Tips For Shipping Into Australia
Moving to a new place can be quite the hassle. Say you’re moving to Perth; you have to go through the processes of logistics in Perth in order to get the stuff you need over there. You can’t completely bypass all the procedure; that’s a bad idea for a very long list of reasons, but there are ways to make the whole shipping process easier for you.
First things first, Australia has its own set of import laws. The government department in charge of handling things coming into the country are the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service (AQIS), and they have strict regulations on what comes in, how it comes in, when it comes in. Regardless of whether you’ll be dealing with logistics in Perth or Sydney, the AQIS will be there, so knowing their rules can help you a lot.
Here’s a list of things that the AQIS will seize and destroy if you try to bring it into Australia:
- Dairy products, unless they’re listed as being from any country that’s confirmed to be free of any foot and mouth diseases
- Live plants
- Seeds and nuts, like popping corn, pine cones, and cereal grains
- Uncanned meat products, regardless of source animal, including dried or preserved meats
- Anything that might have Chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) or Hydro-chlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs), like refrigerants, air conditioners and other similar substances
Additionally, the AQIS will inspect anything with mud, or anything else covered in dirt and grime, so it’s wise to clean up whatever it is you’re going to bring into Australia.
Now, if you’re going to pack, keep these tips in mind.
- Arrange all the stuff into their own boxes and label each box so you can easily find something when the need arises.
- Check the location; make sure you have someplace to park your shipping lorry.
- Wrap the more valuable and/or fragile items in bubble wrap to keep them safe; they’re traveling across the world, it’s best to wrap them as well as you can.
- Before you bring in any sort of electrical device, make sure they’ll actually work in Australia. If you don’t, then you might find yourself going through logistics in Perth only to have a house full of appliance you can’t actually use.