I am now officially unemployed (as of 31st May) and we have our Visa approval back so it's full steam ahead now.
I've replied to a number of different threads on here about my shipping company experience thus far, so have decided to start a thread of my own instead of keep replying to more than one thread....so here goes.
We are moving from Newcastle UK to Bairnsdale in Victoria (approx 300km from Melbourne). We live in an end terraced 3 bedroom house and are shipping pretty much everything that would rattle around if you tipped our house upside down and shook it !
So, having read through a number of these threads we decided to shortlist 5 shipping companies to come out and quote us for shipping our goods.
This is the story so far.
John Masons have quoted us £4700 to ship 947cu ft. This quote does not include insurance which they estimate at about 3% of the cost of our goods. I would hazard a guess at £30,000 which comes out at £900.
I got a really good impression from this company and the guy that came out. They've sent a lot of good information through with my quote, and the guy that came out told us basically everything we needed to know and was able to answer every question I put to him. He also gave us a good idea of do's and don't's in terms of what to take and what not to take, what to clean and how things work with quarantine etc.
Doree Bonner have quoted £4750. They haven't stated the cu/ft they've quoted for which has annoyed me !
The guy that came out was very nice as well. The company are very local to me and offered a really good service (including 30 days free storage here in the UK) and seemed very genuine and accommodating for us. He said is we put our things in storage here in the UK that they will happily come and pick up any additional items and pack them for us - should we purchase something else we want to take in between our house being emptied and our goods being packed, so that was quite appealing. He also told me to let him know the other quotes that I get and they'll happily discuss these with me and see if they can move on their price - which they generally always seem to do from what I've read on here.
PSS have quoted £3602 to send 603cu/ft groupage, or £4272 for sole use of 20ft container.
Didn't really get a good feeling from the guy that came today. He was a nice enough chap but seemed very nervous. Wouldn't sit down to go through things with us and generally didn't offer up any information to us other than a couple of little info packs. We asked a good few questions though...the same as we have with the other 2 that have been, but overall I just didn't get a good feeling from this guy. How much difference that makes I don't know.
Crown have quoted £5399, again they have not specified the cu/ft, however I asked the estimator when she was finished and it came in around 980cu/ft
Robinsons have quoted £4595 for 801cu/ft
So in summary I have two quotes back that are 947 and 980 cu/ft, one quote based on 630 cu/ft and one based on 810 cu ft.
The only company that have included the AQIS charge ($440 approx) was Crown, so if you take that off their quote it comes in at around £4900.
Having read through all the documentation and having spoken to them all, the only one that has made it crystal clear that the price I'm quoted is the price I will have to pay with no nasty surprises at the other end is Robinsons. I'm not sure if this applies to the other companies or not, but I'm going back to them anyway to show them the quotes I've been given from all of their competitors to see who will move on price and how much.
I'm also getting Anglo Pacific and Whites and Co to come out also to give me quotes as well.