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Ho do I take my Bike to South Africa

My wife and I are wanting to move to South Africa in the next year or so, and I would love to take my bike with me.
Does anybody know what I need to know and what it entails, who to trust moving it, what it could cost and what about once it's there, do I need to pay some kind of tax or something?
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In the past (couple of years ago) immigrants were allowed to take along their motor vehicle tax-free into S.A. But times may have changed, so the best would be to inform yourself at the S.A. Embassy in London.

For a limited period of time you may of course import your bike on a carnet basis. Here the Automobile Association would be the best contact. There are lots of posts regarding carnets etc. here on the HUBB.

The cheapest way of transport is via seafreight, but harbour fees on top of the freight charge are quite annoying. Airfreight is more expensive, but easier to organise. Just as reference: I paid 1,300 Euros for airfreighting my bike from Munich to Cape Town last year.

It probably would be the least hassle if you buy a bike in S.A. and sell it, when leaving the country.

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