South Africa Shipping

Specialists in South Africa vehicle shipping to and from


Seabrook Cargo Services is a global shipping company specializing in shipping all types of vehicles around the world. Our South African branch is based in Cape Town (CPT) where we facilitate all our shipments.

We work with many individual South African’s who are either returning to our country or emigrating. For the individuals, we are knowledgeable of the regulations pertaining to your private vehicle shipments. If you are returning from the UK and want to bring your car back, Seabrook SA will be able to assist with a door to door shipping service. If you are planning on relocating to Australia, then we can arrange the necessary documentation to ensure that your vehicle arrives safely and timeously at its destination.

Our popular shipping routes for SA are:

We have shipments moving to these destinations between 1 and 4 times a month which means we are primed to ship your cargo quickly with established routes. Our reciprocal branches are on the other end to take care of your cargo.

CPT to UK – We move most vehicles from Cape Town, where we obtain the necessary permits for export. We mostly ship to the ports of Southampton, Felixstowe and London Gateway.

SA to Europe – there are many available ports, however, we focus our efforts mainly on the ports of Antwerp in Brussels and Rotterdam in the Netherlands. From here, we can then arrange land movement of your vehicle to its final destination, be it in Germany, Switzerland, France, Spain etc.

South Africa to Australia – SA Citizens emigrating to Australia are taking their vehicles with them. Seabrook Cargo Services ships from South Africa, either from the Port of Durban for RoRo (Roll on, Roll off) shipments, or mainly from the port of Cape Town where we send vehicles in containers to Sydney Port, the Port of Melbourne, the Port of Brisbane as well as Freemantle Ports. We move cars, bakkies, SUVs, classic and vintage cars, boats, bikes and even car parts to Australia.

Cape Town to New Zealand – We have wide variety of vehicles being transported to NZ: from scrap cars going over as building projects, sail and power yachts for recreation, motorhomes for holiday trips and, of course, many cars being exported to NZ or imported into SA.

RSA to Africa – we ship all over Africa with our popular destinations including Ghana, Nigeria, Togo, Angola, Cotonou, Algiers, Mauretania, Senegal, Côte D ‘Ivoire, Mauritius and Mozambique.

South Africa Vehicle shipping services:

We offer two types of shipping.

RoRo – This is Roll on Roll Off whereby your vehicle, be it a car, boat or motorhome is transported onto the vessels deck to be transported across oceans. This method mostly runs in and out of the Port of Durban and has a reputation for being cost effective in relation to container shipping, however this is not always the case. We mainly use this method of shipping when the vehicle is too large to fit inside a container.

Containerized Shipping – this is Seabrook Cargo Services’s specialty. We are industry experts in loading all types of vehicles into containers. Our rates for container shipping are very attractive and competitive in comparison to RoRo. We ship vehicles in 20FT as well as Forty foot containers, and 45” High Cube containers.

Seabrook Cargo Services ships all types of vehicles:

Cars – sedans, SUVs, bakkies, sportscars, classic cars, vintage cars, race cars, overlander type 4×4’s, trucks and car parts.

An honour is Seabrook Cape Town being featured by the countries largest and oldest standing motoring magazine, Car Magazine.

Mobile Homes – caravans, campervans, motorhomes, RVs, campers and winnebagos.

Bikes – motorbikes, scramblers, superbikes, scooters, dirt bikes, touring bikes and classic / vintage collectables.

Boats – we move all manner of boats from yachts, catamarans, ski boats, sailboats, watercrafts and fishing boats.

Agricultural Equipment – tools, machinery, rigging, farming, cultivation, harvesting. If its big, we’ve got you covered.

LCL – We provide you with various options for LCL Shipping: Less Than a Container Load. You have the option of shipping your personal effects and household goods along with your car shipment and parts. We are primed to offer you great ocean freight rates on LCL.

Personal Affects – technically speaking, vehicles fall under personal affects. These are items that one would ship alongside their household contents. We can assist our clients with small LCL goods alongside their vehicles or FCL (Full container loads) where your vehicle is secured along with all personal items. 20FT and 40FT containers are the most common for these moves. We can assist you in the entire process from start to finish so you personal belongings arrive safely to your new home.

