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  1. Hi All I'm new here, soon to move from Kent to Melbourne with my family. Like others, we've had a few shipping quotes and now we're trying to decide which to use. All four companies have said we'll fill a 20 foot container, and quotes are as follows: White & Co: £4000 John Mason: £4100 PSS: £4360 Anglo Pacific: £4380 I'm leaning toward W&C but they almost seem too cheap, and I can't find a lot on the forum posts about them. There seems to be lots (mostly positive) on John Mason, and some (less positive) on AP. Has anyone used W&C recently? Would you recommend them? Or would anyone strongly favour one of the others? My current thinking is that all the big companies have people with good and bad experiences, so really it comes down to a bit of luck (and insurance!), but I'd welcome any thoughts. Thanks!
  2. liniloo

    Shipping work tools

    Hi Guys can you tell me what is the best way my OH can ship out his work tools and also the cheapest!!!! (to Perth):biggrin: cheers Linda x
  3. Hi all, I've spent the last few weeks shopping around for the best shipping quote. The quotes I got were as follows: Careline: 20ft Container - €5187 RAS: 20ft Container - €5850 500 cubic feet shared - €3112.5 AMC: 20ft Container - €5250 500 cubic feet shared - €3661 300 cubic feet - €2542 Oman: 40ft Container shared - €3995 500 cubic feet shared- €3620 A Ace: 500 cubic feet shared - €2366 Hope this helps
  4. Hi folks! This has probably been asked before but can anyone recommend the best way to ship a motorbiike to Australia? Put it into the container with the rest of our gear or send it separately? Also what are the approximate costs of doing this? If it's going separately it might not be cost-effective. Any bikers out there who've gone down this route? Thanks,
  5. Hi, Can anyone recommend a good and reliable shipping company from the Republic or Ireland? Although we're from Scotland I'm currently working in Cork and most of our belongings are here, so makes sense to ship from here too. We don't have a lot to take (keeping a house in Scotland and will be able to store some non-essential in the loft) maybe 1-2 cbm (not much really, just extra clothes and electrical stuff) Thanks, Stu
  6. Hi everyone, I am just in the process of deciding what to ship and what not. Just wondering that when the guys come to calculate cubic footage and quote what should we do with the stuff. Is it ok to leave clothes bedding etc in the wardrobes and storage and just show them around or do people usually gather all the stuff for shipping into one or two rooms downstairs? Oh please advice...
  7. Just trying to make a list of what to ship. Planning on moving to Sydney so I guess we will still need duvets for winter. Are the duvets , mattresses and beds the same sizes as in the uk? For e.g do they have the standard 4'6" double bed etc? Also are duvets the same sizes? Oh please help.
  8. Guest

    Starting the whole process

    Hello there, I'm looking for ANY advice that people have with regard to relocating to Melbourne. We are a family of 3, Aus husband, 4 yr old son and me, British citizen applying for spouse visa. Visa not a problem. I am trying to get my head around the move. I am likely to be able to get agency work as a nurse as I have before, but the thought of being without our stuff for 3 months fills me with dread and I don't know what we will do! We plan to travel for approx 8 weeks on the way. EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEk! We are so excited, but have lots of questions. All help will be really appreciated. Claire, Luke and Charley ))
  9. Hi All, I'm moving back to the UK in June and need some advise on shipping. I don't really have much to take back with me as I've sold it, but I have a few items likes pictures, clothes, CD's, DVD's etc that I want to take back with me, but my suitcase will be to full. I think I'll only need 2 boxes, but just wondered if anyone knew of a site where you just make a one off payment, fill the box and ship without having to worry about measurements etc. I've seen sites from UK to OZ, but not the otherway.:arghh: Any information would be greatful.... Thankyou :ssign5:
