Zimbabwe Overseas Moving Services

Moving internationally has never been an easy thing to do. A lot of requirements need to be met and several approvals need to be obtained. This will usually make your moving process longer and more demotivating. Moving abroad can be cumbersome and a time-consuming process, this is why even thinking about it can take away your sleep. But you can always reduce your moving stress by hiring an international company to help you relocate smoothly and efficiently to the new destination.

Moving to Zimbabwe from USA

What is the cost of moving abroad?

If you are wondering whether you can afford to hire the international movers or not, here’s what you may need to know:

  • You can expect to pay something around $2000 to $12000 for moving overseas to Zimbabwe.
  • The moving cost will depend upon your move size, the distance between your current destination and a new destination, present market trends, route, and transportation method.
  • The moving cost will also be based on the location of your new home in the new country. For instance, the rental apartment cost in Bulawayo will range anything between $4900 to $8100, and in Harare, it will range from $5300 to $8600.
  • International shipping charges, moving insurance, storage costs, customs fees, and legal charges are a few other things that you will need to consider when calculating your moving cost.

Tip: Make sure you prepare for an international transfer to avoid any financial pressures.

About Zimbabwe

Located in southern Africa, Zimbabwe is a landlocked country and is officially known as the Republic of Zimbabwe. Situated between the Zambezi and Limpopo rivers, Zimbabwe began as the British Crown Colony and has three official languages-English, Shona and Ndebele.

While Shona is the largest ethnic group of Zimbabwe, the country’s culture is diverse, with various peoples, beliefs, ceremonies and traditions. Pottery, basketry, textiles, jewelry and carving are traditional arts, and cricket, rugby and football are the most popular sports in the country.

Zimbabwe is bordered by South Africa, Botswana, Zambia and Mozambique. Home to one of the world’s largest waterfalls, Zimbabwe’s Victoria Falls is located on the northwestern side of the country, as part of the Zambezi River. In eastern Zimbabwe, the mountainous terrain boasts Mt. Nyangani, the country’s highest point.

The main supporters of the Zimbabwe economy are mineral exports, agriculture and tourism. The trade partners of Zimbabwe are Democratic Republic of the Congo, South Africa, Botswana, China, Zambia, Netherlands and UK.

Cost of living

The cost of living in Zimbabwe isn’t highly expensive if you consider monthly utilities like electricity bill, water bill, heating, and cooling bills. You can expect to pay approximately $62.82 per month for your bills. Overall, this will be a feasible option for a standard-sized apartment of around 85m2.

Education system

The education system in Zimbabwe comprises 7 years of primary education and 6 years of secondary education. Only after this, the students can enroll in a university either abroad or in the same country. The academic year in Zimbabwe starts in January and ends in December, each term of three months with a month holiday. So, there will be 40 weeks of school each year.

Health care system

The health care system of Zimbabwe has been seen deteriorating over time. The country is experiencing a lack of medical supplies, facilities as well as staff. Zimbabwe is known to have natural resources in abundance, but still, it experiences economic and healthcare-related challenges. If you are relocating to this country, you can rely on private hospitals for treatment, but in case of chronic health conditions, you will need to move out of the country.

Customs Regulations for Zimbabwe

  • Passport – copy
  • Residence Visa/Work Permit or Letter from Employer attesting to client’s employment contract
  • Bill of Lading/Air Waybill – original, Express Release not allowed
  • Comprehensive Valued Inventory – in English, dated and signed by owner
  • Power of Attorney giving authority for Destination Agent to arrange customs clearance
  • Declaration of Undertaking (Form C 38)
  • All documents for non-diplomats will be lodged with the Department of Customs and Excise by the customer

Returning citizens:

  • Appointment Letter (employment contract)
  • Termination Letter – provided by employer
  • Declaration of Undertaking (Form C 38) – if returning citizen has lived abroad over two years
  • Immigrant’s Declaration, Proof of original export and inventory – if returning citizen has lived abroad less than two years


  • Diplomatic Exemption Letter – obtained from Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Passport – original
  • Comprehensive Inventory – all computers, electronics and appliances must state serial numbers
  • Power of Attorney – giving authority for Destination Agent to arrange customs clearance
  • Client must be physically present during Customs clearance process
  • All shipments undergo a physical inspection (all charges related to the physical in inspection will be charged to all non-diplomats)
  • Used household goods and personal effects are duty free provided goods have been owned and used by the client for a minimum of six months
  • Items cannot be sold, lent or otherwise disposed of during stay

Returning citizens:

  • If customer has lived abroad less than two years, he or she must submit an application for “No”
  • Currency involved” import license for goods acquired after emigrating
  • Returning nationals must have lived outside of Zimbabwe for a minimum of two years to be eligible for duty-free status
  • Passport must show exit date and “Acceptance as Returning Resident” to be exempt from paying
  • Duty
  • Must be present during clearance process and goods must arrive within three months of arrival of returning citizen
  • By law returning citizens must complete the clearance process on their own. An agent is not allowed to represent him or her


