International Removal Companies to Maputo


Preparing for the Move

Depending on where you are coming from, moving goods to Mozambique can become quite expensive. Evaluate movers and realize that it is important to prioritize essential items, keeping in mind that much can be bought locally on arrival.

It is also important to take note of restrictions on things you can bring into Mozambique. The following items are prohibited:

  • Drugs and narcotics
  • Explosives and ammunition
  • Pornography
  • Alcohol in excess of 1L alcohol and 2L wine per person

The following items may require additional documentation. Be aware that you may be asked to prove that any items in your shipment have been in your possession for at least six months (12 months if you are a returning Mozambican citizen).

  • New items - if less than 6 months old, they require invoices
  • Appliances and electronics - require invoices   
  • Pets and animals
  • Vehicles
  • Alcohol
  • Tobacco
  • Firearms and weapons - require a permit from the local police
  • Household goods and personal effects
  • Tobacco (over 400 cigarettes/250g of loose tobacco) - incurs a duty
  • Perfume (over 50ml) - incurs a duty

If you are receiving a shipment, it is mandatory that you be in Mozambique a minimum of 2 weeks before your shipment arrives.

Understand Pricing

The price of moving depends on the how much is being moved, the value of the goods, and the distance to be moved. If possible, ship only the truly indispensable items and try to buy when you arrive to abate some of the cost.

Shipping Size

Basic shipping costs are calculated on the amount of volume (Cubic Feet) that your packed goods will take up in one of our shipping containers. Volume is calculated by multiplying the length x depth x height.

An example would be a full size refrigerator/freezer that is 3 feet (.91 meters) wide, 2 feet (.6 meters) deep, and 6 feet (1.8 meters) high would be 36 cubic feet (1.01940 m3).
20 foot (6 meters) container total cubic capacity = 1172 cubic feet (33.2 m3)
40 foot container (12 meters) container total cubic capacity = 2392 cubic feet (67.7 m3)
A standard 2 to 3 bedroom house or condo should fit into 1 x 20ft container. A larger 4 to 5 bedroom house would need 1 x 40ft container. One benefit of a larger shipment is that the greater the overall volume for shipment, the lower the rate per cubic foot, and vice versa.


Removal cost also depends on the point of origin and final destination. Certain regions are expensive despite a shorter distance. As an example, it costs roughly USD 4000/6500 to ship a full 20/40 foot container from Newark, USA to Maputo, Mozambique.

Common Additional Costs

Note that the final price is almost always more expensive than even the best estimates. Be knowledgeable about basic costs and budget more than the cost of the estimate.

  • Access at collection or delivery may be difficult so a smaller van has to be brought in or hired.
  • Collection or delivery on higher floors, with or without a lift. This requires extra men and additional costs.
  • Parking permits may be required at collection or delivery addresses (the customer usually has to arrange these - a local council will advise if they are necessary).
  • The final destination might be several hundred miles from a port.

Shipping Options: Ground, Sea or Air

The three basic options are to go by ground, sea or by air, or a combination of the three. Most companies offer all options, so inquire about the price difference and decide which method is best for you.

No matter which method you use, you will be required to pay a customs tax of 1% on the value of your total inventory.


Moving with only ground travel is uncommon unless moving a short distance. This is much slower then flying, but much less expensive. This method is often done in conjunction with sea or air shipping.


Ports: Maputo, Beira, Nacala, Pemba

To move by sea takes at least 8 - 10 weeks, but costs less than traveling by air. If moving by sea, your household goods will be packed into containers that are usually loaded at or near your residence. Once your home is packed into the containers, they are then shipped by rail or transport to the port where they are then loaded on to a steamship container. The container is then loaded on the boat as cargo. Once your goods have arrived in the new country, the container is unloaded and must pass through customs. International movers will be able to help you with the custom forms and are responsible for clearing your goods.


Airport: Maputo International (MPM), with connections to other regional airports

Moving household items by air is becoming increasingly popular, despite a much higher price tag. Heavy cardboard boxes are normally used to pack your goods, although some air freight companies will use containers. You may find that shipping items by air is less expensive than renting a furnished place or living in a hotel.

Airfreight is calculated on either the actual gross weight of the consignment or the volume weight, whichever is the greater. Weight is expressed in kilograms. To calculate the volume weight of a given item we multiply the length, breadth and height in centimeters and divide by 6000 to obtain the volume weight in kilos. For household goods the volume weight generally exceeds the gross weight.


To save money, you can ship your items with other people's belongings. Known as "groupage", your personal belongings will be shipped with the personal belongings of one or more customers.

While this offers considerable financial savings, it can take much longer - especially in Mozambique. Usually, the shipment is sent a central location warehouse with later shipments being made to a country specific destination.

In Mozambique, groupage will not always be an option. Check with local companies to see what they provide, but be prepared to pay for direct shipping.

Finding a Reputable Company

You will likely find a smaller number of companies that provide moving services to and from Mozambique. As such, you'll want to give yourself ample time to research your options. These tips will help with the process:

  • Get three estimates in writing as points of comparison
  • Conduct background research on potential companies, to ensure credibility
  • Consult with local networks to learn about which companies are most often used
  • Give yourself plenty of time for the entire process.

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Update 15/06/2015

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