Shipping goods to Australia: an expat guide [infographic]

If you’ve found a great opportunity in the UK’s most popular expat destination, you’ll need to decide which personal effects to take with you.

When planning what to move to Australia, you should be aware of the various taxes and duties applied to certain goods, as well as the accompanying paperwork that ensures the smooth transition of your belongings through customs.

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Tax-exempt goods

It is possible to claim duty and tax exemption for goods such as clothing, books, furniture, appliances and sporting equipment, subject to certain conditions:

  • You are a returning resident or intend to take up permanent residency
  • You can prove personal ownership and use of your items for at least 12 months prior to departure

Taxable goods

Certain goods are subject to duty and taxes regardless of length of ownership. These include:

  • Alcohol and tobacco products
  • Vehicles and vehicle parts
  • Commercial goods intended for resale
  • Goods purchased from overseas while in Australia
  • Goods which were bequeathed to you.

Paperwork

You will need to submit the following forms, certificates and other paperwork to customs ahead of your shipment:

  • An Unaccompanied Personal Effects (UPE) statement
  • An Evidence of Identity (EOI) certificate, along with your passport  and Australian Citizenship certificate or birth certificate
  • Photo ID (passport or driver’s licence)
  • A list of all goods included (e.g. a packing list)
  • A delivery order from the shipper

Transporting your goods

When you’ve decided which goods to take with you to Australia, Pickfords is on hand to pack your belongings, collect them from your UK home, book the freight transport (whether by air or sea), and arrange customs clearance.

In Australia, your goods will be delivered at a mutually convenient time by our overseas partner.

Our Move Managers know the challenges of relocating to Australia. They will provide expert advice and guidance when shipping your goods.


Ready to move to Australia? Get a quote and book your home survey today.

STORM HARVEY UPDATE: A message from Allied International

“First and foremost, our thoughts and prayers are with all of our customers, agents, staff, drivers and all people in the areas impacted by Hurricane Harvey and the lingering tropical storm. The situation with this storm is ongoing and extremely fluid though clearly there is a tremendous impact along the Texas Gulf Coast and into Louisiana. Specifically for Houston we can advise the following:

  • Many of our agents in the Houston market are still closed due to the flooding and are assessing the situation on an hourly basis.
  • Over 500 roads and highways in the metropolitan area are closed due to flooding.
  • George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) and William P. Hobby Airport (HOU) closed to all inbound & outbound commercial flights until further notice.
  • The port of Houston/Galveston will remain closed until Thursday, August 31st

Our teams are working closely with our agent & vendor networks to try and provide the most current update and necessary assistance for all our customer and clients affected by this disaster.”

UPDATED: Important information following global cyber attack on Maersk Group

Maersk has confirmed that some of its IT and communications infrastructure has been impacted. Pickfords will monitor the situation closely and keep our customers informed, should their shipments be affected.

Message from Maersk Group:

Please see the following information from Maersk Group. Pickfords will monitor the situation closely and will make contact with our customers, should they be impacted by this incident.

“Following on from our communications yesterday (27th June 2017) regarding the impact of the global cyber attack, Petya, on A.P. Møller-Maersk group, we can confirm that some of our IT and communications infrastructure have been impacted and we have proactively shut down as a security measure.

For now this means the following:

All immediate vessel operations will continue as planned, making the majority of planned port calls.

Access to most ports is not impacted, however some APM Terminals are affected and gates are closed 

Cargo in transit will be offloaded as planned.  Import Cargo will be released to credit customers

At the present time we are unfortunately unable to serve new quotes or accept future bookings. However we do greatly appreciate your patience and look forward to carrying your cargo as soon as it is practically possible 

Unfortunately due to the impact on our IT and communications systems we are limited in our ability to communicate with you. We will continue to email you when appropriate and will be updating our Social Media channels regularly.

We apologize once again for any inconvenience this may cause your business and we are working hard to resume normal operations as soon as possible.

The Maersk Team”

 

*UPDATE 11:50am* a further message from Maerk

“Dear Customer,

As per our previous customer advisory regarding the impact of the global cyber attack on Maersk Line we are able to provide you with the following services at this time:

  • All immediate vessel operations will continue as planned
  • Access to UK and Irish ports is not impacted
  • Cargo in transit will be offloaded as planned. 
  • Import cargo will be released to credit customers
  • Export haulage booked to load in the next 24 hours will be accommodated where possible”

Furry stowaway finds a home

A cat who was discovered in a Pickfords container earlier this year has found a home.

The feline, believed to have been a street cat, had found its way into a shipping container in Limassol, Cyprus, and spent a month on the water on its way to the UK.

The container was unloaded and trucked to Pickfords’ international warehouse in Kempston, Bedfordshire. On opening the container to unload its customers’ goods, the Pickfords warehouse team discovered the tabby.

The cat was not in the best of health when the container was opened, so Pickfords gave her food and water to keep her going. The team called the local Bedford Trading Standards organisation who sent a team to catch the cat, who was then taken into quarantine.

Once given the all-clear from quarantine, she was taken in by Cats Protection Birmingham Adoption Centre. The cat attracted a lot of interest, but being rather shy after her ordeal, went several weeks without being adopted.

Eventually, an elderly couple visited the Centre, saw the stowaway and fell in love. Confident they would be able to coax her out of her shell, they adopted the feline, naming her ‘Miss Pickford’.

Miss Pickford now enjoys the comforts of her new Birmingham home, and is slowly becoming less shy around her owners.

Pickfords finds furry stowaway

Pickfords discovered a cat in a container earlier this year.

The feline, believed to have been a street cat, had found its way into a shipping container in Limassol, Cyprus, and spent a month on the water on its way to the UK.

A brown and white tabby was discovered in a shipping container from Limassol

A brown and white tabby was discovered in a shipping container from Limassol. Image: Hisashi

The container was carried by the ‘Rio Cadiz’ shipping vessel. The ship and her stowaway travelled from Limassol to Haifa in Israel, then onto Antwerpen in Belgium, then Bremerhaven in Germany before stopping off at Rotterdam and finally arriving in Felixstowe a month after departure.

The container was unloaded and trucked to Pickfords’ international warehouse in Kempston, Bedfordshire. On opening the container to unload its customers’ goods, the Pickfords warehouse team discovered the tabby.

The cat was not in the best of health when the container was opened, so Pickfords gave her food and water to keep her going. The team called the local Bedford Trading Standards organisation who sent a team to catch the cat, who was then taken into quarantine.

The cat was not charged boarding fees for her trip(!)

Update: Furry stowaway finds a home