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What is a cubic meter ? How much to ship it from UK?
Transportation of Dangerous Cargo
Container Shipping
Door To Door Service To America
We are now shipping to Gambia & Senegal


Air & Sea Freight
Beira Corridor
Buying Tips
Car Articles
Cargo to Botswana
Cargo to Namibia
Cargo to South Africa
Cargo to Zimbabwe
Container Shipping
Customs Regulations
Dangerous Cargo Transportation
Freight Industry Data
Returning resident to Zimbabwe
Sending goods to Botswana
Sending Goods to Kenya
Sending goods to Uganda
Sending Goods To USA
Sending Goods to Zimbabwe
Shipping Cars to Botswana
Shipping cars to Mozambique
Shipping cars to Namibia
Shipping cars to South Africa
Shipping Cars To West Africa
Shipping cars to Zimbabwe
Shipping Tips and Information
Shipping to Gambia
Swaziland Customs and Excise
Trucks Articles
Used Cars/Trucks/Trailers/Buses
Vehicle Clearance in Namibia
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What is a cubic meter ? How much to ship it from UK?

I have been contacted several times by or valued customers asking me the price of shipping cargo by sea as part of a container load otherwise known as Less than Container Load (LCL) . This is usually the case when you do not have
 enough cargo to occupy aFull Container Load. Your cargo will be shipped together with other customers cargo in a container, usually referred to as Consolidated cargo.
Sea Freight is usually charged per cubic meter. But what really is a cubic meter of cargo? People usually misunderstand what a cubic meter is in respect of international cargo transportation from UK by sea.

Transportation of Dangerous Cargo

The rules governing dangerous goods transportation have, over the last few years, grown far more stringent. While obviously hazardous substances – such as petrol – were previously classified as dangerous goods, packaged goods (that are sometimes equally dangerous) often weren’t. This has now changed, however. 

Today, common household goods like adhesives, aerosols, batteries, cosmetic chemicals, paint and pharmaceuticals are all classified as dangerous goods. And, as a result of this, the list of official dangerous goods has increased from around 750 substances a few years ago to over 2 500 today.

Container Shipping

When you are relocating from the one country to any other country in the world, you might need to move your personal and household goods safely and securely to the country you will be moving to. The most economical way to move your goods will be to ship them in a container.  This is where Savannah Freight Services comes in. We canarrange the shipment of your goods from any country in the world to any destination in the world

Container shipping costs vary depending on the volume of your goods and the destination country.

Door To Door Service To America

Door To Door Delivery Service To America

We are pleased to announce that we are doing a door to door service from small and big cargo packages by air to USA from mainland Europe.

Please check out our full service here

We are now shipping to Gambia & Senegal

We ere pleased to announce that we are now shipping vehicles from UK direct to Banjul in Gambia. We can ship a saloon for £690.00 and a 4x4 for £740.00.

This adds another destination in West Africa which also includes Dakar, Senegal as well as traditional Accra in Ghana and Abidjan Cote d'Ivoire.

We have the whole of West Africa covered

Send Airfreight From UK to Any Destination & Win A Tablet

During this month of June we are giving away a 10" Android Tablet to one lucky customer that sends airfreight from the UK to any destination in the world. Savannah Freight Services can send your cargo to any destination from the UK. Whether you are sending to Africa, Americas, Australia or Asia, Savannah Freight Services is the go to company for all your freight forwarding. 

For more details please visit the link below:

Driving your car from Walvis Bay (Namibia) to Zimbabwe via Zambia

In December 2013; the I wrote an article updating all our valued customers about the changes that were effected by Botswana government. The article was entitled: IMMEDIATE BAN ON UNREGISTERED VEHICLES PLYING BOTSWANA ROADS .

Since then; we have been contacted by numerous customers wishing to know if there is an alternative to going from Namibia to Zimbabwe without going through Botswana?
Yes; there is a alternative route.  The traditional route of driving cars  from Namibia to Zimbabwe through Plumtree is no more.


I  would like to update all our valued customers and readers that there are issues being raised by the Permanent Secretary in TheMinistry of Transport & Communications in Botswana. A circular dated 19th December; 2013 has been released to us. It is clarifying the government of Botswana's position on unregistered cars driving through Botswana.

In February 2013; the Ministry of Transport and Communications in Botswana issued a letter toBotswana Unified Revenue Services (BURS)banning the driving of unregistered cars through Botswana.

Namibia Import Regulations

Clearing cars in Namibia; Car Clearance agencies in Namibia
Savannah Freight Services Namibian Customs Regulations & Information for Imports

Documents Required:

  • Passport
  • Original Bill of Lading (OBL) / Air Waybill (AWB)
  • Packing list
  • NA 304 (3 copies)
  • P1.160 (3 copies)
  • Detailed valued inventory in currency of origin country
  • Letter of Application for Exemption
  • Residence Permit / Work Permit
  • Diplomatic Clearance / Certificate A issued by the Embassy, stamped by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Specific Information

  • Diplomatic shipments can be imported duty free provided that a Diplomatic Clearance

How To Buy A Used Car From The Guardian UK

We saw this and thought our customers and readers might be interested. It ties in with our article we posted here about avoiding being scammed when buying a used car from UK.

