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.

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 as well as help with moving your pets and vehicles.

Reviews: Elliott receives very high rated reviews on several online platforms including on their Sirelo profile and on Hellopeter.

Associations: As you can see below, Elliott Mobility is also a member to 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 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. 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.

Reviews: Biddulphs receives high ratings on multiple review platforms including:

AssociationsBeing members of FIDI mean Biddulphs complies with over 200 quality requirements. Biddulphs is also a part of Professional Movers Association (PMA), International Association of Movers (IAM), South Africa International Movers Association (SAIMA) and British Association of Removers (BAR).

Magna-Thomson

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. 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.

Reviews: Magna-Thomson has reviews that average to 4 stars on several independent review platforms including on their Sirelo profile.

Associations: Having a membership with PMA and FIDI means their removal services follow high standards. They are also memebers of SAIMA, IAM and BAR.

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. 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 transport
  • Vehicle relocation

Reviews: Pickfords has received hundreds of positive reviews on several platforms that vouch for their professional services:

Associations: Being a member of the Professional Movers Association (PMA), South African International Movers Association (SAIMA), FIDIInternational Association of Movers (IAM) and British Association of Removers (BAR) means a couple of things. For example, membership to PMA is conditional upon professional standards and a code of ethics that Pickfords has to follow. Furthermore, Pickfords must have fully trained and competent staff at all levels.

Stuttaford Van Lines

Stuttaford Van Lines was first established in 1857, and are now one of the biggest international movers in South Africa.  Stuttaford 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. 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 transport
  • Vehicles transport
  • Pets transport

Reviews: Take a look below at some of Stuttafords review ratings, most reaching 4 stars:

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. They are also accredited by Professional Movers Association (PMA) and Overseas Moving Network International (OMNI).

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.

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 above 4 stars on their Sirelo profile.

Associations: 

Bayley Worldwide Removals

Bayley Worldwide Removals is a family owned and operated international mover which was established in 1988. 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.

Reviews: Average of four star ratings on their Sirelo profile.

Associations:

Execu-Move

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.

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

Reviews: Receiving almost above 4.5 stars on Hellopeter and on their Sirelo profile, Execu-move have served many happy customers.

Associations: As mentioned before, PMA membership is conditional upon a code of ethics and professional standards that the company must follow. As well as being a member of PMA, Execu-Move are also members of SAIMA and IAM.

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.

Reviews: AGS Frasers has received an average rating of 3 stars on their Sirelo profile as well as on Trustpilot.

Associations: As mentioned before, being a member of FIDI, shows that their services abide by certain standards. AGS is also a member of IAM and BAR.

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. They have over 5,000 employees worldwide and specialise in moves to: AustraliaNew Zealand and the UK.

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.

Reviews: You can take a look below at some of Crown Relocations reviews:

Associations: Crown Relocations is a member of the International Association of Movers (IAM), which means they are a member of a network of international movers that help with smooth moving from one country to another.

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!