  10. Plan ahead by moving overseas with the experts! Moving to Australia is not without its ups and downs. To make sure you stay ahead of the game, it pays to be well informed. Everyone wants to start their new life down under with as much money as possible and there are a number of things you can do to ensure you make the most of your funds. Key topics always discussed on the forum include moving your possessions, shipping your car, shipping your pets, transferring your money into your new Australian bank account and getting a mortgage. Poms in Oz is hosting our first Live Chat session for 2012 with leading experts in banking, currency exchange, financial advice, international removals and pet transportation. The chat event will take place on Wednesday 08th February 2012 from 7:30pm-9:30pm (UK Time). National Australia Bank, Moneycorp, PSS International Removals, PetAirUK and Vista Financial Services will be on hand to answer any questions you may have about your move. To participate, click on the 'chat' menu option at the top of the page. Clicking on chat will launch the chat software. There will different 'rooms' for each of the different companies. Unregistered guests can participate by following this link - Chat with Industry Experts, then, once the chat software has loaded, tick the 'Guest' option at the top of the chat window, then choose a username and click 'Login' and enter the 'Moneycorp, NAB, PSS, PetAirUK or Vista Financial Services' chat rooms. National Australia Bank [img2=right]http://www.pomsinoz.com/images/chat-nab.png[/img2] Royce Hort will talk about the Australian Banking system providing you with some insights as to what is different between the UK and Australia. She will also talk about how straight forward it is to open an Australian Bank account before you leave home and some of the services you should consider. Moneycorp [img2=right]http://www.pomsinoz.com/images/newmc.gif[/img2] Whether you are moving to Australia, or living there already, John Kinghorn will bring you the latest updates on the Aussie dollar and provide insight into the key factors influencing market movements. Exchange rates are constantly fluctuating and transferring your funds at the right time, via the right channel, can make a big difference to the amount of money you actually end up with. PSS International Removals [img2=right]http://www.pomsinoz.com/images/chat-pss.png[/img2] One of the key ingredients when you are moving overseas is the planning of your removal. Liam Witham will be on hand to offer advice and answer any questions you may have regarding the packing and shipping of your household effects, including what items you can ship to Australia, Australian Customs procedures and AQIS. PetAir UK [img2=right]http://www.pomsinoz.com/images/petair.png[/img2] Bob Ghandour, Veterinary Consultant and Director of PetAir UK will be on hand to discuss any aspects of shipping your pets to Australia. PetAir UK is a unique pet travel service run by specialised vets for ultimate peace of mind. We will transport your pets safely and comfortably - worldwide. No matter what the journey, we will remove the stress of complicated pet travel arrangements and ensure the best possible service to our clients and their much-loved companions is one of our highest priorities. We operate a 'one of the family' policy, where all animals are treated with the same respect and care as our own pets. We know how much it means to you that your beloved pet arrives safely and by using PetAir UK you can assure yourself you are providing the very best care for your pet. We offer truly comprehensive packages which provide absolute continuity from start to finish. Every client is allocated one of our personal veterinary consultants who will oversee every step of the process. From complex documentation and import permit applications through to last minute flight changes, nothing is a problem for our competent and dedicated team. Vista Financial Services [img2=right]http://www.pomsinoz.com/images/vista-financial.png[/img2] Andrew Williams is both a UK qualified and Australian practicing Financial Adviser and Mortgage Consultant specialising in advising UK expats in Australia on the transition and development of their financial affairs. From assisting clients with securing their first Australian mortgage through to working with them to understand whether transferring their UK Pensions is in their interests, Andrew is able to help answer your questions and concerns on a wide range of financial planning matters.
  11. Chaps General consensus is that it is about 7-10 days before they release it although it does depend, I know, on other circumstances. when I shipped items before it was about 7 days, but Kent Moving, over here, advised that with our ship docking in Melbourne on the 17 Feb, we would not see our stuff until 7 or 8 March. That seems a very long time, so can anyone advise the length of time they have waited, recently, for their container to be released and thus delivered? Thanks Sip
  12. We've got our quotes here from John Mason, PSS and Anglo Pacific. In the very samll print they all provide a list of exclusions, which range from : Container Decontamination Local Duties Inspections Local Taxes Sums due to government departments Container detention fees Demurrage Quay Rent Cargo Dues Provision of hoist or lifting equipment Quarantine I know that we have to pay for the AQUIS inspection which was quoted at 250 AUD per 30 mins, but what about these other exclusions. Did anyone get hit with anything above and beyond what they were quoted ?
