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British Citizen Moving to Australia

British Citizen Moving to Australia
British Citizen Moving to Australia

Are you a British Citizen who's interested in moving to Australia? If the answer is yes, we understand why you're considering the move as Australia has so much to offer. Australia's laid-back lifestyle is characterized by a low population density, mild climate, natural ecosystems, and so much more. If you're looking to move to an Australian location that's more populated, there's always vibrant cities like Melbourne and Sydney. 

When seeking information on how to move to Australia as a British citizen, chances are you already have your ideal locations in mind, so we're going to focus on how you can ship your household items to Australia and import your vehicle

Let's begin with the process of transporting household items from Britain to Australia. 

How Do I Ship My Household Items From Britain to Australia? 

Moving from Britain to Australia is by no means a short-distance move, so you're going to need to select air freight or sea freight shipping to transport your household items. Sea freight shipping is the more popular option as it's less expensive than air freight shipping. If you have room in your budget, airfreight shipping provides you with the perk of having your household items delivered at an accelerated rate. Since sea freight shipping is a longer process than air freight shipping, it's essential to book ahead so you can line up the delivery of your household items with your arrival. 

Now that we've introduced the two main methods for shipping your household items overseas let's jump into the different sizes and delivery services you can select within these methods. 

The three most common sizes of sea freight shipping containers are:

  • 20ft 
  • 40ft
  • 40ft high cube containers

Smaller-sized moves can benefit from 20ft sea freight shipping containers or a 40 ft Less Than Container Load (LCL). When you select LCL sizing, you're sharing the shipping container with another person, while Full Load Containers (FCL) involve you having the container to yourself. Shipping companies tend to prefer that movers select FCL shipping, which minimizes the number of logistics involved in the moving process. If you select LCL shipping, the delivery will take a bit longer as the moving company has to take care of two people within a single container. 

Airfreight shipping can accommodate small or large-sized household moves. If you plan to use air freight shipping for a full household move, expect to pay ten times the amount of money you would for sea freight shipping.

Once you select the shipping method and sizing that suits your needs, it'll help to know what items are prohibited by Australian Customs.

What Do I Need to Understand About Australian Customs?

The first two steps of legally shipping items to Australia are outlining the items you are sending through a list that'll be reviewed by Australian Customs and making sure that your shipping items are personal property. Avoid shipping items like commercial goods, items purchased online, inherited goods, or vehicles as the Australian Government will hold on to their entry. 

Vehicles can be shipped to Australia, but you'll have to do some work upfront to ensure the importation is legal. 

How Do I Import a Vehicle from Britain Into Australia? 

Similar to shipping household items, vehicles can be transported overseas via sea freight or airfreight shipping. Most people select sea freight shipping for their vehicles unless their car is a rare vintage or modern exotic vehicle. Gaining Vehicle Import Approval is one of the essential components of legally importing a car into Australia. Before shipping your vehicle, steam clean the vehicle on both the inside and outside to reduce your vehicle's possibility of presenting quarantine risks. 

Customs clearance for your vehicle in Australia will consist of you paying Customs duties, Goods and Services tax, and luxury tax (if your vehicle's value is over $60,000). Many British citizens moving to Australia end up being exempt from Goods and Services tax. After you've paid customs duties, be sure to acquire new registration and license plates, and you should be ready to hit the road in Australia.  


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Joe Webster began his journey in the auto transport field by attending the University of Southern California (USC), where he graduated with a Bachelor of Business Marketing. 

After college, he started his career in the auto transport industry from the bottom up and has done virtually every job there is to do at A-1 Auto Transport, including but not limited to: Truck Driver, Dispatch, Sales, PR, Bookkeeping, Transport Planner, Transport Manager, International Transport Manager, Brokering, Customer Service, and Marketing. Working with his mentor Tony Taylor, Joe Webster has learned the ins and outs of this industry which is largely misunderstood. 

With over 30 years experience in the industry, we've been helping people ship their vehicles, motorcycles, RV's, heavy equipment, household goods and more across the country or overseas without a hitch. Ask us anything.

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Mylene Rutllant
It’s my number one pick in auto shipping to this day.

Due to the nature of my work, I must relocate every couple of years to where my company needs me. Because of this, I’ve tested several moving and auto transport companies over the years.

And my choice in terms of auto transport has to be A1 Auto Transport. It’s in the name, but also in the quality with which they do their jobs. I’ve never had a problem with this company.

The only time my shipment was delayed was during winter when a snowstorm closed down all the major roads. And they still found an alternative and got my car delivered before roads got unstuck.

When I moved to West Virginia, they picked up my car the very day I called them. I like to think they take special care of me considering all the business I’ve sent them. I’ll continue to support A1 Auto Transport. It’s my number one pick in auto shipping to this day.

Luis Rodriguez
You have my full support and recommendation!

I considered selling my car when I moved to Washington. It was old and rusty, but I grew attached to it. So, I called a couple companies to transport it to my new home, but they both fell through.

The first one couldn’t decide on a schedule. He would constantly change the pickup date till I got frustrated and canceled. The second was insufferable, very rude on the phone, even worse in person.

They started picking a part my car asking me why I still have it. If that’s their opinion of my vehicle, how can I trust they’ll take care of it? If something happened midway, why wouldn’t they just blame it on the car instead of paying up?

So, I cancelled this company as well and turned to A1 Auto Transport. From the get go, they were very different from my past options. Their website was very professional and up to date, full of useful information. I requested a quote using their online form, and I got an email response within an hour. Surprisingly fast!

If I didn’t know any better, I would’ve thought they were lacking customers, but the email spoke for itself. In just one email, everything I needed to know was there, including a contact number I could use to get more information or confirm the transport.

I called and got things rolling. I was very pleased with the driver. He followed standard procedure and represented his company well. Can’t remember his name, but props to him!

The car arrived in Washington 6 days later in excellent condition. From what I understand, the transport was delayed a bit by a storm, but since the time window was 4-6 days from the beginning, I don’t really care. You have my full support and recommendation!

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Cristine Benoit
I can safely say this is a legit company that will get the job done.

There are a lot of options for auto transport these days, which surprisingly makes it harder to find a good company. I received more than 10 offers to ship my car, but I couldn’t decide on any of them.

After doing some research, I got even more worried reading about all the scams and accidents that can happen. But, I have work to do and couldn’t afford to drive my newly purchased Mini Cooper all the way to Virginia.

Fortunately, I made the right choice with A1 Auto Transport. They are very good at their jobs. I spent more than an hour drilling Joe with various questions, and he never once lost his patience. He saw I was interested, so he bore with me until I was satisfied. The driver was also very courteous and my car was intact on arrival. I couldn’t have asked for more.

By the way, the price we first agreed on stayed the same. There were no delays or unexpected “surprises.” I can safely say this is a legit company that will get the job done.

David Osallo
We give A1 Auto Transport a big 10 out of 10!

We give A1 Auto Transport a big 10 out of 10! We chose them to move our car from California to Vermont, since we needed professionals.

We were abroad during the transport, so the transport was a bit tricky. The driver had to pick it up from storage on short notice and get it to its destination within at most 10 days. I was happy to note it arrived sooner. We got it 3 days early, right when we got home to pick it up. It made getting around way easier. Awesome service!

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Paramount, CA 90723
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