Organising an international move is no easy task. It is very important to do your research before choosing an international mover so we decided to help you out!
As experts in the moving industry, we were able to put together a list of the top international moving companies in South Africa so you can compare their services and reviews before choosing the best one for your needs. We also outline if they are members of any accredited moving networks so you can make an informed decision for your move.
Understanding the costs of a move abroad is essential, as well as picking the right international mover. Have a look at our page for more information about international moving costs, and the factors that you need to take into account when budgeting for your move.
Finally, in no particular order, here are Sirelo’s top ranked international movers in South Africa!
Elliott Mobility was founded in 1947 and have branches across South Africa that specialise in moves all over the globe. You will work closely with their experienced staff so that the whole moving process is managed and you have all the services you require.
Services: They offer many services, including but not limited to, art transport, storage facilities as well as help with moving your pets and vehicles.
Reviews: Elliott receives very high rated reviews on several online platforms such as Hellopeter and have a score of 7.2 out of 10 on their Sirelo profile.
Associations: As you can see below, Elliott Mobility is also a member of many moving associations including:
Being a member of OMNI means that they are part of an independently verified service and professional worldwide network of some of the best services in the industry.
Biddulphs is one of few international movers who can claim to be one of the largest independent international removal companies in South Africa. They have been moving families since 1928 and offer a wide range of services. Being South Africa’s largest independent international mover, they have completed over 250,000 international moves. With 88 years’ experience, Biddulphs have the expertise and experience to move your belongings abroad safely.
Services: They offer a wide range of services like domestic and international moves as well as the transport of pets, vehicles, art and pianos.
Reviews: Biddulphs receives high ratings on multiple review platforms such as Hellopeter and they have scored 8.3 out of 10 on their Sirelo profile.
Associations: Being members of FIDI mean Biddulphs complies with over 200 quality requirements. Biddulphs is also a part of:
Magna-Thomson were first established in 1990 by Dave Buchanan and John Giles who created Magna International movers, while Thomson International Movers was established in 1987 by Robin and Trevor Thomson. Combining decades of experience at both companies, they merged in 2008 into the company that it is now. With offices in in Johannesburg, Durban, Cape Town and Pietermaritzburg, Magna-Thomson are able to collect and pack from anywhere in South Africa.
Services: Their services range from the transport of your pets and moving vehicles to any country in the world, to packing services and storage facilities.
Reviews: Magna-Thomson has reviews that average to 4 stars on several independent review platforms including international movers reviews and they scored 8 out of 10 on their Sirelo profile.
Associations: Having a membership with PMA and FIDI means their removal services follow high standards. They are also members of SAIMA, IAM and BAR.
Stuttaford Van Lines was first established in 1857, and are now one of the biggest international movers in South Africa. They will create a plan that is created around you which meets your needs and is aimed at providing support and guiding you during the process of moving abroad. Stuttaford have also launched storage facilities for their customers including self-storage, mobile storage as well as short and long term storage.
Services: Other services Stuttaford offer are fine art transport, as well as vehicles and pet transportation.
Reviews: Take a look at some of Stuttaford’s review ratings, with most reaching 4 stars on Facebook and Hellopeter. They have a rating of 8.2 out of 10 on their Sirelo profile.
Associations: They were one of the first movers in Africa to become FAIM accredited, by FIDI, which ensures customers that the service they receive is of the highest quality. Stuttaford are also accredited by Professional Movers Association (PMA) and Overseas Moving Network International (OMNI).
Advance Worldwide Removals have over 86 years of experience and have created a worldwide network which guarantees a door-to-door service. With specialised packing and crating, your personal belongings can be transported safely to over 170 countries.
Services: Some of the services that Advance Worldwide Removals offer include:
- Wine shipment
- Pet transport
- Antique transport
- Vehicles transport
Reviews: They receive an average rating of 9.6 out of 10 on their Sirelo profile. They also have 4 star reviews from other online platforms such as international mover reviews and africabz.com
Associations: You will be happy to know Advance Worldwide Removals is a member of several moving networks including:
Execu-Move was first established in 2003. With offices & storage facilities located in Cape Town, Johannesburg, Port Elizabeth and Durban, Execu-Move are sure to make your move abroad as convenient as possible. They specialize in moving to countries in every continent and have offices located all over South Africa including both Cape Town and Johannesburg.