  13. So many people get nervous about shipping in general and always have lots of questions. So hopefully this thread will help you if you are being sponsored by an Australian company. My OH was offered a job with a mining company whom I coincidentally have worked for in the past. I thought they would be pretty reliable so we thought nothing of letting them handle all the relocation stuff. That included visas, shipping all our stuff, flights and a month in furnished accommodation here in Kalgoorlie. So he took the job and I was also offered another job with a different company. My company would have handled the relocation too and knowing what I know now I wish we had let them do it all. So, the job was offered in about July last year but we made them aware that we wouldn't be able to move until October, as we had to get our UK house ready to rent out and my OH was working overseas which made handing in his notice difficult. They agreed to all that and we started the 457 visa process. Visas were approved in about 5 weeks. Then we pushed them to start thinking about booking flights, as OH knew from experience they get full fairly quickly and we wanted flights with qantas and at a certain time of day. They delayed in that regard, but then wanted a start date of mid-September. We said, er, no you agreed to beginning of October at the earliest. Anyway that was pretty stressful but they did concede and agree to a start date of 3rd of October. Then they booked the flights and sent us the details, it was the flights we wanted so all good. So, about 4 weeks before flying we decided on a shipping company (they let us choose which one). We chose Britannia as they had a depot nearby which was important as we are shipping a motorbike, and it was much easier to deal with them at the depot. They came and packed up on the 21st of September and everything was great. Nice friendly removal blokes and they took care in packing everything. So we waved goodbye to our stuff and then did a tour of the country saying goodbye to families etc. For the last week we stayed with OH's sister in Devon. A week before our flight the company sponsoring us contacted us by email to say they'd changed our flights, now they were with singapore and at 11am (being in Devon, that meant a much earlier start to the day than we wanted). At this time we were also tiold by Britannia that our stuff would be taken to the port the next week pending payment from our sponsoring company. So we flew on down to Kalgoorlie and settled into our temporary accommodation, and started the process of setting up anew. Stressful at first finding a rental, a car and all the rest. But in the back of your mind you know your stuff won't be long, we were expecting it to arrive by mid-December. 3 weeks later, we asked our company to provide us with a ship's name so we could track our container. They said, "hmmm, we haven't paid for it yet, by the way we have our own insurance so we don't need to use Britannia's insurance". We were livid, and so were Britannia. Especially after the contract including their insurance had been signed, and our stuff had been with them for 4 weeks at that point. So we got pretty angry at them and they still dragged their heels, and didn't pay for the shipping for another 4 weeks. At that point we'd wished we'd paid for it ourselves! Having to put up with beanbags to sit on all that time (and still am!)! Anyway, we finally got news that our ship had set sail, estimated arrival date 26th December into Fremantle. Better late than never but it meant having Christmas in a pretty empty house (our friends came to the rescue though!). More troubles this week. The shipping company for the Australian side of things gave us the wrong ship name (we did wonder why our stuff was on a ship heading to Antwerp!). And they thought our stuff was being delivered in the Perth Metro area. It goes to show that you might have a great shipping company at the UK end, but it's kind of pot luck when it comes to the Australian side of things. Having said that we've done 3 international moves in the past and never had any problems. Maybe our luck ran out.... Now our ship has been delayed by another 2 weeks.
  14. I'm feeling really nervous about Crown coming in to pack us up in 6 weeks time. I've no experience of any removal companies so i'm not at all sure what happens on the day. How much help do you give? I'm quite a control freak and I really don't want to annoy the guys that come around! haha! I'm not at all work shy so i'm happy to help out - I just don't know what to expect really! All advice is welcome!
