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Moving to Australia

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Pickfords is part of the world’s largest and most integrated moving network. If you are moving to Australia, Pickfords ensure that your personal effects are passed into the hands of Allied Pickfords at your destination.

37 Allied Pickfords offices throughout Australia

Allied Pickfords has 39 offices across Australia and provides a personal, local delivery service at the following locations:

Adelaide, Albany, Alice Springs, Bendigo, Brisbane, Broome, Bunbury, Cairns, Canberra, Coffs Harbour, Darwin, Devonport, Emerald, Esperance, Geelong, Geraldton, Gladstone, Gold Coast, Groote Eylandt, Hobart, Kalgoorlie, Karratha, Katherine, Mackay, Melbourne, Newcastle, Newman, Orange, Perth, Port Hedland, Sale, Sunshine Coast, Sydney, Toowoomba, Townsville, Wagga, Wodonga, Wollongong, Woomera

What happens at destination?

When emigrating to Australia from the UK and Ireland, your Move Manager will forward your paperwork to the Allied Pickfords team in Australia. When your goods arrive at the port or airport, Allied Pickfords in Australia sends you the relevant customs forms and helps arrange customs clearance and delivery to your new home. If you think you might need to arrange for your belongings to be stored at your destination, take a look at our international storage services.

Transit times when moving to Australia

When moving to Australia, household effects are secured in large metal containers and carried on container ships. For more information, visit our International Moving page. Transit times are dependent on the type of services that have been chosen, but you can track your shipment, so you'll know where it is at every point in your move.

Full Container Load (container for exclusive use)

  • Adelaide  8 - 10 weeks
  • Brisbane   8 - 11 weeks
  • Perth   7 - 9 weeks
  • Melbourne   8 - 10 weeks
  • Sydney   8 - 10 weeks
  • Hobart   9 - 11 weeks

On arrival at port in Australia, customs and quarantine may take between 10 to 20 working days to complete; this has been allowed in the overall door-to-door totals quoted.

Groupage (shared container services)

  • Adelaide   9- 14 weeks
  • Brisbane   9- 14 weeks
  • Perth   8- 13 weeks
  • Melbourne   9- 14 weeks
  • Sydney   9- 14 weeks
  • Hobart   10 - 16 weeks

All timeframes listed above are door to door.

Australian quarantine inspections

All shipments into Australia are subject to inspection by the Australian Quarantine Inspection Service (AQIS). AQIS look for items that may endanger the natural flora and fauna of Australia or disrupt its agricultural industry. If you have such items in your consignment your goods may be subject to fumigation, other treatment or even destruction, for any of which there is an additional fee.

Importing motor vehicles

Customs now requires a declaration completed for imported motor vehicles, stating that they do not contain any asbestos. Most UK market vehicles manufactured since 1999 should comply if serviced solely through an authorised main dealer. However, owners must be absolutely sure that their vehicle is asbestos free and their declaration is completely correct, as very significant fines can apply to incorrect declarations. If you are unsure of the service or parts history, you should not ship the vehicle. To be certain your vehicle will comply, you may wish to arrange a test through an ILAC asbestos testing facility.

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