Your move to Australia: Deciding what to ship

Your move to Australia: Deciding what to ship

What to ship, what to bring with you, and what to leave behind can be tricky decisions when you are relocating to another country. A good rule of thumb to help decide what and how much you want to move is to ship as much as possible if your furniture and personal effects are in good condition or have sentimental value.

Most people find it useful to compare costs of shipping versus buying the goods in Australia. If you plan to move a larger amount of items and belongings than your accompanying luggage will allow, the services from shipping & relocation companies will come as great help. You can contact several shipping companies online and get quotes on how much it will cost approximately to ship your goods, being sure to factor in insurance and any other applicable costs. Then do some research online on how much it would cost to buy these goods in Australia. Consider options of buying brand new, refurbished, and pre-loved if you’d like.

Duty and import charges may apply to certain items, so be sure to check with the Australian Border Protection and factor in any applicable costs when making your decision.

Getting practical – consider the rules

Although they may seem apparent, these are important things to consider when deciding what items to bring and what to leave behind:

  • Will my items be allowed into the country?

Australia has some tight quarantine laws, particularly around food, plant and animal material. There are also other restrictions on what you can bring into the country and in some cases permits may be required. Ensure you consult the Department of Immigration and Border Protection website on www.border.gov.au beforehand to familiarise yourself on what you can and can’t bring into the country as well as applicable quarantine requirements.

  • Will my appliances work in Australia?

Australia uses a 3-pin plug. The standard voltage for electrical appliances in Australia is 240 volts and 50Hz therefore UK appliances are generally OK and European appliances should be OK although we suggest you check with a manufacturer or electrician. Appliances from US or Canada may need to be modified. You may get a 240V-110V step down voltage converter/transformer for some appliances to work.