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Moving to Australia From Finland
Moving to Australia From Finland

A laid-back lifestyle and more comfortable Winter temperatures are two reasons why some Finnish citizens look to relocate to Australia. The journey from Finland to Australia is by no means short distance. The average flight from Finland to Australia is around 17 hours. If you want to pull off an international move from Finland to Australia, you’re going to need an understanding of the essential components of this moving process. 

The first two questions that come to a an international movers mind are:

How Do I Move My Household Items From Finland to Australia? 

The vast amount of distance and water that separates Finland and Australia mean that ground transportation for your household items is out of the equation. Airfreight and sea freight shipping will be your go-to options for moving household items from Finland to Australia. If you’re on a time crunch, air freight shipping is the fastest option, but it’s going to cost you. Sea freight shipping is most popular among people moving from Finland to Australia, as this method is more affordable. 

Both air freight and sea freight shipping companies adjust a mover’s transport costs by evaluating the number of household items a mover is transporting, as well as how heavy these items are. We mentioned that air freight shipping is generally going to cost you a pretty penny. If you’re planning a long-distance move, but aren’t shipping that many items, air freight shipping may be within your budget. Airfreight shipping is most expensive for full-on household moves and can cost up to ten times the amount of a sea freight transportation service. 

The three most popular sea freight shipping container sizes are: 

  • 20ft
  • 40ft
  • 40ft high cube

Once you select your container size, you can specify whether you want a shipping container for yourself, or if you’d prefer to share a shipping container with another person. Full Container Loads (FCL) are unshared containers, while Less Than Container Loads (LCL) involve you splitting the container with a separate party. 

Should I Choose an FCL or LCL Container When Moving From Finland to Australia?

While LCL containers make sense for smaller moves, shipping companies will often give you solid quotes on FCL containers as sharing a container with another person further complicates logistics. The shipping company isn’t the only party affected by more complicated logistics. Sharing a container with another person increases the amount of time you’ll have to wait to have your items delivered through a door-to-door delivery service. Yes, you can select a port-to-port delivery service for your household items. Still, we guess that you’ll prefer to choose the more convenient door-to-door delivery service, so you don’t have to undergo the stress of retrieving your items and bringing them back to your destination after a long flight. 

Are you looking to ship a vehicle overseas from Finland to Australia? 

What Do I Need to Know About Transporting a Car From Finland to Australia? 

Transporting a car from Finland to Australia is similar to how you’ll ship your household items. Most people ship their cars overseas using sea freight shipping as air freight shipping is pricey and generally used for rare, exotic vehicles. Once you have a service in mind for shipping your vehicle, you’ll have to understand extra details, including what vehicle import option you’ll be choosing, associated costs, getting import approval, receiving clearance from Customs, and registering the vehicle. 

You’ll most likely be filing under a personal import as this refers to a vehicle that you intend to move to Australia with and use as a daily driver. If you have owned your vehicle in Finland for more than 12 months, have a valid driver’s license in Finland, and stored the car close to your home, you should be eligible to import under a personal import option. 

What Additional Costs Are Involved with Shipping a Car From Finland to Australia? 

Charges you’ll likely face for importing a car into Australia from Finland include taxes and duties, shipping and customs costs, compliance costs, registration, and insurance fees. 

Most people end up paying duty fees along with a Goods and Services (GST) tax. Some vehicle owners may be subject to a luxury tax if the car they’re importing is worth more than $60,316. 

Shipping and customs costs consist of:

  • Costs of customs when shipping from Finland to Australia
  • Cleaning
  • Quarantine inspection fees 
  • International freight and port service charges 

Compliance costs exist to ensure that your vehicle is suitable to travel on Australian roads. Once your car is in Australia, stay on top of getting new registration and insurance, and you should be good to go!

Joe Webster
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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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