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Moving to Australia: A Short Guide to Shipping Your Personal Effects

Moving to Australia

Many of us often dream about leaving the grey skies of Britain for the glorious sun, sea and sandy shores of the Gold Coast. In fact, it will probably come as no surprise that Australia is the most popular destination for British emigrants, with tens of thousands leaving every year in pursuit of a new life Down Under.

When you bite the bullet and decide to make the move, realisation can quickly set in about exactly how much there is to organise, from medical examinations to visas to pet permits! But undoubtedly one of the biggest tasks facing you when you’re moving overseas will be organising the transportation of your personal effects.

Every country has its own unique rules and regulations when it comes to importing goods, and sometimes successfully navigating these on your own can be pretty tricky. Australia’s regulations are particularly strict due to their desire to protect the environment from the threat of harmful diseases and pests. Here are just a few key things that need to be taken into consideration before you make the big move:

What CAN’T I take to Australia?

There are a number of prohibited goods that you won’t be able to bring with you. These include live plant material such as potted plants and bulbs, as well as seeds, nuts, dairy and meat products (excluding canned goods). Any items containing CFCs are also banned. Among other things, this might include your current refrigerator, although newer models are unlikely to be affected.

Whilst able to be taken with you, there are also a variety of goods that will require declaration. These will be inspected at the border prior to importation. These include:

  • Products made from plant material

This includes wooden furniture and goods made from wicker, bamboo and straw. Even a seemingly innocent box of Christmas decorations can be problematic as many are made using natural materials such as holly or bark.

  • Animal products

This includes skins, hides and furs, so you might have some issues with that expensive hide rug. Shells and coral must also be declared, which might include things like jewellery or other pieces of homeware. Beeswax is also a restricted item so you may wish to avoid packing products that contain this such as candles as these may cause delays during quarantine inspection. 

It should also be considered that products that may carry contamination from plant material or soil need to be cleaned and disinfected before being shipped. This includes footwear, gardening equipment like lawnmowers and outdoor sports equipment like bicycles, golf clubs or fishing equipment. 

This is just a small selection of things that should be taken into consideration when packing, for more information on this view the Australian Government’s Department of Agriculture and Water Resources website.

What shipping options are there?

There are a number of different shipping options to Australia, which can be made via air or sea, that you may wish to consider. The cost and suitability of these options will vary depending on a number of factors including the volume of items you plan to move and how quickly you want them to arrive at your new home. These options are:

  • Sole use container
  • Shared use container
  • Cased container
  • Air freight

You can learn more about the different container and transportation options on our overseas page, alternatively give us a call on 0800 093 1990 and our international shipping experts will be happy to discuss these options with you further.

How can Reliable help?

As Reliable are highly experienced in removals to Australia, we’re perfectly placed to help you make the move to your new home, taking the stress out of what can be a testing process. We provide an expert consultation and door-to-door international removals service.

From the outset, your dedicated international logistics agent will assess your goods, advise you on the best way to transport them and sort all the necessary documentation you need for the export of your items to Australia. When the time comes, our team will come to you to wrap and package everything to export standards, inventorying each and every item whilst loading and sealing the container at your residence for your full assurance.

The time it takes for your goods to reach you will vary depending on the shipping option that you choose, but with live updates from the ship you can stay aware of exactly where your items are at any given time. We partner with proven destination agents who work with us to ensure that your goods have arrived safely and all importation paperwork is in check. When everything is safely in Australia, they’ll deliver your goods to your new home, where they’ll unload and unwrap everything with the same level of care and attention with which it was packed.

Planning a move to Australia? Our experienced international removals agents can take ownership of the exportation of your personal effects, relieving you of the stress and paperwork involved. If you’re planning an international move and would like to discuss this with us, give us a call on 0800 093 1990 or get in touch through our contact page.

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