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Parcel Delivery and Courier Services to South Africa

For cheap parcel delivery to South Africa, ipostparcels is the only courier service you’ll need. We’ll get your parcel there easily, safely and quickly from only £18.86 (ex VAT).

See how much it will cost to deliver your parcels to South Africa by entering the weight and dimensions into the quote box. 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.

Send a Parcel to South Africa

Delivery Time: 3-4 days by Air

Price: From £18.86 exc VAT (£22.63 inc VAT)

We collect from your door | Send up to 25kg | Free £50 contents cover included as standard | Extended contents cover available up to £1,000 | Save £1.25 by dropping off at one of our 50+ depots

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3-4 day express (by Air)

From £18.86* (ex VAT)

Prohibited Items:

Firearms, furs, ivory, precious metals and more

(Click to see other prohibited items)

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*From pricing based on 0.5KG parcel with 10cmx10cmx10cm dimensions. Pricing varies depending on weights and dimensions.  

Delivering to South Africa from the UK

To all cities including;

Cape Town, Johannesbury, 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 ipostparcels 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 getting your parcel delivered and 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.

Why ipostparcels?

  • Convenient Collection– From home or work
  • Free £50 cover – Additional cover can be added
  • Online Tracking – Track your parcel throughout its journey
  • Delivery Notifications – For both you and your recipient
  • No queues – We collect from your door

How long will it take?

Using our courier service 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 recipients 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.

Please note - public holidays in 2018 which may affect delivery times to South Africa:
Jan 1 / Mar 21, 30 / Apr 2, 27 / May 1 / Jun 16 / Jul 2 / Aug 9 / Sep 24 / Dec 17, 25, 26

How much is it going to cost?  

At ipostparcels we believe our prices for economy and express parcel delivery to South Africa are some of the lowest around. Take a look below for our current costs.

  Smaller Sized Parcels 10x10x10cm  

  Medium Sized Parcels 30x30x30cm  


£21.29* (ex VAT)


£40.03* (ex VAT)


£39.68* (ex VAT)


£40.03* (ex VAT)


£56.73* (ex VAT)


£56.73* (ex VAT)


£111.69* (ex VAT)


£111.69* (ex VAT)

* from prices are depot drop off and delivery economy service, prices exclude VAT
** price as quoted on 30.11.17

Do I need to deal with South African Customs?

For any parcel heading outside of the EU, 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 ipostparcels, 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?

Whensending 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.

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


Restricted and Prohibited Goods


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 drugs

South African bank notes in excess of R5000


Fully automatic weapons, weapons of mass destruction

Gold coins, unprocessed gold, coin and stamp collections


Explosives and fireworks Cigarettes with a mass of more than 2 kilogram per 1000


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

Please be aware that when sending a parcel, gift or other items to South Africa with ipostparcels, we also have our own prohibited items list which must be observed.

How to package parcels to South Africa

As your parcel will be taking 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

ipostparcels 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.

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 ipostparcels. 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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Did you know?

South Africa is the only country in the world to have two Nobel peace prize winners who lived in houses on the same street - Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu – which is pretty impressive from a population of around 52 million. About one fifth of all gold in the world comes from South Africa.



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