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    Shipping from Ireland

    we have used PSS before in 2018 , we just moved again got them to quote and they seem to be on the more expensive end . this time we shipped 600 cubic feet. for under £4500 door-to-door England to WA with John Mason , our stuff was packed and picked up in early May , left UK first week in July , arrived 2 week in August and we will get it delivered on Monday. All cost were spot on and did not go up half way through the journey , like other horror stories you read on here. in fact we didn't have to pay until after our goods were packed and taken away. All round a good experience , ask me again on Monday ;-}
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    Best international removers

    some more websites to check out what items cost in OZ Have a look at these websites to see if you can work out what's worth it or not. every cubic foot of stuff we had packed into the container worked out at roughly at £7.00 www.appliancesonline.com.au jbhifi.com.au Freedom.com.au harveynorman.com.au myer.com.au davidjones.com.au Kmart.com.au target.com.au bigw.com.au BCF.com.au www.anacondastores.com kitchenwarehouse.com.au latestcatalogues.com our stuff was packed in May, we arrived in Oz in June , our container (shared ) shipped in July and just arrived at the port in Fremantle with delivery in about 2 weeks . so timing can work out sometimes.
  3. I would be interested by how much the removal costs have gone up , we moved in 2018 and our cost for sole 20" container to Perth was about £3500 without insurance . Just wondering what people are getting quoted now . Probably need only a shared container this time , as the stuff we take with us gets less every time we move . Been Ping Ponging for a while . We came back in 2020, thought we were missing something but things didn't work out and now aiming to return to Perth sometime end next year when travel restrictions hopefully are more relaxed, making this a bit easier again. Any input would be appreciated
  4. just arrived in OZ yesterday :). it really depends on how much you think you get use out of the items to take. this time around ( UK-OZ) we just bought a new sofa and washing machine so it was making sense to take them , plus office equipment I need plus sentimental stuff, pictures.... we approach it this way , stuff that's not negotiable, then all the other stuff if it makes financial sense. Because Aussie quarantine regulations are so strict, we left most of our gardening stuff in the UK. When I went back last time we were working on ~ £5 per cubic feet, this time around it's more like ~£7.5 per cubic feet. So we measure our stuff , calculate what it costs to take it, then research what it would be to replace . Because we always sold up property and ship our stuff , timelines sometimes don't give you enough time to sell everything in the UK ( selling timelines in OZ are locked in and much more predictable) so to reduce waste we sometimes take stuff that is borderline . Have a look at these websites to see if you can work out what's worth it or not. www.appliancesonline.com.au jbhifi.com.au Freedom.com.au harveynorman.com.au myer.com.au davidjones.com.au Kmart.com.au target.com.au bigw.com.au BCF.com.au www.anacondastores.com kitchenwarehouse.com.au www.latestcatalogues.com good luck with your move
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    Age

    Perth seems to be cheaper , I'm arriving next month , booked an AirBnB for 2.5 month at just over A$ 7.5k , roughly A$100 a night . hopefully I have bought a house by the end of that term. I'm in my 60's, never too late to have a crack at it again
  6. you can still set up a Wise account in Australia , it will give you a UK currency account as well as an Australian currency account . So you will have a UK sort code and account number you can give to anybody paying you in £. you can get a debit card with it and spend the funds in OZ with an automated conversion £-->AU$ I wouldn't use it to hold large amounts of money ( as they starting to charge you for it and they are not a bank so they don't come under the government guarantee ) but it's great to hold small recurring payments.
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    "New"?

    Not always the case, I paid for a sole 20" container use last time I went from UK-AU , but the quotation also had a set amount on cubic feet, in the end I was charged extra because our stuff went over by about 30 cubic feet but was way under the capacity of the container. that was the clause in my quotation :"The estimated loading capacity of one 20' General Purpose Container is 1050 cubic feet of household effects. Should you wish to add to your volume of 625 cubic feet the additional charge to cover packing and destination charges would be £4.10 per cubic foot Maximum £489.00 (subject to the total volume not exceeding one 20' General Container load)" never was told I can't take anything new, I think the definition of new is "bought less than 12 month ago" not packed in an unopened box, Any item under 12 month old you just have to list them on the paperwork with a date and value , done that before , never had any issues, my total of new stuff was under A$1000 though
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    Extra shipping costs UK - Perth

    no, we looked at loads , there are good and bad stories about everybody ... we will stick to a container , cost per cubic feet works out to roughly £7.50 where the move cubes were more like £16.00. also have a look at https://www.kitchenwarehouse.com.au , https://www.jbhifi.com.au , https://www.appliancesonline.com.au, https://www.freedom.com.au or little bit more left field https://www.empirehome.com.au ( Osborne Park , heaps of options on Scarborough Beach road ) ), https://www.eastwestdesign.com.au (Fremantle)
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    NHS pension

