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Moving to Australia

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Moving to Australia

What you need to know when relocating to Australia

Are you planning on moving to Australia from New Zealand?

Moving Personal Effects to AustraliaWhether you're going by yourself, or relocating to Australia with your family, the moving process is a big one. Here at Transworld, our mission is to make your move as easy as possible.

As certified and knowledgeable moving specialists, our team are here to answer your questions, help you weigh up the options and keep you informed throughout the whole process.

To help you with your move to Australia, we’ve put together useful tips and advice around:

  1. Shipping options
  2. Australian Customs
  3. What you can and can't take

Start ticking off your moving house checklist below.


Shipping your personal belongings: your options

There are several options when it comes to shipping your personal belongings to Australia. When weighing up these options, consider the following:

  1. How much do you want to take?
  2. What's your budget?
  3. How fast do you want your goods to arrive?


FCL: for when you’re shipping a full household

Moving Personal Effects to AustraliaIf you are shipping a full household, you’ll probably need a sole-use container (FCL).

This is a faster way to ship as you’re not having to share the container with others. Once your container has been loaded, it will be sealed and delivered to the port for immediate shipping.

Transworld operates regular FCL shipping services to all ports in Australia.

Key benefits:

  1. More capacity: a full container can typically accommodate a complete household
  2. Faster shipping times: normally FCLs are loaded at clients' residence, delivered directly to the port and shipped on the first available vessel. 
  3. Ship anywhere in Australia: our full container service covers all major Australian ports


Groupage: for when you're happy to share

If you've got a small household, or just wanting to ship a few household items, groupage shipping is the answer.

This way you share a container with other clients moving to the same destination. Groupage is an economical way of shipping, as you only pay for the space you use.  

Keep in mind, this service may take a little longer while we wait to fill the container for your destination but it is a very cost effective option.

Key benefits:

  1. Lower cost: pricing is based on the actual size of your shipment, so you only pay for the space your effects occupy in the container.
  2. Flexibility : giving you the freedom to decidehow much you want to ship, from a couple of boxes to a small household
  3. Ship all over Australia: we regularly ship groupage containers to Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth, and can deliver to all parts of Australia. 


Air Freight: for when you want it extra fast

Australian Air FreightAir Freight is the fastest option, though the most expensive. Ideal if you’re not taking a lot, or for those extra items you’ll need soon after your arrival.

Key benefits:

  1. Fastest option: air freight is the fastest way to get your effects to Australia
  2. Perfect for a few essential items: when you need them urgently
  3. Deliver anywhere in Australia: our air freight service covers all major cities in Australia


How long will shipping take?

Approximate door to door transit times, including packing and unpacking, are as follows:

  1. FCL: Allowing for Customs and quarantine delays at destination, typically shipping to Australia will take between 4 to 6 weeks
  2. Groupage: Because this is a shared container, shipping can take a little longer while we wait to fill the container. Transit times are approximately 6 to 8 weeks depending on your actual destination
  3. Air Freight: This is the fastest shipping option and usually takes up to 2 weeks


Want to know how much shipping to Australia costs? Request a free quote!


We take care of Quarantine and Customs formalities

Australian CustomsAs part of our door-to-door service, Transworld takes care of all Quarantine and Customs requirements in Australia.

Our team will manage all the necessary paperwork.

What we take care of:

  1. Quarantine inspection
  2. Supply you with the required Australian "Unaccompanied Personal Effects Statement" for you to make your declaration
  3. If we have packed your shipment we compile an inventory of each item


What you need to do:

  1. Ensure that all your goods are free from contaminants
  2. Make sure that all garden tools, outdoor furniture, lawn mowers, bicycles, sporting equipment, shoes and boots are free of soil and seed contaminants
  3. Check that your vacuum cleaner is thoroughly cleaned, bag emptied and disposed of


What you can and can't ship to Australia

Prohibited and restricted items

Australian Prohibited & Restricted ImportsLike New Zealand, Australia has strict Customs and Quarantine rules. 

Items that can't be shipped include:

  1. Live plants
  2. Flammables such as matches, lighter fluids and aerosol cans
  3. Perishables such as meat products


Not sure what you can take to Australia? Give us a call, we're happy to answer your questions.


Importing firearms and weapons into Australia

Firearms are subject to the Customs Regulations and require import approval prior to arrival in Australia.

You will need written permission from your local state or territory police firearms and weapons registry, who will provide you with the relevant form for completion – “Importation of Firearms – Police Confirmation and Certification”.

The importation of other types of weapons, including flick knives, daggers, swordsticks, knuckle dusters, replica guns, BB guns and unsafe firearms is prohibited.


Shipping cars & vehicles to Australia

Shipping Cars

If you're looking to ship your car, motorbike or other kind of vehicle to Australia from New Zealand, you'll need to apply for a Vehicle Import Approval, which is subject to certain requirements, including:

  1. The vehicle must have been owned and used by the applicant for at least 12 months
  2. The applicant must be an Australian citizen; or
  3. Have applied to be an Australian resident (e.g, hold a permanent visa); or
  4. Hold a visa that allows you to apply to become an Australian permanent resident (e.g, hold a temporary visa that lets you apply for a permanent visa); or
  5. Otherwise be entitled to remain in Australia indefinitely (e.g, a New Zealand citizen)
  6. All imported vehicles are subject to duty and GST 


If you've got a question about the Vehicle Import Approval application give us a call, we'd love to help.


Taking pets to Australia

Moving Pets to AustraliaTransworld can take care of transporting your pet(s) to Australia, including arranging health certificates and statutory declarations.

Here are some of the key things you need to know about taking dogs and cats to Australia:

  1. Your pet won't be held in quarantine if they've been in New Zealand for 90 days before shipping
  2. They must be more than two months old
  3. An Export Certificate is required
  4. All pets must be microchipped


Transworld service: door-to-door shipping

With our door-to-door service, the Transworld team will take care of all your shipping requirements.

From packing your possessions, to shipping, to arranging Customs and Quarantine clearance, to safely delivering them to your new residence in Australia.

Throughout the whole process, you'll have a dedicated team member to answer your questions, keep you updated and make sure your requirements are fully met.


Our friendly team are here to make your move as easy and possible and make sure your goods arrive safe and secure. Give us a call for a free quote.


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