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Send a parcel to South Africa

For cheap parcel delivery to South Africa, DHL Parcel UK is the only courier service you’ll need. We’ll get your parcel there easily, safely and quickly from only £36.24* .

You can find out the cost of our parcel postage to South Africa by entering the weight and dimensions into our quote box above. Then when you’re ready to send, all you need to do is register (this only takes a few minutes) and provide us with the relevant collection and delivery details. There’s no minimum order amount, just use your account as and when you need to.

To all cities including; Cape Town, Johannesburg, Durban, Soweto, Port Elizabeth, Pretoria, Bentoni, Tembisa and more...

Sending a parcel to South Africa might sound like a challenge, given the distance, but with DHL Parcel UK you can rest assured the process will be affordable, simple and swift.

South Africa is a long way from the UK, but with countless parcels being sent along the 8,500 mile route every day, and putting in a little extra effort on packaging and documentation, there’s no need to worry about shipping to South Africa from the UK, your parcel will be delivered in good time.

There are some things to be aware of when sending items to South Africa; see the useful information on this page for assistance.

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2022 South Africa National Holidays



Saturday 1 January

New Year's Day

Monday 21 March

Human Rights Day

Friday 15 April

Good Friday

Monday 18 April

Family Day

Wednesday 27 April

Freedom Day

Monday 2 May

Workers' Day

Thursday 16 June

Youth Day

Tuesday 9 Aug

National Women's Day

Saturday 24 September

Heritage Day

Friday 16 December

Day of Reconciliation

Monday 26 December

Christmas Day

*Public holidays in South Africa may affect our estimated transit times.

Send a Cheap Parcel to South Africa

At DHL Parcel UK we believe our prices for economy road and worldwide air parcel delivery to South Africa are some of the lowest around.

Weight of parcel being delivered to South Africa Worldwide Air Prices
1kg £39.23* Book
5kg £63.15* Book
10kg £93.05* Book
25kg £182.75* Book

*Prices quoted in the table above are based on 10 x 10 x 10cm dimensions and all pricing quoted in this article is based on a Depot Drop off and Worldwide Air delivery from mainland UK to South Africa.


Using our UK courier service to South Africa allows you to book your parcels online for collection in the comfort of your own home. One of our drivers will collect them for you on the day of your choosing; it’s that simple!

Once our driver returns to the local depot, your parcel will be sorted and put on the first lorry to our international hub, then it’s off to South Africa.

Within 3-4 days you can expect your parcel to be in your recipient’s hand and signed for. It’s worth noting that while we make every effort to get your items delivered within these guidelines, it may take longer for your parcel to arrive as more remote locations may take a little longer, depending on where in the country your parcel is heading.

Do I need to deal with South African customs?

Whenever you send a parcel to South Africa from the UK, you’ll need to fill out a customs form. This tells the Customs Agents in South Africa about the contents of your package so they can process it correctly. When you send a parcel to South Africa from the UK, there are sometimes additional customs duties and import taxes that need to be paid.

All shipments to South Africa should be accompanied by the following documentation; a statement of the contents of the package, insurance documents and the actual value of the involved product.

Important:- sending personal effects to South Africa requires a full inventory of contents and an expected 3-4 day delay at customs.

When you book your delivery with DHL Parcel UK, we will provide you with all the correct forms you need to help your parcel through South African customs. Completing and providing these documents is down to the sender. If your parcel requires a permit these are issued by the South African Department of Trade. More detailed information is available via the South African Revenue Service website.

HM Revenue & Customs has more information on tax and customs considerations for South Africa.

What items can't I send to South Africa?

When sending parcels to South Africa, it’s important to know about the prohibitions and restrictions. It’s vital to ensure that your parcel’s contents will be accepted into the country, if not this will result in additional charges to return the parcel to you, or possibly the destruction of your parcel.

South Africa forbids some types of goods from importation completely.

For further information, or further clarification please refer to the South African Post Office or the Universal Postal Union website.

Some examples of items you can’t send to South Africa include:



Illegal and dangerous


Dairy products

Poison and other toxic substances

Endangered species of plants or wildlife

Eggs and poultry

Narcotic, psychotropic substances and habit forming drigs

South African bank notes in excess of R5000


Fully automatic weapons, weapons of mass destruction

Gold coins, unprocessed gold, coin and stamp collection
Honey Explosives and fireworks Cigarettes with a mass of more than kilogram per 1000

*Please be aware that we also have our own prohibited items list, in addition to country-specific restrictions.

How to package parcels to South Africa

Postage to South Africa requires quite a long journey through several depots with automated sorting machines, be sure to make extra effort to package your items well and use internal packing material to cushion the inside of your parcel. Take a look at our packaging advice here.

DHL Parcel UK can transport parcels up to 25kg in weight and 80x80x80cm max in size – though we strongly recommend you use a strong outer box and don’t overfill it, regardless of the dimensions of your parcel. If you’d like further advice on packaging, take a look at our handy International packaging guide for tips to get everything there soundly.

The benefits

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How safe will my parcel be?

As long as you adhere to the restricted and prohibited items list and South African customs regulations, you don’t need to worry about your parcel when you send with DHL Parcel UK. But to help with any concerns you have, our free online parcel tracking system will let you keep tabs on your parcel throughout its entire journey, from collection to delivery.

We also provide £50 free extended cover on your parcel, and you can choose to add extra cover for more valuable items should you wish.

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