So you’ve made the big decision to relocate internationally and moving to Australia is your first choice.
Starting the process of moving to Australia
And now you’ll need to start thinking about how to prepare to ship your household possessions overseas. Planning your move needn’t be stressful, we will take care of all the hard work for you: writing up an inventory, wrapping and packing all your belongings into a container to be safely delivered to your new home.
Here are a few other helpful tips for moving to Australia
You may need to leave some of your household items in storage. Make sure you choose a reputable, secure storage facility – it’s too risky to choose a cheap option only to find your storage unit has been burgled when you’re overseas, or items have been water damaged. All Monarch’s warehouse facilities are waterproof, damp-free, fire-protected and pest-controlled.
If you are thinking about storage insurance for your peace of mind, you’re welcome to chat with us about arranging it for you. Typically a percentage insurance extension premium is payable every month, with the first 30 days free.
Using technology to make things easier
The Australian Government recommend using the Can I pack that? – Dangerous Goods App to double-check the safety of items. Helps inform you about what you can and can’t pack in your luggage. You can download the app for iOS and Android.
Moving your pets with you to Australia
If you’re taking your pets, make sure their vaccinations are up to date, they’re microchipped and healthy. This Australian Government info site provides loads of essential information about moving your pets over. Our specialist moving services experts are ready to help you move your pets safely to your new home.
When shipping your goods to Australia, it shouldn’t include food, animal and plant materials in your container. The Australian Quarantine Inspection Service (AQIS) has strict regulations and carry out inspections on goods brought into the country. It can be the less obvious items that are a problem, so make sure you clean all household cleaning, gardening and sporting equipment well before you pack them in for your move to avoid them being confiscated at customs.
Wooden furniture is a likely target for inspection by Australian customs because of the potential insect infestations. If your furniture is found to be infested, you will be responsible for the cost to either the gas or pesticide treatment of it or for it to be destroyed. Check your furniture before you leave, and if you do have it treated to make sure you keep documentation or certificates as proof and have it ready to submit on arrival at customs.
Pack things that are likely to attract attention from customs officials together as far as possible. Australian Customs charges biosecurity inspection fees to you based on the amount of time spent on checking your belongings, so aim to keep the time minimal with well-organised packing. Of course, to take the hassle out of this process and make sure your packing is completely efficient, you can have us pack for you.
If you need more information, assistance or advice, you can contact us to help with all your planning and preparation for your overseas relocation.