International removals to Australia

A new life on Bondi Beach may beckon or maybe a dream job in Melbourne is on the cards. Whatever it is that’s luring you to Australia, one thing is certain; you’re going to need help transporting your belongings thousands of miles. Entrusting your belongings to a reliable international removals company, is the key to success.

Picking the right company

To ensure you have a trustworthy removals company start by looking out for the correct accreditations and awards. They should offer the following assurances:

– FAIM Accreditation, which is only independent Quality Assurance standard for the International Moving Industry;

– Membership of the FIDI Global Alliance, which sets a quality benchmark for its members; and

– Membership of the British Association of Removers Overseas Group. BAR OVERSEAS is covered by the I.M.M.I. Advance payment guarantee scheme for your financial protection

Gathering Quotes

Before you can go ahead and pick the correct company for you, ensure you gather a number of quotes(see our ask the experts page). Once you have the quotes, you can decide which company best suits your needs. Most companies like a few months warning about removals, but many can be flexible, as they realise emigrating isn’t easy to plan.

The Moving Process

Once you’ve chosen your removals company they should give you a provisional moving date and assign you co-ordinators who’ll have the inside track on moving to Australia. You’ll be given the option of packing your goods yourself, in which case you’ll be supplied with the correct materials closer to the time, or you may decide to have someone do this for you. If you decide on the latter, a specialist team of packers will arrive on your assigned day and pack all your goods in the appropriate materials, and they may also come with extra boxes and packaging, should you be unsure about particular items. Once all goods are packed you’ll be given an inventory of what’s gone on the shipment. This will help you keep track of your belongings. Your international removals company should also make it clear what you can and can’t take to Australia. For more information check out the following websites: What you can and can’t take is here: http://www.customs.gov.au/

On Arrival

An experienced company will make sure you have all the correct documentation for your move to Australia. Your belongings will need to clear customs so it’s essential you receive the correct information and documentation. This is as follows:

– Fully completed Australian Customs form B534;

– Removal inventory (PSS will prepare this if PSS are packing);

– Valuation form for Shipment Protection cover;

– Copy of your Passport and Visa;

– Purchase receipts (only applicable if you are importing any newly purchased goods); and

– Import approval (if you are importing a car).

What can your removals firm help with?

• Coordinating your removal to Australia – advice on tasks to complete and timings
• Documentation – details of tax, visas, import and insurance paperwork needed
• Exports – advice on legal restrictions of what to take and what to leave behind
• Costs – detailed outline of the costs involved in international removals
• Local knowledge – account managers who know the unique cultural, economic and legal landscape of where you are headed
• Specialist partners – recommendations for reliable consultancy on recruitment, visas, banking, education, pet shipping, finances, tax and pensions

Transit Times

Your international removals company should let you know when your goods are going to arrive, and keep in regular contact should there be any problems. When shipping your personal belongings to Australia the transit time between removal in the UK and arrival at your new home will be approximately six to eight weeks for full container shipments and eight to 12 weeks for part load shipments.

Moving to Australia | A Brief Guide
1. If you’re travelling light (1-20 cartons), an excess baggage service will cover your needs; if you have over 20 cartons to ship, a part or full removals service will be needed.
2. It’s advisable to book a removals service 4 weeks prior to your move. If the date of moving may be subject to change, ask your removals firm for a provisional booking.
3. If you do not have an address at the time of booking your removal, a contact address and contact details should suffice. The delivery address can be advised later.
4. When shipping your personal belongings to Australia, the transit time between removal in the UK and arrival at your new home will be approximately 6-8 weeks, for full container shipments, and 8-12 weeks for part load shipments.
5. All goods entering Australia are subject to a physical examination by DAFF (Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry) before they can be released for delivery.
6. Once your goods have been released by Australian customs as well as DAFF your removals firm will contact you to arrange a suitable delivery day.
7. Documents you will need to produce include: Australian customs form B534, removal inventory, valuation form for shipment protection cover, copies of your passport and visa, purchase receipts (if you are importing any newly purchased goods), import approval (if you are importing a car).
8. Beware that restricted exports to Australia, where approval maybe required, include: some medicines; some cosmetics; products made from endangered animal fur/skin/tusks (with CITES certificate); firearms and ammunition; knives and daggers, martial arts weapons; bamboo, wicker or cane items. Check the complete list here.
9. Prohibited exports to Australia include: seeds, plants and dried floral arrangements; pinecones or any plant matter; untreated wood or bark; food and meats; and endangered animal fur/skin/tusks (without CITES certificate).
10. Antiques with a value above AUD1000 are likely to require an import declaration. Antiques older than 100 years may be imported free of duty if a Certificate of Antiquity issued by a recognised association or authority can be provided.
11. Prices for international removals to Australia depend on destination and shipment size.
12. All goods entering Australia are subject to duty tax and Goods & Services Tax (GST). However, a personal or household effects shipment will qualify for free entry if your goods have been owned and used for 12 months or more by you.

So if you are thinking about moving to Australia and want to find out more about what you should expect.

Article supplied kindly by PSS removals. If you have a question about international removals contact our removals experts via our Ask the Expert page.