We offer some of the cheapest shipping to South Africa for international packages.
Home to over 52 million people South Africa sits at the most southerly tip of the African continent and is considered to be the largest economic force in the region. South Africa both produces and consumes vast amounts of energy, and the nation is also a mecca for tourism, with vast natural resources and beautiful landscapes.
The upper-middle-income economy is quite advanced, but despite this retailers were originally sceptical about whether e-commerce would ever become a big thing in South Africa, because of the high barrier of entry but today e-commerce is booming. With the abundance of choice online, consumers have become more demanding and will look to overseas markets and foreign sellers if the price is correct, and the shipping is available.
DHL South Africa
We have a number of DHL shipping options for you to use when you have a package to ship to South Africa.
DHL eCommerce is our leading service when it comes to price, for shipping from the US to South Africa. You can book this tracked mail service online and drop off your package at your local USPS Post Office. Slower than Express options, it is cheaper DHL product designed to break the barrier of cross-border shipping and is frequently purchased through our shipping marketplace.
We also offer DHL Express to South Africa, but when it comes to best value express shipping, USA Express International is a great option. Collected by FedEx, and shipped to South Africa by DHL your package will be delivered in 2-5 days. You can make additional savings by selecting the drop off version too.
Shipping to South Africa with the USPS
USPS Post Offices are located in more places than FedEx and UPS drop off stores combined, which is the reason why many shippers prefer to use USPS shipping for its convenience. We offer Priority Mail or the even quicker Express version through our shipping marketplace.
We also offer FedEx through our international marketplace using an International Drop Off option and they will ship your package to South Africa in just 2-5 working days.
Delivery services for online shopping in South Africa
Consumers in South Africa, the majority of whom are women aged between 18 to 39, in cities such as Cape Town and Johannesburg are ordering goods from abroad frequently and often want to track the parcel to delivery, which is something we can provide, should you place an order on our global shipping marketplace. eCommerce may not be the only reason you need to send a parcel to South Africa for, gifts are sent, whilst expats may need to be able to ship parcels home. Parcel volume increases for cultural celebrations plus there is an endless list of common reasons for sending goods to this vast and impressive country.
When sending parcels to South Africa it is important to provide a South African personal identification number on the customs invoice so customs can review where the parcel is going to and can also collect payment of any customs duty more easily.
Take note of the important Customs Information when sending a parcel to South Africa
Standard regulations for sending to South Africa mean the following information must be provided on customs documents for parcels being shipped to South Africa. A South African personal identification number is a 13-digit number containing only numeric characters, and no whitespace, punctuation, or alpha characters.
It is defined as YYMMDDSSSSCAZ:YYMMDD represents the date of birth (DoB )SSSS is a sequence number registered with the same birth date (where females are assigned sequential numbers in the range 0000 to 4999 and males from 5000 to 9999) C is the citizenship with 0 if the person is an SA citizen, 1 if the person is a permanent resident A is 8 or 9. Prior to 1994, this number was used to indicate the holder's race Z is a checksum digit. Using ID Number 8001015009087 as an example, it would read as follows: The ID indicates that a male citizen was born on 1 January 1980; he was the 10th male to be registered (assuming that the first male to be registered on that day would be assigned the sequence number 5000).
If the recipient is not an SA resident their national insurance number or alternatively their passport number will be required.