Send parcel to Africa
Prices for sending a parcel to Africa
With europacco.com you can not only organize a shipment easily, but you can also ship packages at economic prices. We organize low cost shipments to Africa. You can find the price for a shipment to Africa in the following table. You can organize a low cost package shipment entering europacco.com.
Thanks to our extensive transport network, we are able to guarantee an optimal balance in terms of quality/price. By choosing europacco.com for a parcel shipments you will have:
- collection at home
- estimated delivery time: 5 to 10 working days
- shipment tracking
Send a budget price package in Africa
Do you want to send a parcel to Africa? Then you are on the right site. Www.europacco.com found on expeditions tailored to Africa at low prices. Organize an expedition to Africa is simple and simply go to our website and fill out the form with the pickup address and delivery of your package. Additionally, you can choose the date of withdrawal. After payment by credit card or PayPal immediately you receive an email with the transport document and customs documents. Please complete these documents with care and attention by listing on the proforma invoice all products that are inside of the neck. The documents must be completed entirely in English.
Customs regulations for Africa
The customs regulations of African countries are very different, in the sense that one can not speak of general information. Shipment of products containing alcohol is prohibited for all countries in Africa, such as alcoholic beverages, perfumes and similar products. Usually even the tobacco and meat products belong to the category of prohibited items for shipping. However, each country has its own rules, so please inquire directly to the country's customs import of the respective local regulations. The europacco.com shipments with final destination Africa, are entrusted to the courier FedEx, an excellent and reliable freight forwarder.
With europacco.com you can send parcels in the following African countries: Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Cent Afr Rep, Chad, Congo, Djibouti, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, France - La Réunion, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Samoa, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Spain - Canary Islands, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
Shipping from Italy to Africa: commercial reasons and more
Africa is the third largest continent, preceded only by Asia and America, and is home to around 1 billion inhabitants. It is made up of 54 countries, all part of the African Union, with Morocco as the only exception. According to recent United Nations estimates, by 2050 the global population is expected to grow and concentrate in nine countries, five of which belong to the area known as Sub-Saharan Africa (Ethiopia, Nigeria, Democratic Republic of Congo, Tanzania and Uganda). One of the consequences will be a considerable increase in local consumption, which will also lead to an increase in imports from other continents. If we limit ourselves to Italy, in addition to the sending of goods, it should be stressed that already today several Moroccans and other African citizens are guests in our peninsula. Many of them are used to sending packages of personal items and products to Africa for family members, but also suitcases and luggage. Italians, too, on several occasions send items to Africa out of necessity. It should be remembered that, given the extent of the African territory, the quality of services tends to vary from one country to another. The logistics in North African countries, for example, can be very different from those in sub-Saharan countries. And there are countries where obtaining a quality service from local operators is not at all easy. Thanks to europacco, on the other hand, it is possible to have a reliable service at affordable prices. All you have to do is choose the type of shipment you want from the site: parcel, pallet or document, indicate the destination, weight and dimensions and decide whether to ensure the contents of the shipment if the type of shipment and the type of goods shipped allow it. Everything will be completed online, and you will receive a waybill at the end of your order. In just a few steps, you will be able to send a parcel with personal products or goods (in the case of traditional companies or e-shops), without paying a huge amount of money, and in the comfort of your own home.
Sending goods to Africa: containers
In 2019, trade flows between Italy and Africa were close to €20 billion. That's more than 4% of Italy's total trade to the whole world. And before the Coronavirus came to affect every aspect of our lives, including the economy, the beginning of 2020 promised new growth in exports to the south of the Sahara. For an Italian company to be able to ship its products to Italy, with the certainty that the goods will arrive at their destination in perfect condition, the items should be prepared inside containers in the best possible way. Containers lend themselves very well to shipments of all kinds. This has led the market to open to models of different sizes, ready to be equipped to meet the most important requirements. There is no shortage of refrigerated containers, necessary for perishable goods, and other models approved to contain dangerous goods. Generally, in terms of size, containers used for international shipments are 20 feet (approximately 6 meters) or 40 feet (corresponding to 12 meters). The former is capable of storing a maximum of 33 cubic meters of objects, products or goods; the latter offer a space of 67 cubic meters.
Documents required and bureaucratic obligations
What distinguishes shipments to African territory from those to one of the 7900 cities in Italy or a European country? While on the one hand, the stages of preparing the parcel (packaging, courier contact details, shipment tracking) do not vary, on the other hand, the transport regulations may change. The reason for this is simple, as these are shipments destined to transit outside the European Union. At the bureaucratic level, it will be necessary to fill in certain documents, considering the possibility of paying customs duties and administrative fees imposed by the African customs. The elimination of customs in Europe has obviously meant the disappearance of these taxes, thus facilitating the free movement of goods. Non-EU shipments, on the other hand, have a more complex bureaucratic side, which varies from country to country.
Any shipment to Africa involving the dispatch of goods requires the following documents in addition to the consignment note:
- Commercial invoice or proforma
- Declaration of Free Export
If you entrust your shipments to Africa to europacco, parcels and packages will be collected and delivered by internationally renowned couriers to your home. During transport, the automated tracking system allows you to know at any time the status of your shipment and when it will be delivered. Maximum protection is achieved by insuring the goods and europacco also offers this service on the types of goods listed in the contractual clauses.
The commercial invoice or proforma invoice: what data does it contain?
The invoice must include the sender's and the receiver's first and last name, the full pick-up and delivery address and the contact details of both parties. A full and detailed description of the goods being shipped must also be included. Other essential elements are:
- customs code of the goods (HS code or commodity code) if available
- number of pieces of each item
- unit value
- total value
- country of production
- weight of goods
- reason for shipment
To speed up customs clearance, the value on the invoice should be as accurate as possible.
How to pack books for shipments to Africa
If the intention is to send books or comics to a friend or relative in Africa, some attention should be paid to packaging. The aim, especially when sending hardcover books, is to avoid damage to the edges of the cover. The most valuable books can be wrapped in bubble wrap to avoid this. Polystyrene and cardboard sheets are also useful materials. As far as the box in which to store the books is concerned, it is better to opt for corrugated cardboard models, choosing a minimum of triple wave.
How to protect clothes destined for Africa
Clothes, in most cases, are sent to Africa for commercial reasons. These items are not usually at risk of damage if the package is subjected to accidental impacts. However, they should be protected from water ingress. Even a few drops over the course of a long journey can make them unusable. For an e-shop that needs to ship to African shoppers or a family that is sending clothing to relatives there, each item should be packed in a plastic bag. This will not only prevent them from getting wet, but they will also remain folded until the end of the trip.
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