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Removals to Australia



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As one of Britain’s leading international removal companies, Burke Bros Moving Group is widely recognised for its special skills in international removals to Australia. Whether you require a full household removal, a part load or simply one item, we offer a high-quality professional shipping service to all destinations in Australia.

As you would expect from a professional international removal service, we have all the professional hands you need for a smooth relocation overseas. We have the global knowledge, contacts, affiliations and practical skills to take care of you all the way to your new life. And for your further peace of mind, we offer full financial protection door-to-door.

The Removals Process

  • To be able to provide you with an accurate quotation for removals to Australia, one of our experienced estimators needs to assess the volume of household effects that you want to take with you and any packing requirements you have. This can be completed either by an in-home survey or, if you prefer, via a video survey.  Calculating the correct volume is key to a realistic quotation and the estimator can offer you some invaluable advice in preparation for your move.  Knowing the cost of removals will also allow you to budget effectively for your move.     
  • Once moving day is here, we will arrive at your home to pack and wrap your belongings ready for shipment over a two-to-three-day period with the container being loaded on the last day and the inventory checked, ready for the container to be locked, sealed and driven to the UK port.
  • All of our removal men are trained overseas packers and will ensure your belongings are safely packed. If you have specialist items such as pianos, clocks or glass cabinets for example, bespoke crates can be made to further protect these items in transit.
  • Your furniture and effects are then ready to be loaded on to the shipping container. Alternatively, they can be put into storage for any amount of time you require until you are ready for the move to be completed.
  • We offer Marine Insurance on all of our international removal services that is sufficient to cover your entire move, including cover for the cost of your goods and the cost of the shipment itself, on all effects packed by Burke Bros.
  • You may require a full 20ft or 40ft container, depending on the volume of effects you’re shipping. We also offer part-loads or groupage containers, if you’re taking less items, where you only pay for the space your possessions take up within a container.  This can be a more cost-effective way of shipping your effects.
  • Transit Time to Australia: Your items can take on average between 8 to 10 weeks to be shipped for a full container and 8 to 12 weeks on a groupage container. Times can also vary depending on the location of the port in Australia they are going to.
  • Upon arrival in Australia, one of our trusted destination agents will then take care of your belongings and move. All goods entering Australia are subject to customs clearance and quarantine inspection.

Documents needed:

There are several documents that you will need to ship your items to Australia, they include- Unaccompanied Personal Effects Statement Form 8534 (6/100) Copy of Photo page of passport and Visa and contact details in Australia.

Customs Clearance and Quarantine Procedures:

From the date of your shipment at our agent’s Bonded depot, clearance will take approximately 10-14 working days to clear the shipment through customs and quarantine prior to delivery to your new residence. Duty will be charged on alcohol, cigarettes, tobacco and household items that have not been owned and used twelve months prior to shipping. This must be paid to customs and will delay your delivery of the shipment if payment is not made. Quarantine will inspect every shipment that is cleared through our agent’s depot. They may order fumigation, steam cleaning and other specialised treatments on items and additional charges will apply.

International Packing

Burke Bros packing crews are professionally trained in international export packing to ensure that your furniture and belongings arrive at their new destination in the best possible condition after their international journey from the UK, whether by air freight or sea freight.  

Delivery to your new home:

Once your items have been cleared, our agent’s operations department will arrange a mutually suitable day for delivery to your new home, or your shipment can be placed in to secure storage facilities. Their services should include full unwrapping of all furniture items, reassembly of items that require non-specialist attention such as beds, dressers and bookcases etc. Other services may be available at an additional cost.

Prohibited items include:

  • Drugs of dependence, narcotics, hallucinogens, amphetamines, barbiturates and tranquillizers.
  • Food stuffs of any type, herbs and spices.
  • Christmas decorations, such as pinecones or silk trees with real timber trunks.
  • Dried flower arrangements including for example, potpourri.
  • Plants, soil and seeds.
  • Skins, hides, ivory and feathers.
  • Bones, horns and tusks.

