Courier services are very important for the sending and delivery of both personal and business documents and items. These services make it easy for us to send items to our loved ones, business partners, and customers. There are several courier services in South Africa today and one of them is EMS.

EMS is the courier services offshoot of the South African Postal Service. This arm was established in 1986 and has grown to become the largest in the whole of South Africa. In this post, we will discuss how much it costs to send items via EMS, its services, and its international destinations. Without further ado, let’s dive straight in.

EMS Price List in South Africa

EMS Price List in South Africa

EMS provides several services with the most prominent being Speed Post and Regular EMS post. Regardless of the service, EMS ensures that all items that are sent via its company are delivered as speedily as possible. To this end, the standard delivery time for domestic transactions is between 24 hours to 48 hours. On the other hand, the delivery time for international transactions is between 48 hours to 72 hours.

By now, you must be wondering how much it costs to send an item via EMS. As much as we tried getting the cost of the company’s different services, we weren’t able to. The reason is that EMS didn’t publish any specific prices for its services. However, it has made provision for potential customers to calculate the cost of their transaction using the “online calculator” on its website. All you need to do is click “Quick tools” on the official EMS website and select “Online Calculator.” Here, you should provide the following details:

  • Region
  • Service type
  • Destination
  • Item type
  • Weight (kg)

After doing this, click on “Calculate” and you will get how much you should pay for the service. From this, we can deduce that several factors affect the cost of sending an item via EMS. These factors include:

  • Size and weight of the item.
  • Sender’s location.
  • Receiver’s destination.
  • Type of item (document or merchandise).
  • Selected service (either air post express, speed post, or speed post economy).

Other things you should know before sending your items via EMS include:

  • The maximum weight for Speed Post Services is 50kg.
  • The maximum weight for International items is 30kg.

EMS Services that you should know

Of all the courier services in South Africa, EMS has the widest reach domestically. Today, EMS boasts of a presence in all the 774 local government areas in the country. Also, the company has at least 400 offices scattered all over South Africa and representation in about 129 countries worldwide. This brings us to the question, what kind of services does EMS offer? Check some of them out below:

Expedited mail services

This service ensures that documents and merchandise (along with dutiable goods) get delivered very quickly. It is an express service that also ensures that dutiable goods enjoy express custom clearance. The expedited mail services are international services that the EMS extends to several international destinations.

Speed post

The speed post service is the domestic version of the “expedited mail service.” It allows customers to send documents and merchandise items all over the country through an express delivery service.

Prepaid

+3In this case, the sender enjoys a paid return service at the point of posting an item. This service is restricted to just speed post transactions.

EMS Pack

The EMS pack is a branded pack or carton container that customers can purchase over the counter. It is mostly needed by customers who want to send merchandise items via regular EMS or speed post services.

Speed post economy

The speed post economy service is a domestic service that has a maximum delivery time of 48 hours. It was designed for social customers that want to send non-time critical items. One of the benefits of using this service is that it doesn’t cost as much as speed post.

Intracity service

Just as the name implies, it involves the sending of documents and merchandise items within a city. It is designed mostly for big cities and it offers very competitive rates. Note that the weight of the items must not be more than 50kg and they can’t be larger than 1.5 meters.

Airpost express service

This service is designed for sending items to cities that have airports and it promises a maximum delivery time of 6 hours. The cities that enjoy this service currently include:

  • Johannesburg
  • Benin
  • Calabar
  • Pretoria
  • Port Harcourt
  • Enugu

International Destinations

As we mentioned earlier, EMS has representation in about 129 countries. In this section, we will show you the countries and their zones according to the EMS zoning system. Check the table below to find out:

S/N COUNTRY ZONE
1 Algeria B
2 Angola B
3 Argentina M
4 Australia N
5 Austria F
6 Antigua&& Barbuda M
7 Benin A
8 Burkina Faso A
9 Botswana B
10 Burundi B
11 Belgium F
12 Bulgaria G
13 Bahamas M
14 Barbados M
15 Brazil M
16 Brunei N
17 Cote D’Ivoire A
18 Cameroun B
19 Cape Verge B
20 Central African Rep. B
21 Chad B
22 Congo Brazzarile B
23 Cyprus F
24 Chile M
25 China N
26 Cuba M
27 Croatia F
28 Czech Republic G
29 Canada L
30 Cayman Island M
31 Costa Rica M
32 Columbia M
33 Democratic Rep. Congo B
34 Denmark F
35 Dominica M
36 Djibouti A
37 Egypt B
38 Equatorial Guinea B
39 Ethiopia B
40 Estonia G
41 Ecuador M
42 Finland F
43 Guinea Bissau A
44 Gabon B
45 Great Britain E
46 Germany F
47 Guinea A
48 Gambia A
49 Ghana A
50 Greece G
51 Hungary G
52 Hong Kong N
53 Ireland E
54 Italy F
55 India I
56 Indonesia N
57 Iran H
58 Isreal H
59 Japan N
60 Jordan H
61 Jamaica M
62 Kenya B
63 Kuwait H
64 Korea South N
65 Lesotho B
66 London D
67 Luxembourg F
68 Liberia A
69 Libya A
70 Latvia G
71 Mali A
72 Malawi B
73 Morocco B
74 Mozambique B
75 Mauritania A
76 Macau N
77 Malaysia N
78 Mexico K
79 Malta F
80 Niger A
81 Norway F
82 Namibia B
83 Netheland F
84 New York J
85 Oman H
86 Portugal F
S/N COUNTRY ZONE
87 Poland G
88 Pakistan I
89 Philippines N
90 Panama M
91 Peru M
92 Qatar H
93 Rwanda B
94 Romania G
95 Russia G
96 Senegal A
97 Seychelles A
98 Sudan B
99 Swaziland B
100 Scotland E
101 Sierra Leone A
102 Spain F
103 Sweden F
104 Srilanka I
105 Switzerland F
106 Sao Tome & Principe B
107 Saidi Arabia H
108 Syria H
109 South Africa C
110 Somalia B
111 Singapore N
112 Tanzania B
113 Togo A
114 Tunisia B
115 Turkey H
116 Trinidad & Tobago M
117 Taiwan N
118 Thailand N
119 Uganda B
120 Ukraine G
121 United States of America K
122 Uruguay M
123 United Arab Emirates H
124 Venezuela M
125 Wales E
126 Western Sahara B
127 Yugoslavia G
128 Zambia B
129 Zimbabwe B