Staffordshire & Cheshire Removals
UK and International Removals & Storage since 1935
Removals to Australia
Planning your removal to Australia can feel a bit overwhelming, but with the knowledge and guidance available from Britannia Goodwins your removal to Australia can be as stress-free as possible. We have the expertise and the local knowledge to ensure your move is bespoke for your individual needs.
Of course, your removal is only just part of your emigration to Australia so we also have information about Australian visas and advice on getting settled in Australia to help you along your way.
Moving personal effects to Australia
Duty free entry is granted if the goods have been owned for at least 12 months. When moving household items to Austalia an inventory is required, and Britannia Goodwins will provide you with the correct customs forms that must be completed before your household goods leave the UK.
All household and personal effects entering Australia are subject to a physical examination by the Australian authorities. to ensure no pests or disease is brought into the country.
Prohibitions and Restrictions
In general it is in your interest not to import the following items:
- Firearms & ammunition
- Inflammable goods & substances
- Plants & plant material
- Foodstuffs, perishables or otherwise, particularly opened packages which can harbour pests
- Narcotics and dangerous goods
- Offensive materials
- Alcohol & Tobacco
Keep in mind that all alcoholic beverages will be subject to customs duty and Goods and Service Tax (GST). Beer, wine, and spirits all attract extremely high levels of duty and GST.
Transit times for removals to Australia
Groupage or shared load consignments usually arrive nine to 14 weeks door-to-door. Keep in mind, though, that this can vary depending on volume being shipped, customs or immigration delays and weather conditions. Sole use containers usually take six to eight weeks port-to-port, and there's normally a weekly service to all major ports. Transport then to your home will add an additional time to arrival at your home.
Moving cats and dogs to Australia
Cats and dogs may only be imported under strict conditions designed to manage biosecurity risks. They are subject to quarantine. The preparation of your pet to move to Australia is lengthy, you'll need to start well in advance. They also offer a step-by-step guide for importing dogs and cats from the United Kingdom to Australia.
To ease the stress of taking your pets with you to Australia, we can recommend a specialised shipper of animals to assist you in sending your family pets to Australia. They will coordinate all documentation and necessary veterinary procedures. Just ask when you enquire about your removal, we are glad to help.
Unfortunately, the importation of birds into Australia is currently prohibited.
Find out more about moving abroad with pets
Moving your car to Australia
You can move your car to Australia, but it does take some preparation first. All motor vehicles must be cleaned to import standards and they need to be granted import approval for customs clearance at the point of entry in Australia. All imported vehicles are subject to duty. Once you have imported your car, changes to the vehicle may be required to make it compliant with Australian standards.
8 steps to importing your vehicle into Australia, from the Australian Government
Moving to Australia with Britannia Goodwins
Customs Clearance - Generally it takes 10 to 15 days for customs clearance and delivery. This time can be affected by government policy, inspection of goods, etc.
Packing & Delivery - Our highly trained removal men can pack and export wrap your household goods to ensure that they are transported safely and in compliance with Australian import rules. If you choose a full door to door service to Australia, Britannia Goodwins will arrange for the delivery of your household goods to your new home.
How may we help with your removal to Australia?
Ring us on 01785 251161 and our home moving experts will be glad to assist you.
Alternatively, you can contact us or use our online booking to set up an appointment for your home removal survey - both services can be accessed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, meaning you can contact us when it suits you.