Restricted items or items likely to be inspected by DAFF:

  • Shoes, wellingtons, golf clubs, other sports equipment, camping equipment, bikes, garden tools and furniture.
  • Alcohol and tobacco will attract tax and duties at a high level.
  • Untreated wood items, cane, wicker, bamboo, sea grass and rope.
  • Firearms and other forms of weaponry – restricted and may require Police authorisation or prior approval from the Federal Attorney General.
  • Water Hyacinth – used to make some furniture items.

Electrical Items

All electrical items should generally work on the Australia system, though you may wish to check with the manufacturer.


Most modern UK televisions will work in Australia as the broadcast systems in the UK and Australia are both PAL based. However, as there are different versions, UK TV’s will need to be connected to the Australian equivalent of a UK digital satellite cable receiver.


Pets are permitted entry into Australia but will be subject to such things as: Rabies injections, RNATT (Rabies Antibody Titre Test), quarantine, Import Permit and DEFRA Export Health Certificate.  As part of our overseas removal services, we also offer pet transportation services as part of your move to Australia.


Motor Vehicles

All vehicles being imported to Australia are subject to Australian design regulations and will require a Vehicle Import Approval in advance of shipping. All motorised vehicles are potentially included cars, motorbikes, ride-on mowers, children’s motorised scooters, farm equipment and battery-operated push bikes.

The following link gives the 4 Steps for importing vehicles into Australia if you wish to include them in your removals.


Moving to Australia – Our Complete Coverage:

Removals to Perth, Australia?

Moving to Australia

Our shipping to Perth takes between 35 to 37 days to Port Fremantle. As the largest city and capital of the Australian state of Western Australia, and with a population of around 2 million, across its greater area, Perth is the fourth most populated city in Australia.
Official Website: https://www.wa.gov.au

Removals to Adelaide, Australia?

Our shipping to Adelaide takes between 29 to 31 days to Port Adelaide. As the capital city of South Australia and with an estimated population of around 1.3 million people, Adelaide is the fifth largest city in Australia, situated north of the Fleurieu Peninsula on the Adelaide Plains between the Gulf of St. Vincent and the Mount Lofty Ranges.
Official Website: https://www.sa.gov.au

Removals to Melbourne, Australia?

Our shipping to Melbourne takes between 43 to 45 days to Port Phillip. As the capital city in the state of Victoria, Melbourne is the leading financial centre and the second most populated Australian city. Sitting on the large bay of Port Phillip, Melbourne is rated highly for education, entertainment, healthcare, research and development, tourism and sports.
Official Website: https://www.melbourne.vic.gov.au/pages/home.aspx

Removals to Sydney, Australia?

Our shipping to Sydney takes between 39 to 41 days to Port Jackson. As the state capital city of New South Wales, and with the famously known iconic Sydney Harbour, Sydney Opera House and Harbour bridge, Sydney is the most populated city in Australia and Oceania with its metropolitan area having around 4.8 million people, being the most multicultural city in Australia and the world.
Official Website: https://www.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au

Removals to Brisbane, Australia?

Shipping to Brisbane takes between 40 to 42 days to Port of Brisbane. As the capital city in the state of Queensland and as the third most populated city in Australia, Brisbane’s metropolitan area has a population of around 2.2million and the South East Queensland urban conurbation has around 3 million people. Named after the Brisbane River, it’s situated inside a bend of the river approximately 9 miles from its mouth at Moreton Bay.
Official Website: https://www.qld.gov.au

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Currencies Direct

Currencies Direct offer a fast, easy way to transfer money overseas, without the hassle and cost of dealing with your bank - either online 24/7 or over the phone.

With over 20 years’ experience they’ve helped thousands of people save money when buying property abroad, offering bank-beating exchange rates and never charging a transfer fee. They’ve even helped customers save the entire cost of their removal charges!

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LUMON, the Property Payment Specialists, have been helping clients make transfers for their international move since 2000. With in-country banking, international bi-lingual teams, and specialist processes including provision of legally required paperwork for property transactions from the French Riviera to the Australian Gold Coast, they are a really useful service to consider with your move.

They have a dedicated Burke Bros team which you can contact on 0044-1494-972-722. Alternatively, you can enter your details and request a call back through their website here: Lumon or email BurkeBros@LumonPay.com

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