There are many customs regulations that have to be followed when shipping or freighting possessions to Australia. The Australian customs authorities will usually require extensive documentation, including a detailed inventory listing the value of the goods.
Airfreight and sea freight to Perth
The two main options for sending goods to Perth are airfreight and sea freight. The latter is the commonly preferred option, as it is considerably cheaper, although it may take up to four weeks longer than by air when sending from Europe or North America. Many expats who wish to bring goods from another country generally opt to ship their essentials by air, and then send less urgently-needed items by sea.
Shipping pets and household goods to Perth
Expats must be aware that all household goods and personal effects will be subject to customs inspection and clearance. Household goods can generally be imported duty-free, provided they have been owned and used for at least 12 months prior to arriving in Australia.
Shipping pets to Perth may require quarantine and necessitates careful planning. We recommend that expats enlist the help of a pet relocation specialist.
►For more details on the relevant regulations, see Shipping and Removals in Australia
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