Shipping and Removals in Australia

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Shipping items to Australia is a relatively easy process
Many reputable companies offer shipping and removal services to and from Australia, and expats relocating to Australia can import their household effects duty-free provided they’ve owned them for 12 months. Furthermore, many of the nation’s major cities are positioned on the coast, and most have ports that are efficient, well-managed and incredibly familiar with receiving or sending container shipments. 

That said, the rule of thumb for shipping to a country as far for many as Australia is, is to avoid it unless it is absolutely necessary.

Shipping furniture to Australia

Although unfurnished accommodation is more popular in Oz, it’s still possible to find furnished accommodation; and expats will find countless shopping opportunities to stock up on household goods and favoured home furnishings. 

Cost of shipping to Australia

Shipping, both by sea or by air, can be incredibly expensive. In many cases though, it’s possible to have the employer foot the bill for bringing goods across, or to at least set aside some sort of allowance for shipping personal items.

Shipments made by sea are generally less expensive than those by air, but those sent by air will obviously arrive much sooner than those sent by sea. It’s recommended that expats use a combination of both, shipping essential goods by air, and those less than necessary goods by sea.

Costs are dependent on the volume of goods shipped (usually calculated in cubic metres) or the weight (in pounds), and the distance the cargo must travel. It’s a good idea to solicit at least three quotes from service providers.

Expats should be aware that shippers often tack on additional expenses for certain packing materials, handling and hoisting of excessively large items and certain processing requirements.

Furthermore, it’s a good idea to buy insurance from a company other than the shipping company used, to ensure reliable coverage on broken cargo.

Expats should plan to arrive in Australia at least seven days prior to the arrival of their goods to avoid high storage fees, but this isn’t a legal requirement; expats have up to six months to arrive in Australia after their goods touch down. 

Expats may also be asked to prove ownership of certain items by presenting receipts, insurance papers, etc. For new-looking electronic goods especially, it’s best to have these on-hand.

Shipping pets to Australia

Shipping pets to Australia can be a complex process. The relevant bio-security regulations relating to the country of origin must be met, and a microchip must be implanted in the animal for identification purposes. Owners will also need to pay for quarantine, an import permit, and air transport. Expats will be required to complete official documentation with information on the content of consignment as well as copies of all passports and visas.

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