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Moving to Australia: our packing tips

May 07. 2015

Moving to Australia, is an exciting prospect for many, but it’s important to be prepared and organised leaving yourself as much time to plan your move as possible. If you have decided to relocate to Australia, you may be wondering how you are going to move all of your goods and household effects. That is where a professional international moving company will be most useful to you, they should be able to take care of all aspects of the packing and shipping for you. Using an international remover will certainly reduce your stress and advise you on your goods to make sure they will make it through customs.

The Australian Department of Agriculture states two things to help those preparing to pack; the department will be interested in any item that originated from an animal or a plant (including timber, or contains part of an animal or a plant. They will also be interested in any items which have been in contact with animals, plants, water and food or soil e.g. garden tools. For more informational here is a list of common items of quarantine concern on their website, if you are interested on a specific item and would like to check if it is prohibited or not you can check the Department’s Import Conditions Database – ICON.

As international removal specialists we have moved hundreds of families to Australia and worldwide and have compiled some tips to you to help you prepare your items before they are packed.

1) Try to thoroughly clean your goods where possible. This is because your goods will be inspected when they arrive in Australia, it is important that any items that have been in contact with food, soil, plants, animals or associated animal products have been cleaned and dried to prevent contamination.

2) Inspect your furniture and other items, especially checking any goods made from timber or wood that may for signs of insect infestation. You may notice traces of sawdust-like power, fresh holes or chew marks in the timer. If you do find any of your items displaying signs of infestation you must treat them or dispose of them accordingly. Any items you have treated please remember to keep the certificate of treatment as authorities may need to verify and sigh it.

3) Make sure you secure your items especially all loose items and fragile goods which should be wrapped in protective materials. Goods can move around during transit which can damage your items. However, enlisting the help of and international moving company to export wrap and pack your items and load them properly on the container will minimise this risk substantially as well as potential costs for damage repairs.

4) Label your boxes. Pack all your items into boxes and label them with what room they need to be unpacked in and what’s inside, which will make unpacking a lot easier and quicker. Remember to clearly label boxes that include contain fragile goods, medical items, dangerous goods such as kitchen knives, or any general goods that could compromise safety for those handling your goods.

5) Make a list of all your goods that have been packed, and in what boxes so you have an inventory of what is in your shipment. Your shipment will also require a detailed inventory when it arrives at port for the authorities in Australia, so it may be useful to keep a copy of this inventory for your own personal use when you come to unpack.

If you are making the move to Australia, and are bringing your personal effects and household goods with you it is always advisable to use an international moving company. Burke Bros Moving Group have over 30 years’ experience in worldwide removals of personal goods and effects. Give us a call on 01902 714555.

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