International Movers: Top 10 International Movers in South Africa (2019)

Planning a move isn’t always easy and one of the hardest things to do is finding trustworthy international movers. We’ve created the ultimate top 10 International Movers list to help you with your move. Here is our list:

As well as picking the right international mover, understanding the costs of a move abroad is essential. Have a look at our page for more information about international moving costs, and the factors that you need to take into account.

Biddulphs International

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 and are part of Harmony Relocation Network; a global network of locally owned relocation companies. This enables Biddulphs to work with partners that are located in over 60 countries and relocate their customers to 180 countries worldwide. With 88 years’ experience, Biddulphs have the expertise and experience to move your belongings abroad safely.

They offer a wide range of services like domestic/international moves as well as the transport of pets, vehicles.

Below, you can find a list of associations that they are part of:


Pickfords Worldwide

Pickford’s Worldwide are part Allied Pickford’s, which are the largest provider of removal services in the world. With over 800 offices worldwide, they can help you move to any part of the world. They have been operating in South Africa since 1904 and since then have provided international removal services to many satisfied customers. As an international mover, Pickford’s understand that any move can be stressful. So whether you are moving from JohannesburgCape TownDurban or anywhere else in South Africa, their professional workers are able to provide a service that ensures your move runs smoothly.

In addition to the standard removals, Pickford’s Worldwide also offer:

  • Pet
  • Vehicle relocation

They are part of a number of associations:


Crown Relocations

Founded in 1965, Crown Relocations has continuously grown and is now one of the most recognised global brands in the household moving industry. With 266 offices in over 54 countries, they provide a wide range of services to meet the diversity of their customers, including wine, fine arts, pet and office removals. Furthermore, they have over 5,000 employees worldwide and specialise in moves to: Australia, New Zealand and the UK.

Crown Relocations is a member of the International Association of Movers (IAM)


Stuttaford Van Lines

Stuttaford Van Lines was first established in 1857, and are now one of the biggest international movers in South Africa. They were one of the first movers in Africa to become FAIM accredited, which ensures customers that the service they receive is of the highest quality. Stuttaford will also 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. With offices in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban as well as other offices nationwide, Stuttaford are able to reach you wherever you live. They have recently launched new storage facilities for their customers including self-storage, mobile storage as well as short and long term storage.

Furthermore, here are some other services Stuttaford offer:

  • Fine art
  • Vehicles
  • Pets

Here is a list of associations that they are part of:


Elliott Mobility

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. They offer many services, including but not limited to art transport, office relocation as well as pets and vehicles transport.

Additionally, Elliott Mobility has the following accreditations:


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Advance Worldwide Removals

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. If you are interested in moving a few things or all your belongings abroad, Advance Worldwide Removals will support you throughout.

Some of the services that Advance Worldwide Removals offer include:

  • Wine
  • Pets
  • Antiques
  • Vehicles

Furthermore, here is a list of associations that they are members of:


Bayley Worldwide Removals

Bayley Worldwide Removals is a family owned and operated international mover which was established in 1988. With personal service and attention to detail at the core of its professional philosophy, Bayley Worldwide Removals are widely known by their overseas agents as one the best. Also, their fully trained staff use the best materials to ensure your items are protected throughout the moving process. So, whether you’re relocating to the UK, Japan or any other countries in the world, Bayley Worldwide Removals will make sure your move is as simple and stress free as possible.

They provide services to transport fine art, antiques, high value pieces and family heirlooms alike.


AGS Frasers

Established in 1974, AGS Frasers is one of the largest international movers in the world, boasting a huge network of 141 locations in 94 countries. And with the help of their partners, AGS Frasers operates in every continent. Through their experience and growth over the years, AGS Frasers have perfected what they do and move over 80,000 families annually.

Moreover, their services range from fine art, vehicles, pets, office as well as international moves.

AGS Frasers has the following accreditations:



Execu-Move was first established in 2003. With offices & storage facilities located across the country including 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. Being voted South Africa’s number 1 moving company demonstrates the quality service that Execu-Move provides when moving abroad. Therefore, if you choose Execu-Move, you can be confident that your belongings are in safe hands.

They take pride in specialising in furniture removals, but also offer services in office relocations and transporting your pets, vehicles.

Here is a list of associations that they are members of:



Magna-Thomson aims at reducing the stress that comes with moving by offering their customers a world-class service. They were first established in 1990 by Dave Buchanan and John Giles created Magna International movers, while Thomson International Movers was established in 1987 by Robin and Trevor Thomson. With 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.

Their services range from the transport of your pets to moving vehicles to any country in the world.

Here is a list of associations that they are members of:


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. In addition, we branched out and looked at 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. We are an independent platform and have compiled this list independently. Therefore, we do not accept responsibility for the services offered by these international movers.

What Next?

We hope that this list of international movers has helped you with finding a moving company for your move abroad. For more advice and information, take a look at these pages:

Good luck with your move!