Source: Guardian UK

If You Are Buying A Car From UK Beware of Scams

buying a new car from UK to Botswana; spare parts from UK to Botswana
The internet has surely transformed lives in Africa. With increasing ease of access to the internet through smart phones and tablets this has meant that the world is truly a global village. A person in Mutorashanga in Zimbabwe can browse UK's Auto Trader looking for a car to buy. Now with the availability of high definition pictures and video they can vividly see the car they want to buy. Heady with mental images of themselves driving that car and with numerous ways of communicating like email, Skype, WhatsApp, they can contact a seller of the car they like arrange to wire the money for the purchase of that car as well as paying for its shipping until it gets to Zimbabwe.

Customs Duty - Frequently Asked Questions

What is customs and why do governments charge it?
· Every country levies on goods that are bought into the country using a indirect tax called Customs Duty.
· Customs duty can be interpreted as a punitive tax aimed at discouraging people from importing goods outside of their country when they can source it within their country or a way of protecting local industries.
· It could also be a result of a trade agreement between trading block or countries belonging to a regional or international body such as the EU or SADC.

The Beira Corridor Offers An Alternative To Business Dependent On Time Critical Imports

Beira-corridor; shipping cars to Beira.
The Beira Corridor is one of Southern Africa’s main transport routes. It is a road and rail network linking large parts of Zambia, Malawi, Zimbabwe and Mozambique to the port of Beira on the Indian Ocean.  For businesses reliant on imports operating in the above named countries, Beira Port in Mozambique offers an alternative route to business whose operations are time critical. Beira is just 4 hours drive from the Zimbabwean city of Mutare, which shortens the journey and the time a business has to wait for delivery of imported goods critical to their business.

Send Your Goods Early To Avoid Christmas Delays

Ship Early To Avoid Disappointments This Christmas

It might be too early to talk about Christmas, but it is important that we make our customers aware that leaving your cargo just a few days before Christmas will only result in frustrations. The months leading to Christmas are the busiest in the transport industry. The retail industry would be looking to stock up early. In order to avoid not only shortages of popular items but also to avoid the risk of having replacements delivered late as there will be bottleneck of deliveries in weeks leading to Christmas.


There is a bit of confusion as to his issue that we reported on 09-January 2013. 

Today, 23-01-13, We at Savannah Freight Services Ltd-UK contacted Namibian Port Authority to get clarification on the issue.
We are delighted to let all our valued readers that we have been given guidance on what is required andshould anyone be intending to send personal effects in a vehicle, IT WILL NOT BE POSSIBLE.


Namibia Port Authority has issued a memo notifying all Shippers and Agents thatwith effect from 01 February 2013 
all vehicles destined to any Namibian Port on Roll on Roll Off  (ro/ro) will not be accepted into the country if they are carrying any goods inside.
It has been the practice that when people send  cars from overseas to Walvis Bay; in order to maximise on space; people would load some extra goods inside the cars.

What is Bill of Lading?

I have had numerous enquiries from our valued customers who want to understand what a bill of lading is; without getting too technical? I will try to simplify the explanation for the benefit of those who just want to know.
What is Bill of lading?
 The term bill of lading   is derived from the combination of words“bill,”in the sense of a bill 
for transporting goods, and"lade", the verb meaning “to load,” specifically, a cargo for shipping.

Bill of Lading (sometimes abbreviated as 


Shipping cars to Namibia; Clearing Cars in Walvis Bay; Namibia.IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT
With effect from 11th June; 2012, original vehicle registration books (LOGBOOKS) commonly referred to as V5 in United Kingdom will be required as part of the customs clearance in Namibia.
This was announced on the 1st of June, 2012 by   Namibia's Ministry of Finance- Customs and Excise's Deputy Director General- Western Region YHM HAIHAMBO.

According to the Customs and Excise department in Namibia, wrong year and models are being declared on the SAD 500 .

Car Import permit and Letter of Authority to import car into South Africa

We get a lot of questions regarding importing cars into South Africa. Below is a summary of the requirements and procedure to follow BEFORE YOU BUY A CAR TO SHIP TO SOUTH AFRICA.

You will need an Import Permit (IP) and  a Letter of Authority (LOA) from South Africa, before you can import a car

 Import authorisation will be consideredONLY:
  1. if the applicant spent an uninterrupted period of not less than six months overseas for studying/training, research,or employment purposes and the motor vehicle has been owned, used and registered in the owner's name for the same period.

Importation of Household effects and Personal goods into South Africa

Returning South African Resident 

Returning South African residents (those with permanent or temporary residents permit) are allowed to bring with them household affects and personal goods (excluding alcoholic beverages and Tobacco products).These goods can be brought into South Africa free of charge; without paying import duties or VAT . The returning resident must prove to the State that he/she has been out of South Africa for at least six months for purposes other than touring or studying.