Your trusted partner in vehicle shipping

Paperwork for South African Vehicle Shipping:

Seabrook Cargo Services will ensure smooth sailing of the administration associated with shipping your vehicle.

We simply require some basic information and we will attend to all of the necessary paperwork that is required for shipping.

It is paramount that all the paperwork be in order before the shipping of your vehicle.

The first step is to determine whether the vehicle can be transported to your required destination. We can then arrange an import permit for the vehicle.

We have great experience with a host of regular ports and routes (UK, Europe, Australia, NZ, UAE, USA and Africa) and we can advise you about many more. The benefit with using Seabrook is that we have reciprocal branches meaning you are dealing with one company from start to finish…of particular importance when clearing vehicles on the other side knowing the country’s import regulations, duties and customs.

Once this initial phase is known, confirmed and complete, we can then proceed with the South African vehicle shipping process.

An overview of a typical example of shipping a car from South Africa to the United Kingdom – SA vehicle Export:

  1. Scenario: British citizen / expat moving back to the UK who wants to take their vehicle with OR SA citizen relocating to the UK wanting to transport their vehicle there.
  2. Process: Contact us in the early stages to find out what you need to know and do.
  3. Paperwork: We will need the following paperwork from you to get the process rolling.
    1. ID and Passport
    2. Vehicle registration papers
    3. Confirmation of your address in both countries.
    4. Bill of Sale or Purchase invoice for your vehicle.
  4. Export Permit for your vehicle
    1. To obtain an export permit, your vehicle must undergo a Police Clearance, Micro Dotting and traffic registration paperwork.
    2. We can complete this whole process for you but we require your vehicle to do so.
  5. Then we can start the application process.
  6. Once this paperwork has been approved, we can complete a SARS DA 185 on your behalf and then we are issued an ITAC Export Permit.
  7. Now we are ready to ship.
  8. On our end, there is still much to do, however for the client, their admin towards this process is complete.

This may all sound like a lot of trouble, but with our help, we can assure smooth sailing.

  • We provide you with all the information and costs upfront so there are no hidden costs.
  • We can arrange part of the process or the entire shipping process from door to door.
  • Our trusted service will provide you with reliable shipping that ensures your vehicle arrives timeously and safely.

Seabrook Cargo Services has over 30 years of experience in the shipping industry…we specialize in shipping vehicles. Let us take care of shipment and deliver it to you safely.

Seabrook South Africa handles numerous types of local relocations for all manner of vehicles.

Because our warehouses and loading facility is based in Cape Town, we move vehicles around the country to this central location. Now you may be asking yourself why would you have your car sent from Durban to Cape Town when Durban has SA’s largest Port? The most cost effective method for shipping vehicles is container sharing. Seabrook SA focuses alot of attention on ensuring that there are regular routes to our reciprocal branches around the globe, and consequently we are able to provide our clients with the best per unit rates for vehicle shipping in containers. Read more about the benefits of Container Shipping for Vehicles here.

This means that we are constantly relocating cars, bikes, boats, motorhomes, caravans, trailers, trucks, agricultural equipment and trailers from around the country to our CPT Depo. We are vehicle shipping specialists. This means that we have set up trusted key strategic partnerships, with many companies, to facilitate our many requirements when moving vehicles: big or small. We understand your needs as a customer and as such, we have gone to great lengths to ensure that we make use of the correct type of shipment to suit your vehicle . Handling a very low race car is different to a supercar which is different to a vintage car which differs from a non-runner classic car which varies from an Overlander. Each type of vehicle presents its own unique challenges – something you need not worry about. What is important is that we make this process hassle free for you, cost effective and can reassure you with peace of mind. Every step of the way, our movements are documented and monitored to enable feedback for our clients and to minimize any risk factors. There are various insurances in place and its best to speak to us directly to find out how this relates to your vehicle.

So, if you are shipping with us and we are sending your vehicle out of the Cape Town Port, then either take a lovely scenic drive down to the Cape, holiday and drop your vehicle off with us, or allow us to move your vehicle for you. Once your vehicle arrives, we take great care of it – see our vehicle storage here.

Contact our sales team for more information and the best rates and personal service for South African Vehicle shipping.

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