Shipping your belongings

Shipping your belongings


There are a number of options for bringing more personal belongings with you to Australia, once you’ve worked out what to move and what to leave behind.


Checked in Baggage

Most airlines allow 2 pieces of baggage on long-haul flights with a weight limit of approximately 23 kilos each in economy class, with extra allowances for business and first class travellers. Check with your airline as luggage restrictions may vary. Also ask if the airline will offer additional baggage if you are migrating. Some airlines offer Pre-purchased Additional Baggage Allowance which you can order prior to your trip with cheaper rates than excess baggage charges at the airport. Look out for Discount Excess Baggage Service or Unaccompanied Baggage Service companies which operate between airports, with the owner being responsible for all customs clearance regulations and takes an average of 7-10 days.


Air Freight

If you have a small amount of items, air freight may be your best option. Air freight usually arrives within 1 or 2 weeks depending on where it originates and the cost is determined by the weight of the package. Get a number of quotes before deciding and ask if tracking is included. You will be required to show your passport as identification and provide a detailed inventory of items included in your shipment. Dangerous items are prohibited and many companies will not accept valuable items as air freight cargo.

It is often a good idea to send a small box of important items to tide you over till your sea shipment arrives.


Sea Freight

Sea freight is usually the cheapest and most viable option for bringing your goods to Australia. Goods are shipped in 20 or 40 ft containers and if you cannot fill one with your belongings then you will have your goods shipped in a shared container. Transit times for a shared container depend on where the freight originates but can vary depending on holdups in customs. Costs for this service are dependant on the amount you are shipping and whether you wish to pay a premium for a door-to-door service. Keep in mind that your insurance premiums may be affected if you pack your goods yourself.

All shipments entering Australia are subject to a government quarantine inspection. Charges for this must be paid after arrival in Australia and are not included in your removal quotation. Provided you have the correct visa in your passport, household effects and personal items you have owned for 12 months can be imported free of duty charges.


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