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Household Shipping

There are a number of ways that you can move your household items to your new country. You can either do this by Air Freight or Sea Freight. There are advantages for both and you will need to decide which best suits you based on cost, how much stuff you have, when you would like your household items to arrive etc. Other considerations to be made are;

• What kind of restrictions are there on goods that may be transported
• Insurance during shipment, (or house to house?)
• Do you want to use a removal company that does household packing or will you do it yourself?

Air Freight

Air Freight can be a cost effective way of transporting goods. It has the advantage of speed of delivery which may be a good option if you have already arranged permanent accommodation. It may be the best option if you are moving to a land locked country or inland areas.

Sea Freight

There are a few options in the type of sea freight that is available. If you have a lot of belongings you may choose to do a full container load. This usually involves the shipping company to come to your home and loading the container there as long as there is sufficient access. There is also the option of your container being customs checked in front of you, giving the assurance that what is in your container after it leaves your sight is only what you will receive at the other end. If you don't have a lot of items to ship but still a considerable amount then you may choose a Groupage Option where the container is shared with other company clients that are shipping to the same destination. This option is however subject to availability. All shipments will be delivered to the closest port to where you are living, so you may have to arrange transport from the port to your house.

What can you fly/ship?

You should check the Customs regulations of your destination country for a list of prohibited items. For Australia, see www.customs.gov.au


It is never too early to start packing. The last thing you want is to be caught out on the day of your flight with cleaning out the shed!

Things to remember when packing:

  • Each carton that you pack should be labelled clearly with a detailed inventory of its contents. This helps the removal company to pack the container appropriately, customs and unpacking at the other end!
  • Check if there are any parking restrictions outside your house for the removal vehicle / container. Perhaps arrange with your neighbours to have enough space for parking as close as possible to your home. Make sure that your driveway is clear of obstruction.
  • Any appliance that is connected directly to the main power supply needs to be disconnected by a professional.
  • Ensure that all fixtures and fittings are dismantled prior to packing; this includes self assembly furniture, shelving, cabinets etc.
  • Refrigerators and freezers need to be defrosted the day before shipping and wiped out with a damp cloth and vanilla essence
  • Consumables are generally prohibited. Prescription medicines should be accompanied with a letter from your GP/physician.
  • Artworks, should be wrapped carefully and securely
  • TV's, radios, telecommunication devices etc, may not work outside the country that they were made for. Check this before packing.
  • Check if firearms need an import permit for your new country.
  • Outdoor equipment generally needs to be quarantined. Make sure that when preparing it for shipment that you have cleaned these items thoroughly.

Make sure that when the removal company is in your home, you have the baggage you are taking with you on your flight clearly separated from the stuff that you are shipping.

Recommended Removal Companies

Anglo Pacific International

PSS Removals

Britannia Movers International

Consider an operator such as Voovit who offer international shipping to and from Australia and excess baggage.


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