Clients are not required to be present for clearances however clients must arrive within maximum 6 months of the arrival of the shipment into Australia. If client is not going to be present when the goods arrive, the client must make sure their intended flight arrival details are noted on the Customs Unaccompanied Personal Effects form (B534). In these cases the shipper and importer should be the client, not separate parties shipping and receiving.
If client is arriving after 6 months of vessel ETA date, in addition to the normal documents required. Customs will require a covering email explanation as to why client is shipping goods well in advance of their own arrival and when they (the client) expect to arrive. In this case Customs may apply duty and GST to the shipment if they are not satisfied with client’s explanation.
Shipper and importer should be the same name in these cases, for waybill. BOL consignee should be OSS World Wide Movers Pty Ltd.