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  • Jjangki!!!
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    • June 16, 2010, 09:46:58 am
    • Pohang, South Korea
Posting to South Africa
« on: June 22, 2011, 10:24:19 am »
I just searched this topic and nothing came up so forgive me if I am repeating something someone else has asked...
Does anyone know costs for sending stuff to South Africa and how long they take?
Also do people in SA have to pay for receiving the mail?
Thanks guys :)


  • Jozigirl
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    • May 03, 2011, 07:37:47 am
Re: Posting to South Africa
« Reply #1 on: June 22, 2011, 10:35:48 am »
It depends on what you post to SA.  I sent a box that weighed about 1.4kg home for around 20 000 won and yesterday I posted a parcel that weighed 396g for 9 600 won.  Everything I've sent has arrived in just over two weeks on average - even Christmas presents.  Post doesn't seem to sit for very long on this side.

My family has only had to pay to receive the things sent in boxes - not padded envelopes - despite the value being under R500.  I think my mom said she paid R30 to receive my nephew's birthday gift which was in a smallish box.  Anything over R500 has to have customs declarations and various other things attached and the costs to receive it are a lot higher. My sister works for a freighting company and told me that it's best to indicate a lower value if possible because anything valued at more than R500 will have the surplus charged as a a receiving amount.  For example, if the value is R580, the recipient pays the R80 plus whatever other receiving charge is so it's best to keep the values around R250 or less. 


  • lindsaydp1
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    • August 24, 2010, 08:36:00 am
    • Yeongcheon, South Korea
Re: Posting to South Africa
« Reply #2 on: June 22, 2011, 10:37:11 am »
Hoezit! I've sent stuff to SA via the post office many times and it hasn't been an issue. It's around 20 000 won for a relatively small and light package, and takes around 10 days to 2 weeks. You can get the express version at the post office that gets there in 4 days, but it's expensive! I don't think anyone had to pay to get it, my brother would have mentioned it!

They tell you to write what's in the package, but I'd just say t-shirts, a book, etc. because of theft issues. And obviously don't post valuables. And specify on the form that it's a gift, even if it's not, cos they're less likely to open it. My stuff has always arrived safely, both to SA and from there.


  • Leez
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    • May 11, 2011, 11:08:58 am
    • South Korea
Re: Posting to South Africa
« Reply #3 on: June 22, 2011, 10:40:32 am »
Hi,

Yes it does take about 2 weeks to get to SA (although they might tell you what they told me and say it takes a MONTH!) I don't think the extra charge has to do with envelope vs box but rather weight. I posted a scarf in a box (I was in a rush and too tired to look for an envelope!) and no charge but the heavier gift meant that my friend back home had to pay R30! Thanks sasez for information about costs though! As for the express, my post office told me that it did not do express post!


Re: Posting to South Africa
« Reply #4 on: June 22, 2011, 10:52:10 am »
I posted a box three weeks ago, Premium (light green form) by air,  8 or 9 kilos for 97,000 Won. It arrived within a week.
Last week I sent one also Premium by air of about six kilos and it was 80,000 won. They said it would take 14 days.

If you send it by sea/land it is much cheaper and it takes  2 more likely 3 months to arrive and be sure to waterproof your items.
I agree that you should value your items as low as possible. My parents have never had to pay to receive anything maybe because I keep the value low.



  • The.it.girl
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    • November 11, 2010, 07:15:27 pm
    • Chungnam, Korea
Re: Posting to South Africa
« Reply #5 on: June 22, 2011, 11:00:00 am »
Please check out the South Africans in South Korea oage on fb there are tons of postage threads and infor on there!!!!!!!!!


  • Crete
  • Waygookin

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    • September 12, 2010, 07:30:01 pm
    • Gayand dong
Re: Posting to South Africa
« Reply #6 on: June 22, 2011, 11:34:10 am »
Ek is in die proses om my goed huis toe te stuur (per boot) en dit kos my 60$ vir 20kg.


  • foreverJ
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    • October 05, 2010, 04:45:22 pm
    • South Korea
Re: Posting to South Africa
« Reply #7 on: June 22, 2011, 11:38:43 am »
does anyone have a list of prices for sending parcels of different weights to SA?
the site http://www.koreapost.go.kr/eng/main/index.jsp is not very useful
« Last Edit: June 23, 2011, 05:33:25 pm by foreverJ »


  • cgkalie
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    • May 23, 2011, 01:28:02 pm
    • Suwon, South Korea
Re: Posting to South Africa
« Reply #8 on: June 22, 2011, 12:28:27 pm »
I was informed by SARS that parcels under R400.00 that are marked as gifts do not incur any customs duties and ad valorem tax. You are only allowed to send 2 gifts to the same person per calendar year to the value of R400 each. I got taxed nearly 55% after buying my parents gifts and wasn't aware of this rule because the value of the gifts came to over R800. My parents had to pay a hefty release fee in SA just to get their own gifts.

Keep the USD value to some random value between $50 and $55 to avoid suspicion if the value of the item is over R400. The SAPO will charge a nominal R12.00 release fee per parcel.

