Bringing your personal belongings to Australia

You have just moved to Australia and plan to settle down. You will need a host of things starting from cookware to your books and clothes to electronic goods. You can always buy these off the market at good value if you know which markets to go to, but then again you have all the items you need back at home. Many people prefer bringing over their stuff from their own countries – sometime to save precious money and sometimes because the items simply cannot be found in Australia. So, how do you bring in the items into this country? There are quite a few rules and regulations that you need to be aware of.


Australian Customs Information

Used personal effects, household goods and unaccompanied baggage consignments may be imported to Australia free of Custom duties and tax, providing they have been owned and used for a period of at least twelve months prior to their departure for Australia. Items you want to ship to Australia, which do not fall within this category, i.e. those items which have been owned and used for less than twelve months, will be subject to duty and tax.

Restricted or prohibited items must be declared to Customs at the time of entry. These include drugs of dependence such as narcotics, hallucinogens, amphetamines, barbiturates and tranquillizers, all which must be declared on import. Certain drugs are allowed into Australia but entry is subject to very strict Customs control.Dangerous weapons including antique weapons and collectors’ items and all firearms are subject to restrictions of importation and will all be subject to safety checks upon their arrival. Goods manufactured from animal products derived from endangered species are also prohibited.To clear your goods through Australian Customs you will need to complete an Unaccompanied Effects Statement (customs form B534) and provide a photocopy of all stamped pages of your passport.For more detailed Customs information please visit

Australian Quarantine & Inspection Service (AQIS)

Australia’s unique environment and important agricultural industries are free from many pests and diseases found in other parts of the world – but the movement of personal effects is one way these could be introduced.For example, outdoor furniture could harbor timber pests or be contaminated with soil or exotic weed seeds, while animal products such as meat, eggs, milk or cheese could contain diseases that could be transmitted to humans and other animals. AQIS – the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service – works to protect Australia’s natural and economic assets from these risks while facilitating the international movement of people and goods. Because of these risks people must declare on their Unaccompanied Effects Statement (B534) to AQIS of specific items in their consignments. AQIS will undertake an inspection of goods, order treatment of items that could contain pests or diseases, or seize and destroy prohibited items.Common items of quarantine concern include: Wooden items; food; soil on garden tools; bicycles; lawn mowers; vacuum cleaners with un-emptied dust bags; carpets; Christmas decorations; dried flowers; seeds; straws; skins; feathers; equipment used with horses or other animals; toys containing cotton waste, sand, straw or water.For more detailed AQIS information please visit Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service website.

The use of a professional International Courier

A professional international courier with years of experience in shipping goods in and out of Australia will always let their clients know of the details of every rule and advise on the items that can be brought in and that should be left back.A professional courier also takes care of most of the paperwork and saves the hassle of clearing items through customs and quarantine. All you need to do is consult with the courier regarding the goods that are safe to be brought in, ask someone back home to pack the things in boxes of dimensions prescribed by the courier and hand over the box to the courier service with your name and address. Papers, if needed at all, will be filled up at the courier office and the rest is completely their responsibility. All you need to do then is relax at home, track your shipment online if you like and receive the box on the stated date of delivery.It’s not only to save the hassle, but also to guarantee the safe passage of your precious goods that you need logistics specialists like SenditEasy who partner with some of the largest international air freight services of the world and who have many years of experience and trust of thousands of clients.


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