Services: Execu-move take pride in specialising in furniture removals, but also offer services in office relocations, storage and transporting your pets and vehicles.
Reviews: Receiving 8.6 out of 10 Sirelo profile, Execu-move have served many happy customers. They have also have a 4 out of 5 star rating on other platforms such as hellopeter and international movers reviews.
Associations: As mentioned before, PMA membership is conditional upon a code of ethics and professional standards that the company must follow. Not only are they a member of PMA, Execu-Move are also members of SAIMA, BAR and IAM.
Iron Horse Relocations is a local, national and international removal and storage company based in Cape Town that focuses on quality, service and most of all customer satisfaction. They have 50 years of moving experience and their operational teams have a vast amount of skill and knowledge to ensure that correct procedures and policies are followed during the packing / loading / delivery process. Sticking to the “BASICS” of moving is key to guarantee customer satisfaction. Their work ethos is heavily focused on personal involvement with every customer at every level of the removal process.
Services: Iron Horse Relocations offer specialised services such as vehicle transportation, pet transportation, TV and surround sound systems dismantling and assembly, safes and piano removals as well as offering a home cleaning, storage and packing services. They can also offer office and corporate relocation solutions.
Reviews: On their Sirelo profile, Iron Horse Relocations received a 10 out of 10 rating with 100% of users recommending them. They have also received a 5 star rating from hellopeter and Facebook reviews.
Associations: Iron Horse Relocations are part of AMOSA, Accredited Movers of South Africa, which ensures customers receive superior service, quality and peace of mind when moving internationally.
Monarch Moving is an owner-managed business dedicated to service excellence. They have over two decades of experience in local, national and international household moving. As a top Cape Town moving company and Johannesburg moving company, they ensure that your possessions get from your collection to delivery address safely, smoothly and efficiently.
Services: Monarch Moving are experts in the specialised moving fields such as fine arts and antiques, pianos, vehicles, pets, offices and have also moved a few libraries in the past. As well as this, they offer packing, container loading and storage services if required for international moving.
Reviews: 94% of users recommended this moving company as they have received a 9.3 out of 10 rating on their Sirelo profile. They have also received good reviews from websites such as Hellopeter and Google.
Associations: Monarch Moving are currently not part of any moving associations.
South African Relocations is a leading international specialist with offices in Cape Town, Johannesburg, Port Elizabeth and Durban. They believe no two moves are the same and each client has different needs. This attention to detail is something they pride themselves in and truly believe that their team, the people that work at South African Relocations is what makes them one of the leading international specialist in South Africa.
Services: South African Relocations offer a free pre-move survey, a dedicated move manager, online client zone where you can monitor your move 24/7, pet transport, shared container services as well as storage services. They also can facilitate piano, art and vehicle transport.
Reviews: This company received an 8.1 out of 10 rating on their Sirelo profile as well as scoring an average of 3 to 4 stars on other platforms such as Google and Hellopeter
Associations: They currently are not part of any moving associations but are under review at the moment.
Movit Mobility is a professional moving services provider and is a member of the Africa Transport Holdings SA Group. Movit has successfully moved thousands of clients over the last 50 years. They have earned their reputation as one of South Africa’s best office relocation companies, and have assisted art galleries with fine art packing and transportation services. Their services range from local moving within South Africa, to international moving to almost every major city in the world.
Services: Movit Mobility offers services such as car and vehicle transport, packing and wrapping services, container shipping, labelling and inventory, as well as fine art transportation. They also provide settling-in services, immigration and orientation in your destination.
Reviews: On their Sirelo profile, Movit Mobility have a rating of 9.1 out of 10 with 100% of users recommending their servives. On other platforms such as Facebook, Google and Hellopeter, Movit Mobility scores on average 4 stars.
Associations: They are not part of any moving networks at the moment.
Selection and Rating Criteria
The following international movers have been selected for a variety of reasons. For example, we have looked at reviews from a number of sites as well as their own websites to see how they present themselves online. We also branched out and explored websites that have been linked to these companies in order to gain a greater depth of knowledge about them.
Note about the data
We can not guarantee that the above 10 companies will carry out your international move to perfection. Sirelo is an independent platform and have compiled this list independently. Therefore, we do not accept responsibility for the services offered by these international movers.
Good luck with your move!