Why choose Seven Seas Worldwide?
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We handle the quarantine and customs clearance process
Everything you need to know about shipping to Portugal
Portugal is a welcoming and ever-popular European destination. With its golden sandy beaches, sun-soaked green landscapes and charming cities, it's easy to see why. From two hundred days of yearly sunshine to ancient historical sites, the Portuguese Republic has something for all.
Whether you're heading to Portugal for a new career, university, or travel, you'll want to bring as many possessions as possible. That's where our international shipping company can help.
Our boxes and bags shipping service covers all cities in Portugal, including Lisbon, Porto, Vila Nova de Gaia, Braga and Amadora. You'll feel supported at every stage thanks to affordable rates, expert knowledge, and round-the-clock support.
Ship boxes and bags to Portugal with zero stress
With over 25 years of international shipping experience, our services have simplicity at their heart. All you need to do is book online, pack your belongings and complete your online documentation. We'll then collect your shipment and safely transport it to Portugal.
Here are a few more reasons why our shipping service makes your life stress-free:
- Free secure storage: there's no need to travel in a panic. We give you two weeks of storage in both your origin country and our Belgium depot before relocation to Portugal at no extra cost.
- Zero hidden fees: since we control a global network of depots, we manage your entire shipping journey from collection to delivery. Grab an instant free quote for a transparent cost breakdown before you book.
- Online tracking: saying goodbye to your personal belongings as they disappear over the horizon can be scary. Use our handy online tracking tool to monitor your shipment's worldwide journey for extra peace of mind.
- We handle customs clearance: thanks to our in-depth local knowledge, you don't have to worry. We'll collect your goods, deal with the customs process, and then deliver them to your chosen address.
- Friendly customer service: our customer support team offers multilingual help and advice throughout your shipping journey.
Ship boxes and bags to Portugal in 5 easy steps
Free online quick quote
Our instant quote tool provides a clear, itemised cost with no hidden fees or nasty surprises.
Pick your dates
When placing your order, choose the materials delivery and shipment collection dates that suit you.
Securely pack your items
We deliver your empty shipping boxes or MoveCube®, ready for you to fill.
We collect and ship
Complete the online documentation. Then we'll transport your shipment to its destination.
Delivered to your address
Our team will clear your goods through customs and deliver them safely to your new home.
Robust shipping boxes designed for overseas travel
We provide high-quality shipping boxes made from double-walled, chemically-strengthened cardboard to protect your belongings during long journeys. See below for exact dimensions and packing suggestions for our popular Large and Standard containers. We suggest ordering more than you think you need. If you have any boxes left in brand-new condition, we'll collect them for free.
Specially-shaped boxes made from the same robust cardboard are available for large goods, such as golf clubs and guitars. Before collection, please safely prepare such items so we can pack them at our depot.
You can use your own storage containers. But please avoid laundry bags, plastic crates, used food boxes and bin liners, as they can break easily and damage the rest of your possessions. Would you like to ship large household items like fridges or sofas? If so, your most cost-effective option is our international removals service, the MoveCube®.
61 x 51 x 41cm / 24 x 20 x 16.14 inches
- Sports equipment
51 x 41 x 31cm / 20 x 16.14 x 12.2 inches
- Files and papers
- Children's toys
How we make the Portuguese customs process simple
As an experienced door-to-door shipping service, we know how to make shipping from South Africa to Portugal stress-free. You can even relax knowing we take care of quarantine and customs inspections. However, there are a few customs regulations you should be aware of when importing personal effects.
Portugal has a list of banned items to protect its population and the environment. As you pack, reference our regularly-updated Prohibited Goods page to avoid potential customs duties and delays.
Log in to your online account and complete the following documents to clear customs:
- Inventory: an itemised list of everything you are shipping. Portuguese customs officials will see it, so accuracy is a must.
- Insurance: optional forms to protect your belongings in the rare case of damage or loss.
- Colour scans of the shipment owner's passport picture and signature pages.
Please be aware that customs officials might request the shipment owner is present in the country before their shipment arrives.
