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If you’re looking for a removal service to or from South Africa, choose Matthew James. As the experts in International removals to South Africa, you are in safe hands.

From full relocations to shared loads, baggage and even single items; let Matthew James take the stress out of your move.



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At Matthew James Removals we have the local knowledge and industry experience to handle all of your relocation needs, wherever in South Africa you choose to move. With 3 generations of experience, a customised vehicle fleet and frequent services, you can be sure you’re in the most capable hands for your removals to South Africa.

Reasons to relocate to South Africa with Matthew James…

  • Complete door to door service
  • Export wrapping and packing services
  • Unpacking and re-assembly services
  • International shipping inventory
  • Dedicated and groupage consignments
  • Customs clearance assistance
  • International deep sea insurance cover
  • 3 generations of experience
  • Customised vehicle fleet
  • Bespoke crating
  • IAM, ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 accredited
  • Superior quality packing materials
  • All loads inventoried by our own staff
  • Meticulous attention to detail

Shipping abroad can be complex with each country’s customs requirements and local regulations being different. The precise cost for shipping or air freight will depend on the exact size (and sometimes the weight) of your consignment.

We recommend air freight if you require your effects promptly. If you wish to ship most or all of your household effects we recommend the use of a dedicated container for your house removal to South Africa.

For smaller shipments, we recommend our part load (groupage) service as the most practical and cost effective option. The exact price will depend on the cubic capacity, container size, and service required. Part loads will be returned to our warehouse for consolidation and loading. Full load containers can be loaded directly at your home if the access allows.

Our export packing service provides a detailed inventory for customs and is suitable for use with ‘all risk’ marine insurance cover.

Regular services to South Africa…

At Matthew James Removals we offer regular removal services to and from South Africa, throughout the year. From dedicated removals to shared-loads or even single items, we offer a service to meet your requirements. Our expertise, know-how, local knowledge and specialist vehicles make us the obvious choice for moving to South Africa.


Our company has been accredited to ISO 9001 and ISO 14001. We are members of IAM (International Association of Movers), the world’s largest trade association for the global moving industry.

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Covering an area of over 1.2m square kilometres, South Africa is situated on the southern tip of Africa and is bordered by Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Namibia, Botswana and Mozambique. As well as its world famous nature reserves, South Africa also boasts many great cities – Cape Town, Durban, Johannesburg and Pretoria being the biggest.

South Africa has a population of nearly 57 million people. It is a country rich in cultures, languages, religions and nationalities. As a result, South Africa is an exceptionally cosmopolitan country and people from all over the world have chosen to make it their new home. The high standard of living and associated low costs attract many expats looking to make their money go further than it does in most western countries. Another of South Africa’s most attractive features is its climate. The Atlantic and Indian Oceans surround South Africa to the east, south and west so expatriates moving to South Africa can expect a warm, temperate climate in most regions. This is especially the case around the Cape area and western parts of the country where expats would be forgiven for thinking they had relocated to the Mediterranean!

If you are a UK citizen you are able to visit South Africa for up to 90 days without a visa. However, if you intend to remain in the country longer you will have to apply for a visa. Further information on visas visit the South African Department of Home Affairs website. Schooling is mandatory in South Africa from the ages of 7 to 15. There are many outstanding state schools throughout South Africa as well as an abundance of excellent international schools that are mainly located in the cities. For more information on education as well as health, taxation and driving licences visit the official South African government website.


Cape Town  –  Northern Suburbs, Southern Suburbs, False Bay (Muizenberg, Fish Hoek, Simonstown) , Helderberg (Gordon’s Bay, Strand, Somerset West).

Durban  –  Umhlanga, Hillcrest, Waterfront

Pretoria  –  Waterkloof Ridge, Waterkloo, Brooklyn

Jonannesburg – Fourways, Midrand, Bryanston, Sandton, Randburg and Ferndale, Melville, Northcliff, Greenside, Parktown and Rosebank, Bedfordview

Port Elizabeth – Summerstrand, Humewood, Walmer, Nahoon, Bunkers Hill, Selborne

The below areas are also within our relocation and removal service areas;

Bloemfontein – Nelspruit – Kimberley – Polokwane – Pietermaritzburg

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