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Moving to Australia from Switzerland

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  1. What Do I Need To Know About Moving My Personal Goods To Australia?  
  2. Am I Allowed To Bring My Vehicle To Australia?  
  3. Where Can I Go For Help? 
Moving to Australia from Switzerland

Switzerland has chocolate, Australia has vegemite. Switzerland is a small, land-locked country in the middle of Europe. Australia is a massive island nation in the middle of the South Pacific. Moving to Australia from Switzerland will be an exciting change. 

If you are moving to Australia from Switzerland, you probably have a lot of questions. You may be wondering if you will have to pay customs duty or if it’s worth it to bring your vehicle. You are in luck. This guide will give you what you need to know about moving your household goods to Australia. 

What do I need to know about moving my personal goods to Australia?  

The good news is most of your personal goods can be imported to Australia without taxes or duty. As with most counties, items eligible for tax-free import are those that you have possessed and used for at least six months prior to your move. 

Australia is a unique country in that there are many plants and animals that live on the continent that simply do not exist elsewhere in the world. Pests and diseases brought in from other parts of the world can be devastating for this special natural resource 

Australia is famous for its rigorous quarantine inspection and officials are very strict about what is permitted to enter the country. In many countries, as long as you aren’t bringing food, animals, or plants, you will have little to worry about. Not so in Australia. Most households coming into Australia will have some items subject to quarantine. One example is your wood furniture. Any wood products will be carefully inspected to ensure that termites or other invasive, wood boring pests are not present. 

If any of your items are found to have termites or other problems, they will need to be quarantined until they can be cleared. In some cases, the items are destroyed or sent back to their point of origin. 

Am I allowed to bring my vehicle to Australia?  

Usually, no. Private individuals very rarely receive approval to import their vehicle to Australia. If you feel that you may be eligible, you should contact a Registered Automotive Workshop. Registered Automotive Workshops (RAWs) are companies that are empowered by the Australian government to qualify a limited selection of used vehicle for import. To see if your vehicle is eligible, check the Specialist and Enthusiast Vehicle Scheme (SEVS)

Determining eligibility is only the first of many steps you must take. The RAWs will likely need to make repairs or modifications to your vehicle before it can be imported, and you will be responsible for covering that expense. 

You could try to import your vehicle by yourself, but beware. The Australian Border Force will not release your vehicle unless your paperwork is complete and in order. You will need to apply for a Vehicle Import Approval and be able to certify that your vehicle is free of asbestos. Again, privately-owned vehicles are rarely approved for import, and this process does take several weeks. Make sure to leave yourself plenty of time so you can make alternative arrangements as needed.  

If you do receive approval for your import, you will need to be prepared to pay customs duty and GST, and for some, a luxury car tax. Because of all the red tape, it is far more likely that you will decide to skip importing your vehicle from Switzerland to Australia and treat yourself to a new car when you arrive.  

Where can I go for help? 

A-1 Auto Transport works with customers all over the world. Whether you are moving a whole household or a single vehicle, our experts can help. Our team of international shipping experts understands the complex regulations governing international imports so that you don’t have to. Contact us today for your free, no-obligation shipping quote to get started. 

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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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