Whether you are moving to Australia for work or
Whether you are moving to Australia for work or retirement, it may be worth the effort to ship your belongings to Australia rather than buy everything new. Before you start packing your boxes though, there are a few things you should be aware of before shipping to Australia.
You are allowed to import personnel and household items in Australia, however, no animal products (eggs, meat, fresh or canned, dairy products, etc) or plant material (seeds, soil, bubs) are allowed. Australia is a country that is very dependent on agriculture and livestock and they do not take any chances in importing diseases that may tag along on your personnel items.
Australia is an island and does not have some of the diseases common in other countries. Common items that may have soil attached are camping equipment, footwear including hiking boots, sports and fishing equipment and outdoor furniture. You can bring these items into Australia, but they must be thoroughly cleaned of any dirt and soil.
Australian customs will inspect these items and if they do not pass, you can pay to have it cleaned, send it back to your home country, or have it destroyed. Like most countries, you cannot import many foods to Australia, especially fruits and vegetables. You also cannot bring seeds or anything plant based. Don't bring any dry foods that have been opened because they many contains pests are larvae that you may not see or even know about.
Other than a favorite food that Australia does not have and you cannot live without, it is a good idea to not pack any food when you ship to Australia. When you ship to Australia, it is important for you to hire a cargo expert that provides dependable cargo best shipping containers Australia.
You'll be sure to want safe and reliable transport for your ocean freight. When your boxes go through customs, there may be things that need to be declared or items the officials may want to inspect to make sure they are not contaminated. The best way to be ready for this is to have an itemized list of all the boxes you packed and everything that is in those boxes.
If you are going to ship any of the items mentioned before, pack them all together or close together so you can get to them easily and not as many boxes will have to be opened and inspected. It's also a good idea to use new boxes when shipping in Australia because old boxes might have soil on them or they may have been used before to hold fruits or vegetables. Do not use any natural products like straw or hay for packaging either.
Interested in shipping a cat to Australia? It depends on the country you are shipping from whether or not you can take a cat or dog or other pet into Australia. If you are shipping from the United States or Canada, you can bring your cat or dog into the country but they will have to go through quarantine. Quarantine is a minimum of 30 days, but it could be much longer, depending on when your pet was last vaccinated.
To find the rules for a specific country, the Australian government provides more specific information online. If you're moving to Australia and you want to bring a cat or dog, your pets need to have all their vaccinations, must be at least six months of age, and all dogs from America must have the Canine Influenza Virus (CIV) vaccination.
Shipping a car to Australia is also possible, but the same rules apply to your car as will all other items. If you ship a car to Australia it has to be thoroughly clean with no dirt or gravel, inside and out. Your vehicle will be inspected your vehicle when it arrives in Australia and if dirt is on it, customs may send it for cleaning, at your expense. If it is very contaminated though, your vehicle will be sent back to its original country.
It may seem like a lot of rules to ship to Australia, but the most important thing to remember is that you cannot ship anything that may contain pests or diseases, and have anything cleaned if it has been outside.
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