  15. We are moving out in April and are getting most of our items shipped. We will be renting furnished until container arrives. Is there anything that you wished you put in your suitcase rather than having to wait for it. It's hard trying to think what we will REALLY need to begin with. We have 2 young boys (8 and 4) and will obviously need to pack some toys and things for them. :rolleyes:
  16. Hey guys, So basicly i signed up here to ask, i wanna buy this car called the Vaxhaull Nova, from the UK because i cant seem to find one here in Australia (Be good if you can help me?) but if worst comes to worst ill need to ship one from the UK, i was just wondering how much would it cost ?? and is there anything i need to know about shippin that type of car over here???? cheers guys
  17. Sorry if this has been discussed before, but I can't find any information specific to WA. We have imported a Suzuki motorbike and expect to hear soon that we can pick it up from the removal companies warehouse in Kewdale. Problem is, we live in Kalgoorlie, 600km away. Originally we were under the impression that the bike would be delivered to our home address along with the rest of our stuff. But I think this is more of a contractual issue between our UK movers and the Australian movers. But it looks like we'll be heading to Perth soon. We have been trying to find out what needs to happen next, and keep getting different answers. Andy tried calling the department of roads and transport here in WA, the import authority in Canberra and an approved inspection engineer. Some of them say we need to get it inspected in Perth (which would be a separate trip so that's about 2500km so far...) to get the endorsement of compliance, then others say it can be inspected locally. The website is not clear, or at least we can't find a clear answer. Has anyone imported a motorbike into WA? We're especially keen to hear from anyone who does not live in Perth. Thanks, Lauren & Andy
  18. I came to OZ about 3 years ago on a working holiday visa and have since married an Australian and got my permanent residency. Now I'm settled here I thought that I would ship some of my personal effects that we didn't have room for, or the money to ship previously. I arranged a shipping company and it was all good. Now they are saying that because I haven't been out of the country for over a year (last time was a holiday to Fiji in 2010) I will get charged Duty and GST on all of my items that I'm shipping. Most of the items are of sentimental value only but there are a few bits like an old bike, stereo etc which are well over 5 years old but worth a little more. I am really just wondering if I would really have to pay GST and Duty on the goods just because it's been left so long to ship them? Is there any good resource that would have the answers I need? Any numbers I can call? I don't want to get charged loads in Duty as the goods are of little value. Any help would be gratefully received. Cheers Ross
  19. Hi there, Hubby in turmoil over shipping (or not) his baby over - without the hassle of 40ft container - is there another way to ship a bike? From Dublin to Sydney. Any advice appreciated. Thanks, Michelle
  20. Hi Everyone, This is my first post; My Wife Son and I are flying to Sydney on the 9th of November. We booked the flights yesterday :biggrin: I have 4 year sponsored visa. I Need advice?? Has anyone had any experience shipping off road bikes/quads to OZ? I did intend on shipping everything we have out, but as times gone on we have decided to just sell pretty much everything we have and start fresh once we are out there. The only thing I really really really do not want to leave/sell is my Suzuki Enduro Bike. The current UK RRP: is around six thousand and its a 2010 model only a few month old, has no lights etc and looks like a dirt bike, so I am hoping I wont get hit with the same various taxes and costs when shipping a road registered bike. (I also have a 2010 Yamaha YZF-R1, but after a bit of a google it seems to be none cost effective to ship, as it’s only three month old) I was considering stripping the off road bike into parts and sending it all in boxes maybe along with some house hold stuff (furniture, kids’ toys mtb's etc) Any ideas?? Thanks. BAZ.
  21. I might be going slightly mad, so this could be more of a sanity check question but are there shipping companies who will take half the money on pick up and collect the other half upon delivery of your things? I may have imagined this was possible, but in my head it makes sense because they are taking all of your worldly goods (in some cases), leaving you with nothing for a couple of months, with no real guarantee that you'll ever see it again.
  22. Hiya We are moving from Scotland to WA and we are looking for any advice on which companies to use? We got a quote from Pickfords for a shared container (737cft) of £4400 (this does not include insurance). Can anyone advise if this is roughly the norm, and other good companies out there? Thanks
  23. just had my quote from a local family company in lowestoft suffolk (BROADLAND REMOVALS) and it is for a sole use 20ft container, came in at £3950 which includes tax, insurance, door to door removals (lowestoft to perth) and everything export wrapped. this also included boxes and they do the inventory. Ive been monitoring all the big boys quotes from other people and i cant see how they are really any better getting them in as they will travel long distances just to quote. I am moving contents from a 4 bed house and i think going locally just might be my way forward
  24. Malkitek

    shipping cat, need oz phone number?

    Sorry if this has been asked before! We have decided (finally!) to take our cat to Adelaide with us. Have started getting quotes, but quite a few have said we need an address and phone number in OZ to apply for permit? This is a bit difficult, seeing as we don't have one! I have short term rental booked which I believe has a phone and I can probably get the number, but if they phone before I get there then whoever answers will have no idea what they are talking about? I have a friend in Brisbane that I email about twice a year, and could probably get her phone number, but seems a bit cheeky? Does anyone have any ideas, and do you always need a phone number? It even says not mobile? Thanks Gill and Spooky x
  25. Hi, We are flying out to Perth in November and would love to take our 54 Plate Audi A4, could anyone recommend a good company for doing this. Thanks