  • Foreign diplomats and members of government or international organizations are granted tax and duty free entry of used or new personal effects and household items
  • All documents must be signed by the diplomat and submitted to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs


  • Narcotics/illegal drugs
  • Pornography and subversive material
  • Explosives, ammunitions and weapons – without approval
  • Counterfeit currency and forged documents
  • Appliances and electronics – must list serial numbers on inventory
  • Firearms – require an approved application from the Secretary of Home Affairs
  • New furniture – subject to duties
  • Alcohol – Must be at least 18 years old to import, restricted to five liters per person (Only two liters can be spirits)
  • Tobacco – 200 cigarettes or 250 grams of loose tobacco may be imported duty-free, excess will incur duty
  • Up to two vehicles are allowed to be imported per family duty-free, provided vehicles have been owned for at least six months
  • Vehicles may not be disposed of for at least one year without approval from Controller of Customs
  • Taxes are assessed based on vehicle’s age, engine, and other factors
  • The Bill of Lading must indicate the vehicle’s chassis number, engine number, cubic capacity, year of manufacture, brand and model
  • Returning nationals who have lived abroad less than two years will not usually be allowed duty-free importation of vehicles

Required documents:

  • Passport, Residence Permit and Immigrant’s Declaration
  • Form C38 MV
  • Original Bill of Lading
  • Import License is required if client owned vehicle less than six months
  • Original Certificates of Title and Registration
  • Purchase invoice – copy


  • Applications for the appropriate license for pet importation can be obtained from the Director of Veterinary Service
  • Certificate of Vaccination (including rabies) and Health Certificate provided by a licensed veterinarian required


NOTE – Customs regulations are subject to change at any time. The proceeding information is a brief summary of customs regulations applicable to household goods shipments to this destination and is being provided for general guidance to assist our Agents and customers. Since such regulations are subject to change without notice, International Sea & Air Shipping cannot be held liable for any costs, damage, delays, or other detrimental events resulting from non-compliance. Always double check with your local embassy or consulate.

Call our International Moving Specialists @ 1 (866) 315-4170

How to move internationally to Zimbabwe easily?

  • Hire a professional moving company as they have experienced your current moving-related problems many times in the past. They will have a better idea of what you must do and what mustn’t do.
  • Begin preparing for your relocation well in advance, by de-cluttering your home. Perhaps, you can donate, sell, or discard items you don’t want to move with you to the new country. This will eventually reduce your move size and thereby your moving cost.
  • Inform your landlord, bank, and utility companies about your relocation.
  • Change your address and contact details on any website you are using, otherwise, it may lead to miscommunication.
  • Cancel your existing magazine and newspaper subscriptions, otherwise, you may be charged for the services you are not going to use.
  • Check out the immigration rules for Zimbabwe and make sure you have all the required documents ready.

International Sea & Air Shipping’s talented and expertly trained moving specialists will help you every step of the way during your international move to Zimbabwe. Before you get started, learn more about all of our offered shipping services and options to determine what best meets your needs:

Benefits of hiring international movers

Hiring a professional moving company won’t only give you peace of mind, but you will also save your pennies which otherwise you would have spent resolving your issues, because of your mistakes. Here’s what you need to know:

  • Moving companies will have sufficient moving labor, appropriate moving equipment, and hand tools to get your job done. Also, you won’t feel the need to request your friends to offer you help in the moving process.
  • You will rest assured that your precious possessions are in safe hands. Movers are well experienced in their job, so you can trust them with your belongings.
  • Hiring a professional moving company will reduce your moving stress and you can save sufficient time for yourself. This time you can utilize it in focusing on other important things, like planning to decorate your new apartment or preparing your family for the new life in the new country.
  • A moving company will get your belongings insured, so you don’t have to worry if they get lost or damaged during transit. You will be compensated by the moving company in an unfortunate situation.

Tips to hire a quality international moving company

  • A quality moving company must have a license to run a moving business. You can ask for their US DOT number and verify the same.
  • Read reviews and testimonials given by past customers as this will help you make a more informed decision.
  • Ask them how they will compensate you in case of an accident and how long the overall process will take.
  • Ask them what shipment options they have got to offer you: air freight or water freight.

After reading this guide your moving stress might have reduced by half at least. So, if you are ready to relocate to Zimbabwe don’t hesitate to hire an international moving company. You will get the chance to work with friendly and enthusiastic professionals who will make sure you relocate smoothly and efficiently to your new destination.

Avoid hiring the cheapest movers you come across as saving a little money and making a wrong choice can cause a big blunder. So, do your research properly, shortlist a few moving companies by taking references from friends and through the Internet, request moving quotes from them, check the services they offer, compare both quotes and services, and choose the best deal as per your moving budget and requirements.

Don’t forget to fix a moving date and hire the moving company well in advance. It’s advisable for you to choose two or three dates and accordingly check the availability of the movers. If you want to relocate cheaply, make sure you don’t move in the peak moving season, as your moving costs may shoot up high.