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Household Furniture Overseas Shipping Shipping Furniture & Household Contents from Overseas

There are many ways that you can move your furniture and household contents and items from overseas to your new country namely Australia. It can be very daunting sometimes moving a great distance away.

You can either do this by air freight or sea freight. Sea freight is the cheapest due to the time factor where air freight can be very costly. There are advantages for both and you will need to decide which best suits you based on cost, how much stuff you have, when you would like your household items to arrive etc.

Other considerations to be made are:

  • What kind of restrictions are there on goods that may be transported
  • Insurance during shipment, (or house to house?)
  • Do you want to use a removal company that does household packing or will you do it yourself?

Air Freight

Air Freight sometimes can be a cost effective way of transporting your goods and belongings. The upside is speediness of the delivery which may be a great option if you have already pre-arranged some form of accommodation. This may be the best option if you are relocating to a land locked country or inland areas.

Sea Freight to Australia

There are a few options in the type of sea freight that is available. If you have a lot of belongings you may choose to do a full container load which we recommend. This usually involves the shipping company to come to your home, quoting and loading the container there. Everything will be fine as long as there is sufficient access to your belongings. Also  there is an option for your container being put through customs checked in front of you, giving the assurance that what is in your container after it leaves your sight is only what you will receive at the other end. If you don’t have a lot of items to ship but still a considerable amount then you may choose a group where the container is shared with other company clients that are shipping to the same destination. This option is however subject to availability. All shipments will be delivered to the closest port to where you are living, so you may have to arrange transport from the port to your house.

What can you fly or ship?

You should check the Customs regulations of your destination country for a list of prohibited items. For Australia, see the customs.gov.au website.

Packing

It is never too early to start packing. The last thing you want is to be caught out on the day of your flight with cleaning out the shed!

Things to remember when packing:

  • That each carton that you pack should be clearly be marked and labelled with a detailed inventory or list of its contents. This helps us at Brisbane Removals and Storage to pack the container appropriately, with customs unpacking at the other end.
  • That if there are any parking restrictions outside your house for the removal vehicle to pick up the container. Perhaps arrange with your next door neighbours to have space for parking as close as possible to your house. Make sure that your driveway is clear of vehicles and any other motor vehicle.
  • Kitchen appliances that are connected directly to the 240v power supply needs to be disconnected by an electrician.
  • Ensure that all fixtures and fittings are dismantled prior to packing; this includes self assembly furniture, shelving, cabinets etc.
  • Refrigerators and freezers need to be defrosted the day before shipping and wiped out with a damp cloth and vanilla essence
  • Consumables are generally prohibited. Prescription medicines should be accompanied with a letter from your GP/physician.
  • Artworks, should be wrapped carefully and securely
  • TV’s, radios, telecommunication devices etc, may not work outside the country that they were made for. Check this before packing.
  • Check if firearms need an import permit for your new country.
  • Outdoor equipment generally needs to be quarantined. Make sure that when preparing it for shipment that you have cleaned these items thoroughly.

When we are in your home, you have the baggage you are taking with you on your flight clearly separated from the stuff that you are shipping. This is called a priority box or bag where these are the necessary items you will need when it arrives. We can also give you a guide to this by calling us at Brisbane Removals and Storage.