, but this information is liable to change at any time.

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Shipping Documents

Shipping Documentation to South Africa

Shipping internationally requires a lot of documentation, which can be confusing and time consuming. Easyship generates this paperwork for you automatically based on your shipment's information, making the whole process easy.

Commercial Invoice

Battery Statement

Tax Documents & Shipping labels

South Africa Customs: Shipping Restrictions & Prohibited Items

Confused on South Africa customs and regulations? Before shipping to South Africa (or any country), it's important to know if there are any special arrangements to make when sending them or even if they are legal at all. Get shipping regulations for South Africa and other countries at Easyship.

Prohibited Items

  • Alcohol

  • Animals

  • Chemicals

  • Currency

  • Drugs

  • Explosives

  • Firearms

  • Fresh Food

  • Plants

  • Seeds

  • Tobacco

The list of restricted items changes frequently, so it's always best to check the official customs page prior to sending your goods.

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