If you need customs assistance at any stage, our multilingual customer support team can answer any questions.
You can even relax knowing we take care of quarantine and customs inspections.
Frequently asked questions about shipping to Portugal
As a trusted shipping company for over 25 years, we make shipping from South Africa to Portugal hassle-free. Simply follow these steps:
- Grab a free quick quote for a cost breakdown of your shipment's journey. Then, place an order, pay the deposit and choose a date so we can deliver any packing materials.
- Securely pack your possessions and complete your online documents. Then, let us know a suitable date for collection.
- Once you've made your Shipping and Transportation payment, we'll ship your personal belongings to your destination and guide them through customs. Finally, pay your destination charge and arrange a suitable date for us to deliver your shipment to your new address.
Your goods will take 137 days to arrive in Portugal via our International Boxes and Bags Shipping service. Transit time begins when you pay your Shipping and Transportation fee and ends when your possessions arrive at the destination port.
With our worldwide shippers, you can send most personal items you use at home via our boxes and bags shipping service. You can also send unusually-shaped items like sports equipment and musical instruments. If you have large household items such as furniture and kitchen appliances to ship, our MoveCube® service is your most cost-effective option.
Each country has a list of prohibited items. Please reference our Prohibited Goods page as you pack to avoid fines and delays.
Used personal items at least one year old can be imported into Portugal duty and tax-free. However, please be aware that customs officials might request the shipment owner is present in the country before their shipment arrives.
Please reference our Prohibited Goods page for up-to-date information.
To ensure your goods arrive via the quickest and most efficient method possible, all shipping and air routes are predefined and cannot be altered.
How long does shipping to Portugal from South Africa take?*
*estimated timings dependent on global shipping circumstances
4-step box packing guide for international shipping
We want your personal possessions to arrive at their destination intact. Therefore, we recommend hiring a professional packer to do the job for you.
If packing yourself, allow for plenty of time to wrap each item and follow our helpful guide below. For further in-depth packing tips, please reference How to choose a box for shipping and Preparing large items for collection.
Build a strong foundation:
Gather all your packing materials together, such as parcel tape and bubble wrap. Fold in the small flaps of your box, then the large flaps, and seal them shut with three layers of overlapping parcel tape.
With more parcel tape, cover any exposed edges and tightly wrap around the bottom of your container. Once your box is full, repeat the process to secure the lid.
Be extra careful with fragile items:
Cover all items in bubble wrap and use several layers for fragile items, such as picture frames and glass. Place heavy items at the bottom and lighter goods on top and away from the sides of your box.
If you see any gaps, fill them with soft materials like packing paper or towels. Give your container a gentle shake. If you hear a sound, add more soft materials to prevent damage during transit.
Complete your online inventory:
As you pack, log into your account and complete your inventory — a list of every item inside your containers. Accuracy is a must, as customs officials will see it.
Using a marker pen, write the job number, box number, and shipment owner's destination country and city on two sides of each container.
Get ready for collection day:
To protect you and our driver, each box or bag must not exceed a weight of 30kg/66lbs. Weigh each container on bathroom scales. If you are over the limit, remove some items and transfer them to another container.
Lastly, move your luggage as close to the entrance of your building as possible before our driver arrives. Doing so ensures a smooth collection day experience.
Excellent service! Efficient. Someone always answered my questions whenever I called. They are well-trained and know every detail of the shipping process. Workers at the depot are friendly and helpful.SM
Top tourist attractions in Portugal
Portugal is a charming European destination with beautiful beaches and a rich cultural heritage. Explore stunning coastlines, sample fine wines, and experience the vibrant nightlife. Portugal is also known for its hospitality, making it a welcoming and enjoyable destination for travellers.
Here is just a sample of the many must-see destinations and activities in Portugal's biggest cities:
Portugal's capital city is best known for its historic architecture, charming districts, and delicious cuisine. A popular destination for tourists, Lisbon has a mix of old-world charm and modern attractions.
