How can I move my personal goods to Australia?

OSS World Wide Movers are specialist international removalists. When moving to Australia from anywhere overseas, OSS is your reputable resource. Being Australia’s only specialist international mover, OSS World Wide Movers can ensure a regularity of shipping to Australia that others cannot.

Australia is, and has always been, a popular and exciting destination. Moving to Australia to further one’s professional training, skill base, and/or career opportunities are common occurrences. For 40 years OSS World Wide Movers has been assisting individuals, families, business people, and Corporates, with the professional service and advice that comes from choosing a quality international moving specialist.

Moving to Australia is one of the easiest countries to relocate to, for any assignments or permanent relocation.

Choosing an international moving company will no doubt be one of the first and most important decisions you make in the relocation process. OSS World Wide Movers move thousands of Internationals around the world every year.

Coupled with the expertise and training of our staff, potential costly delays can be avoided. For your piece of mind and protection OSS World Wide Movers is a FIDI FAIM accredited company as well as being a member of Americas International Association of Movers (IAM).

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. To be safe, it is best to check with customs before deciding what to bring with you when moving to Australia.

Can I pack my own goods when I move to Australia?
It is recommended that you do not ship items to Australia which have been “owner packed”  as they will attract stringent inspection by Customs on arrival. It is advisable to have your goods packed by your moving company to ensure the clearance process can be conducted with a minimum of fuss.

Can I move my pet to Australia?
It is recommended to send your pet through a registered pet transportation agent who will be able to contact all the relevant agencies in Australia. More information about relocating pets can be found in our moving links section of this website or speak to an OSS World Wide Move Consultant.

How do I move my car to Australia?
Moving motor vehicles and motor bikes to Australia is possible provided Customs criteria are met. This service is usually depot to depot, meaning the motor vehicle will be collected by you from our partners depot in Australia following customs clearance.
Customs may require evidence that the owner of the vehicle has lived abroad for 12 months or longer, so a copy of your passport with date stamp showing arrival in Australia, or copy of lease or rental agreement on in Australia would be sufficient.

Can I move my boat to Australia?
Moving a boat to Australia has similar requirements to moving a car to Australia when it comes to registration requirements and process.

How much will it cost to move my belongings to Australia?
The cost of your move will vary according to a range of factors; Freight type, if you container is personalised or shared, the nature of your items (ie. fragile, exotic etc). Please submit an enquiry and/or request a quote to find out more information on what it will cost to ship your belongs to Australia.

Australian Quarantine Inspection Service

 AQIS is Australia’s first line of defence, protecting our unique environment against exotic pests and diseases. They inspect incoming luggage, cargo, mail, animals and plants and their products, and provide inspection and certification for a range of exports.

Quarantine restrictions apply to many raw foods and certain processed foods brought either by air freight, sea freight or carried as personal hand luggage to Australia.

The following items are prohibited:

  • eggs and egg products
  • dairy products
  • uncanned meat
  • seeds and nuts
  • fresh fruit and vegetables

Quarantine of personal effects and household goods.
Personal effects and household goods include furniture, carpets and rugs, crockery, cutlery and kitchen appliances, food, shoes and clothing, books, garden tools, lawn mowers, bicycles, vacuum cleaners, dried flower arrangements, Christmas decorations (including pine cones), souvenirs and a range of other personal or household items. These items might be transported to Australia by a returning resident or a new resident of Australia as unaccompanied sea or air freight.

Why is Quarantine interested in these items?
Australia’s unique environment and important agricultural industries are free from many pests and diseases found in other parts of the world – but the movement of personal effects is one way these could be introduced. For example, outdoor furniture could harbour timber pests or be contaminated with soil or exotic weed seeds, while animal products such as meat, eggs, milk or cheese could contain diseases that could be transmitted to humans and other animals. AQIS – the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service – works to protect Australia’s natural and economic assets from these risks while facilitating the international movement of people and goods. Because of these risks you must advise AQIS of specific items in your consignment. If necessary, AQIS will undertake an inspection of your goods, treat items that could contain pests or diseases, or seize and destroy prohibited items. You may also choose to re-export items of value.

Common items of quarantine concern include:
Wooden items, Soil on garden tools, Carpets, Dried flowers, Skins, Toys containing cotton waste, sand, straw or water, Food, Vacuum cleaners with un-emptied dust bags, Christmas decorations, Seeds, Feathers, Equipment used with horses or other animals.

Australian Customs Service

Customs manages the security and integrity of Australia’s borders. It works closely with other government and international agencies, in particular the Australian Federal Police, the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service, the Department of Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs and the Department of Defence, to detect and deter unlawful movement of goods and people across the border.

The agency is a national organisation employing over 4,800 people in Australia and overseas, with its Central Office in Canberra. It has a fleet of ocean-going patrol vessels and contracts two aerial surveillance providers for civil maritime surveillance and response.

Protecting the Australian community through the interception of illegal drugs and firearms is a high priority and sophisticated techniques are used to target high-risk aircraft, vessels, cargo, postal items and travellers. This includes intelligence analysis, computer-based analysis, detector dogs and various other technologies.

Clients of Customs include the Australian community, the Government, industry, travellers and other government agencies.