    As far as I know ( my wife receives an NHS pension) the NHS pension is not subject to a freeze once you leave the UK and will enjoy a yearly increase unlike the state pension .
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    Extra shipping costs UK - Perth

    your container quotation will include pickup/delivery at destination of your goods and probably packing and unpacking . The $500 is most likely for the customs clearance , the usual fee for a 20" container if nothing is flagged during the inspection to not pass . there is also a $80 port handling charge for Fremantle. the move cube Oz part of the quotation includes the delivery, not too sure about the door-to-door price as every quote if done only shows depot pick-up in regards to select what to take and what not : i'm going through the same process at the moment ( having done it a couple of times before) , and I thought Move cube was more expensive as using a shared container load , a medium cube is only ~110 cubic feet , if you break it down the cost by cubic feet . I've gone through my house measured the cubic feet of items in questions ,multiplied it by the cost per cubic feet of my quotations , then decided if it's worth or not .
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    Shipping price increase?

    I'm so sorry to hear that, that's terrible . Did PSS say what it is for . I thought once you sign the contract, paid and the ship has sailed, that should be it other than Port congestion or demurrage charges. I know that there was a fee increase at the beginning of March so that should have already been included if yours only left 2weeks ago
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    PCR Tests

    have you read this one , comes into effect on Friday. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-60741158
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    Roberts Radio?

    it depends , if it a digital one it needs to be DAB+ standard , if it's the older UK DAB it won't work
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    shipping company

    Hi, We are moving back from the UK --> Perth , yeah borders are finally open again. Just getting some quotes . I have used PSS in the past, seen some posts about John Mason. I was wondering if anybody has used Doree Bonner or Mercia Movers and could share their experience , good or bad . I did look at trip advisor reviews but the ratings are as varied as Boris Johnson's answers to a "Yes" or "No" question. I also understand that the experience differs greatly depending on the crew you get on the day of the move . Movecubes aren't big enough and to expensive Many Thanks
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    shipping company

    thanks very much , can't wait to get back to WA. Same here i never heard of Mercia before , but I had good responses from them so far and read as good as others reviews online. so hard these days to sort the fakes from the real .
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    shipping company

    Yes I get all that , I was simply asking if somebody had some experience with these two specific companies as I haven't seen them being mentioned here before
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    shipping company

    thanks that's good advice . I do believe that a lot depends on the local crew you get as they are the ones packing your household with care or not . I agree re insurance , alway use somebody independent. I have always used Letton Percival in the past We have done this over 10 times , internationally and coast to cost in Oz over the last 30 years, this is going to be the last one !
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    Stuck in ‘Paradise’

    Oh I miss that blue sky
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    International Arrival

    I received 2 different brand tests from the NHS , one was a flow flex branded one which i found on the list the others don't seem to have a brand name , just says covid-19 NHS so I don't know if they pass ?? here's the list I found : https://www.tga.gov.au/covid-19-rapid-antigen-self-tests-are-approved-australia
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    Shipping price increase?

    i just received a couple of quote updates in regards to the price increase and it worked out to about £1 per cubic foot increase . that's UK --> AU Perth ~500cubuc feet
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    International Arrival

    Can you bring your own RAT test , the NHS one from the UK for example ??
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    Delays with our shipping container

    I see your point , but in the changing landscape of the shipping industry. I think removal companies have a duty to spell out potential extra cost, in the same way they do for not covered Australian custom/quarantine inspection costs , potential container clean ... and not hide a one liner in the fine print as general statement Surely they have enough experience to have an educated guess at potential costs , day rates for delays . It's just so you can budget for that and don't get hit out of blue for a couple of extra £1000s
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    Delays with our shipping container

    Did use PSS before , not my best experience . What bugs me is that these companies sell you what sounds like a fixed cost a door-to-door service , put you stuff on the lowest cost service available and have no responsibility if other charges/delays occur on route as they just pass it on to the customer. Read the fine print ! Not looking forward to the price increase in March . Does anybody know if you can insure against any demurrage/port charges ?
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    Albany in Winter

    You can get snow in Winter in the sterling ranges. I remember the kids going up from Denmark for a day trip for the experience .
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    Delays with our shipping container

    can I ask who you have used to ship your household ? I was wondering why your container had to change ship in Singapore . I have shipped my household a number of times between UK and Western Australia and I always was able to track the container/ship on the journey and the container was always on the the departing vessel until arrival??
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