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The categories in this section covers the most common aspects of planning, preparing, investing and/or moving to the province. They are designed to be informative in a simple and straightforward manner. We cannot stress enough the need to appreciate the implications, logistics and cultural issues when  trying to fulfill your dream. While much of the information is based on requirement some of the guidance and detail has come from our own experience.Companies included are reputable and promoted mainly based on our own experience.

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  • Zumpt's Non-Resident Survival Guide

    Bishops Move - Removals Description

    There are many International shipping companies based in the UK and it can be difficult to know which one to choose. Many if not all will have a tie up in Cape Town with a local removal company. You might be surprised how many moves to Cape Town some companies do !

    We were very pleased with the service we recieved from Bishops Move, a family owned company with over 145 years experience. these were recommended to us by friends who moved to Cyprus.


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    PLEASE NOTE - Something that may be worth your while...........If you are moving overseas you should not forget that certain products that you buy new in the UK , say TV, HI FI, White Goods etc ,that will be shipped abroard with your personal effects, you can claim the VAT back from the shop or outlet. Providing that the shop that you purchased them from does Duty Free sales. The goods have to be delivered, unopened DIRECT to the shipper and are purchased within 90 days of actual ship departure. For a bit of time spent it can save you quite a bit of money.

    On arrival at the port of entry you container will be cleared through Customs. It may also be subject to a full inspection. The process is generally supported by your shipping forwarding agent / removal company.
    There are extra fees to be paid with this process such as Customs disbursements and Forwarding Agent fees such as release and admin fees. Approx costs for a 20 ft Container is R2000 and R3500 for a 40 ft container.
    Finally there is VAT to pay on the approximate second hand value of your household goods in the container. This rate is 50% of the value and is refundable when you become a Permanent Resident, or leave the country. If you can prove to Customs that you have made an application to become a Permanent Resident, no import duty will be payable.

    Ask Bishops Move or your Shipper for specific information that applies to you.