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Moving Home to Ireland From Australia
Moving Home to Ireland From Australia

If you’re looking to move back to Ireland from Australia, we have the answers to your most pressing questions. The trick to a successful move is planning carefully. Our goal in writing this article is to provide you with an overview of what’s involved with moving back to The Emerald Isle from the land Down Under. 

Some essential moving-related topics we’ll be covering for people moving home to Ireland from Australia include:

  • How to move your household items 
  • The best way to transport your car overseas 
  • Bringing pets into Ireland 

Let’s dive in! 

How Should I Transport My Household Items From Australia to Ireland?

One of the primary things people ask as they gear up for a big move is, “what’s the best way to transport my household items to my destination?”. An overseas move like moving from Australia to Ireland will present you with two options that include sea freight shipping or air freight shipping. People moving to a different country overseas generally choose sea freight shipping over air freight shipping as this service is more affordable. The upside of paying extra money for air freight shipping is your household items will arrive at a faster rate than sea freight shipping.

While air freight shipping can cost ten times the amount of sea freight shipping, if you’re only shipping a limited number of household items, your air freight shipping rate will cost less than a full household move. One advantage that sea freight shipping provides, in addition to cost efficiency, is your options in shipment size. 

Full Container Loads (FCL) involve your household items taking up all of the space in a shipping container. In contrast, Less Than Container Loads (LCL) consists of sharing a container with another person. 

Shipping containers tend to be ordered in three sizes:

  • 20-foot 
  • 40-foot 
  • 40-foot high cube container 

People moving back to Ireland from Australia often need to bring their car with them. The process of shipping a car to a country overseas is similar to shipping your household items. 

How Can I Transport My Car From Australia to Ireland? 

Airfreight and sea freight shipping are your two options for shipping a car from Australia to Ireland. People tend to use sea freight shipping to transport their vehicles overseas. Airfreight shipping is an expensive service generally reserved for exotic and classic cars rare in their nature. 

Before you’re able to drive your imported car in Ireland legally, you’ll have to:

  • Pay motor insurance
  • Pay motor tax
  • Pay Vehicle Registration Tax
  • Get new license plates for your car

Generally speaking, all vehicles being imported into Ireland will be subject to Vehicle Registration Tax and need to be registered. 

You may end up being exempt from paying Vehicle Registration Tax if you’re:

  • Taking up permanent residency in Ireland
  • Paid up on taxes and duties for the vehicle 
  • Bringing into Ireland within 12 months of moving from Australia 
  • An owner of the vehicle for more than six months before transferring residency
  • Able to provide proof of ownership 

People moving overseas from Australia to Ireland commonly wish to bring their pets along with them as animals serve an important role in our lives. 

How Do I Move My Pet From Australia to Ireland?

Pet importation laws are strict in Ireland (and other countries) to limit the possibility of diseases crossing the Irish border. Your animal won’t be required to quarantine upon arrival if it’s been microchipped, receives a proper rabies vaccination after being microchipped, and is brought into Ireland along with a valid EU health certificate or EU pet passport. Expect your animal to be checked for conditions such as tapeworm and keep all records from your veterinarian organized. 

Where Can I Read About Ireland Customs Regulations? 

You can visit Citizens Information to ensure that you’re following Customs regulations and not carrying restricted goods or restricted amounts of goods. 

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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. 

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