Considering moving your family to Australia for a new, “down under” lifestyle? The time has never been better. As we specialise in removals and shipping to Australia, we can help you to get the best start in your new home.
Moving to Australia offers individuals and families countless benefits: a great climate, scenic beaches, modern conveniences and great employment and cultural opportunities.
Shipping Options to Australia
Exclusive Use / Full Container Load (FCL) Service: If you are shipping your belongings in your own exclusive use container (known as a Full Container Load [FCL] service), the transit time is approximately between 8-10 weeks door to door. Container shipping to Australia through the FCL option is recommended for a full house removal. This allows you to have sole exclusive use of a 20ft or a 40ft steel shipping container. As a rough guide, the contents of a three bedroom house usually fit into a 20ft container.
Shared Container / Groupage Service: If you have less than a full container load, you can ship your belongings to Australia using our groupage service. This is essentially a shared container service. If you aren’t shipping enough to fill a 20ft container, you can split the cost with other consignments. This is a cheaper option for many people who do not want to ship their whole house or are trying to keep the costs down for their move. The approximate transit time for a shared container / groupage service is between 10 and 12 weeks door to door depending on the destination in Australia.
Guideline Pricing for Shipments to Australia
It is generally cheaper to ship than to replace. You can get an estimate of the cost of shipping your household items to Australia by using the Move System, John Mason International’s Instant Online Quote generator. The Move System allows you to compare the cost of shipping items compared to replacing the furniture and household effects upon your arrival overseas.
To obtain a quote for your move to Australia, follow the link above (top right hand corner of the page) to our Move System. You can also contact us to arrange a free home survey to obtain an official quote for your relocation to Australia.
Customs and Quarantine Requirements
Australia’s Department of Agriculture have issued strict quarantine regulations concerning the importation of food and plant and animal materials into Australia. This is to prevent pests and diseases from entering the country in order to protect the natural environment of Australia. Your shipment may be delayed if you include such items in your consignment and items may be seized and destroyed by Australian quarantine. Items which have been in contact with soil are also subject to strict regulations. In order to remove all traces of dirt and soil, the following items must be cleaned and disinfected:
- Outdoor items including outdoor furniture, golf clubs, golf shoes, bicycles, outdoor children’s play equipment – in summary, any item which has had contact with the ground outside, must be cleaned to remove visible dirt and also disinfected.
- Shoes: the soles of shoes must be cleaned thoroughly and sterilised.
Australian Customs Form: B534-AUSTRALIAN-CUSTOMS-FORM
Download information on How to complete B534 Form
Download information on Completing Australia Customs Guide
Please see Australian quarantine information here: What Can’t I Take to Australia.
Please note that regulations can change on a regular basis so please contact us if you require further information regarding your move to Australia. A full Customs Guide to Australia is available upon request.