Also, if you've WORKED outside SA for longer than 6 months, your contents will be regarded as household goods and it does not occur any customs duties. There is however a release fee of R35 per box.
« Last Edit: June 22, 2011, 12:34:37 pm by cgkalie »


  • Jjangki!!!
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    • June 16, 2010, 09:46:58 am
    • Pohang, South Korea
Re: Posting to South Africa
« Reply #9 on: June 22, 2011, 12:51:12 pm »
Thanks guys for all this info... really helpful...
I didn't know about the one gift per calender year thing... how does that work then for sending stuff home? Would you just create names of family members and use the same address???


  • Jjangki!!!
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    • June 16, 2010, 09:46:58 am
    • Pohang, South Korea
Re: Posting to South Africa
« Reply #10 on: June 22, 2011, 12:53:37 pm »
Sorry meant "two gifts per year"
ANyone tried surface mail with it working?


  • Jozigirl
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    • May 03, 2011, 07:37:47 am
Re: Posting to South Africa
« Reply #11 on: June 22, 2011, 12:59:25 pm »
You are only allowed to send 2 gifts to the same person per calendar year to the value of R400 each.

Yes, this is correct.  However, there is no record kept of how many gifts an individual receives via foreign mail each year.  Unless you're sending a couple of parcels every week, it's not a problem if you send more than 2 per year per person.  While living in SA, I regularly received gifts from friends and family overseas and it definitely exceeded the 2 per year rule.


  • justed
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    • July 14, 2011, 08:55:22 am
    • South Korea
Re: Posting to South Africa
« Reply #12 on: August 29, 2011, 03:28:41 pm »
@ cgkalie

Thanx so much for the information! I have a quick question though: do the same value rule apply when sending household goods in boxes home after working in Korea for 2 years? That is: What is the maximum safe amount to write on household boxes being sent home?



  • ty
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    • August 08, 2011, 12:27:07 am
    • south africa
Re: Posting to South Africa
« Reply #13 on: September 01, 2011, 11:58:19 am »
Is it safe to post to SA? has anyone had problems with theft or packages not arriving etc? sorry if i'm repeating someone elses previous question...


  • Jozigirl
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    • May 03, 2011, 07:37:47 am
Re: Posting to South Africa
« Reply #14 on: September 01, 2011, 12:44:25 pm »
Is it safe to post to SA? has anyone had problems with theft or packages not arriving etc? sorry if i'm repeating someone elses previous question...

I haven't had any problems and I post parcels at least once a month.  My niece's birthday present arrived within 8 days of my posting it from here so it's pretty quick too - unless there's a strike in SA.  There is a release fee on boxes though so try to use padded envelopes because then people don't have to pay to receive the parcel in SA.


  • Jjangki!!!
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    • June 16, 2010, 09:46:58 am
    • Pohang, South Korea
Re: Posting to South Africa
« Reply #15 on: September 14, 2011, 10:08:08 am »
I've been looking for padded envelopes everywhere... where can you get them coz that will really save my life! Wait...so people in SA pay for the box but not the padded envelope right?


  • Jozigirl
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    • May 03, 2011, 07:37:47 am
Re: Posting to South Africa
« Reply #16 on: September 14, 2011, 01:49:36 pm »
I've been looking for padded envelopes everywhere... where can you get them coz that will really save my life! Wait...so people in SA pay for the box but not the padded envelope right?

Good luck finding padded envelopes - they seem to be as scarce as hens' teeth.  Try stationery stores and the dollar stores - sometimes Lotte mart has them.

Every parcel I've sent in an envelope has not had a release fee attached to it whereas all of the boxes have.  Even the post office staff haven't veen able to clarify this point though so it's just a guess based on personal experience.  The release fee seems to be standard though, regardless of the size of the box - R30.  If the value of the parcel is over R400, the release fee also includes tax.


  • Jjangki!!!
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    • June 16, 2010, 09:46:58 am
    • Pohang, South Korea
Re: Posting to South Africa
« Reply #17 on: November 02, 2011, 11:19:37 am »
WOW!!! I posted some things to South Africa in padded envelopes and they are AMAZING!!! Took a week and two days to get where it needed to be and it cost about 13 000 won to send about a kg... granted thats not a lot of weight it still gets there in a record time... PADDED ENVELOPES ARE THE WAY TO GO!!! BEATS PACKAGE FAST MAIL...


  • miriamb3
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    • November 02, 2011, 03:07:24 pm
    • Gwangyang
Re: Posting to South Africa
« Reply #18 on: November 11, 2011, 08:43:45 am »
Hello I posted stuff home before I left and for 4  boxes it cost me about R155 to get at the post office in RSA.
Just make sure that you put the words used goods on the form and wrap breakable stuff well.


Re: Posting to South Africa
« Reply #19 on: February 03, 2012, 11:14:15 am »
Hey, I've been looking for ways to send some of my stuff home when my contract ends in August so for anyone else who may be wondering the same thing, you can buy a 20kg box from the post office, pack it and bring it back and they ship it (by boat) for 50 000 won. Think the box costs like 2400 won or something lke that. takes 2-3 months to arrive. I haven't personally tried this yet but I know someone who has and her box arrived safely in SA in 2 months.