Climb a 16th-century tower: the Belem Tower is a UNESCO World Heritage site and iconic symbol of Lisbon. Originally used to defend the city, it later served as a customs house. Visitors can climb to the top for stunning views of the Tagus River and the surrounding area.
Find some inner peace: the Jerónimos Monastery is a noted masterpiece and a fine example of Portugal's Golden Age of architecture. The monastery is home to the tomb of Portuguese poet Luis de Camões and the nearby church houses the tomb of Vasco da Gama.
Step back into mediaeval times: perched on a hill overlooking the city, the Castelo de São Jorge dates back to the 11th century. Explore the castle's walls, towers, and gardens while enjoying panoramic views of Lisbon.
Wander along colourful streets: Alfama is Lisbon's oldest and most picturesque neighbourhood. Its narrow streets, colourful houses, and stunning views make it a popular tourist destination. There are also several shops, cafes and restaurants to enjoy.
Porto is a charming city known for its charming buildings, cultural heritage, and strong port wine. Explore the winding streets, stunning architecture and culinary delights.
Dine in style: located on the banks of the Douro River, Ribeira is known for its colourful houses, lively atmosphere, and traditional restaurants and bars. Enjoy a walk along the river, take a boat tour, or relax and soak up the ambience.
Soak up some reverence: Porto Cathedral dates back to the 12th century. It is famous for its Romanesque and Gothic architecture, beautiful cloisters, and stunning city views. The silver altar is considered one of the finest examples of Portuguese Baroque art.
Visit the real-life Hogwarts library: Livraria Lello is one of the world's most beautiful and historic bookstores. It features a stunning neo-Gothic façade, intricate wooden carvings, and a grand staircase that has inspired writers such as J.K. Rowling. Browse the endless collection of books, take photos, and learn about the store's history.
Sample some fine wines: Porto is known worldwide for its excellent port. It's in the name! Learn about the wine-making process and sample some of the city's best wines at the many wine cellars across the Douro River.
Braga is known for its rich cultural heritage and stunning architecture. Home to historic churches and monuments, including the Bom Jesus do Monte sanctuary and the Sé de Braga cathedral.
Test your calf muscles: Bom Jesus do Monte is a sanctuary on a hill outside the city. It features a stunning Baroque staircase with 577 steps. Climb the stairs or take a funicular to the top to see the church, chapels, and gardens.
Admire stunning religious art: the Sé de Braga is the city's main cathedral and one of the oldest in Portugal. It features a mix of Romanesque and Gothic architecture. It is home to a collection of religious art, including paintings, sculptures, and tapestries.
Tour a stadium carved into a mountain: the Braga Municipal Stadium is a must-see for sports enthusiasts. The home stadium of Sporting Clube de Braga is famous for its unique rock face stand. Visitors can tour the stadium and learn about the club's history.
Be at one with nature: Santa Barbara Garden offers a peaceful escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. The park features a large lake, fountains, gardens, and walking paths. Visitors can relax on the benches, enjoy the scenery, or picnic on the grass.
Vila Nova de Gaia
Vila Nova de Gaia is a charming city on the Douro River in northwest Portugal. Explore the city's many parks and gardens, taste some wine, visit museums and galleries, or walk along the promenade.
Take a waterfront stroll: Cais de Gaia is a famously bustling promenade. There are plenty of restaurants, bars, cafes and souvenir shops to enjoy. You can also take in beautiful views of Porto's historic centre across the river.
Relax on the beach: enjoy the soft sand and clear waters of Lavadores Beach. It is an excellent spot for sunbathing, swimming, and relaxing. Several restaurants and cafes are nearby if you want to grab a bite to eat.
Experience deep serenity: Serra do Pilar Monastery was built in the 16th century. The monastery is now a UNESCO World Heritage site. Visitors can explore its beautiful cloisters, chapels, and courtyards.
Zip over the entire city: take a cable car ride from Jardim do Morro in Vila Nova de Gaia to the Ponte da Arrábida bridge for unique city views. The thrilling ride lasts about ten minutes each way and offers scenic sights over Porto and the Douro River.