If you have goods to send to South Africa then get in touch with Mercator Cargo today. We have been exporting goods to South Africa for many years and are well versed in the ins and outs of shipping to South Africa. We generally deal with containers or pallets to South Africa rather than small parcels or packages. But get in touch, as even if your shipment is small, we may be able to palletise it.
We have a partner agent based in South Africa, who handles all our customs clearance and deliveries locally. Mercator Cargo is rather special for this reason. We are a founding member of the international network of independent freight forwarders Marco Polo Line (MPL). We have partner agents in almost every country in the world who handle our shipments once they’ve reached their destination country. These agents are tried and tested (MPL do not just let anyone join without checking and monitoring) so you can rest assured your cargo is in safe hands.
Even if your shipment is smaller than a full container, it might be worth considering a 20 foot container to send to South Africa, or arrange a groupage shipment. ‘Groupage’ is where lots of smaller shipments are loaded into a shared shipping container, this can reduce costs (rather than paying for a full container shipment). If loading for a groupage shipment, we may advise for your cargo to be palletised, as generally palletised cargo is less likely to be damaged during handling.
It might be worth noting that for groupage shipments, cost is calculated on a volume and weight basis, whereas shipping a full container to South Africa is on a per unit basis. Sea freight containers take around 23 days to sail to Cape Town, or 28 days to arrive in Durban.
Give one of our export team a call today to discuss shipping a container (or groupage shipment) to South Africa from the UK and obtain a quotation – Tel. 02392 756 575. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.