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Shipping to Australia

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We’ll make sure all of you’re personal effects are delivered safely to Australia. We can ship everything from whole house moves to the small items.

We work with our Allied Pickfords in Australia to make sure your items arrive safely. Allied Pickfords will pick up your items once they’ve reach Australia and deliver them to your end location. Allied Pickfords has 39 offices across Australia and provides a personal, local delivery.

How does it work?

We make sure that all our customers receive a service that is tailored to their needs. There are two different options when shipping to Australia:

Less Container Load (LCL). This is the recommended option if you're shipping a few boxes or small items. Personal and household effects will be sent in a shared shipping container and you will only be charged for the space your boxes or goods take up.

Full Container Load (FCL). This is the recommended option if you're shipping a whole home load or wanting to ship a vehicle to Australia. You'll be charged for a full container to fill how you wish. 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.


How long does it take to ship to Australia?

This varies depending on your chosen shipment method and where in Australia you are sending your items. You can track your shipment, so you'll know where it is at every point in your move. See our average door-to-door shipment time-frames for our popular destinations in Australia.

Full Container Load
Adelaide: 8 - 10 weeks
Brisbane: 8 - 11 weeks
Perth: 7 - 9 weeks
Melbourne: 8 - 10 weeks
Sydney: 8 - 10 weeks
Hobart: 9 - 11 weeks

Less container load/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

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.

What happens at destination?

Your Pickfords Move Manager will forward your paperwork to the Allied Pickfords team in Australia. When your goods arrive, Allied Pickfords in Australia sends you the relevant customs forms and helps arrange customs clearance and delivery of your items to your end location.

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.

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.

39 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.

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