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Australia and New Zealand Top Moving Tips

Jul 27. 2021

Moving to Australia and New Zealand takes a lot of careful planning. It’s worth investing the time in researching the process fully so that you’re armed with information for when the time comes to make the move.
Here we look at some top tips to bear in mind in the process of planning your future relocation ‘down under.’

1. Accreditations
It is most important to ensure your chosen mover has the right qualifications and accreditations. It’s most advisable that they are members of the British Association of Removers and FIDI (this is the global alliance of international removal companies.) These memberships ensure any advance payments made are protected against the unlikely event of financial failure. It also means that the company is inspected at regular intervals to ensure their operational competence is maintained to the highest possible level.

2. On the road
In addition to your household goods, you may be considering shipping a motor vehicle including a motor cycle which an experienced remover should also be able to arrange. For Australia and New Zealand, here are the links to the appropriate government websites, where you enter details of the vehicle concerned and then you will see if you can import the vehicle and what duty you will incur.

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Any vehicle will need to be thoroughly steam cleaned and valeted prior to shipping.

3. Goods in transit marine insurance
Even in the very best organisations mishaps can sometimes occur. Reputable and professional moving companies will be able to offer goods in transit marine insurance. As you would expect, Burke Bros Moving Group offer this and at today’s date the premium for Australia or New Zealand is £3 per £100 value of goods being shipped subject to the terms and conditions of the policy and from the date of delivery into your home overseas, you have 30 days in which to look things over to ensure all is well.

Furry friends
4. When making the move to Australia or New Zealand you may be thinking about taking a pet with you, in which case a moving company will need to refer you to a specialist contractor. However, briefly an air kennel to conform to IATA specification correctly sized for your particular pet will be provided. Pets can be collected from anywhere in the UK in modern air conditioned vehicles. They must be microchipped, have a pets passport and all of the relevant vaccines for the country you’re relocating to, must be up to date. On arrival the pet will be quarantined for approximately two weeks before being delivered to your new home.

When the time is right for you to make the move, our international moving experts are on hand to give you all the guidance and advice needed. After all we’ve been helping people move worldwide for 40 years! If you would like to speak to a member of our staff about the process of moving to Australia or moving to New Zealand please contact us on 01902 714555 or sales@burkebros.co.uk.

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